Daniel J Rader

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Seymour Gray Professor of Molecular Medicine
Director, Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Lipid Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Associate Director, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Metabolism Unit, Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Program Director, General Clinical Research Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Bridge Funding Program Committee, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Committee on Appointments and Promotions, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Scientific Director, Clinical and Translational Research, Cardivascular Institute, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Chief, Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, PennMedicine BioBank, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
11-125 Smilow Center for Translational Research
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104-5158
Office: (215) 573-4176
Fax: (215) 573-8606
Education:
B.A.
Lehigh University, 1981.
M.D.
Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1984.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Interests
The Rader laboratory is focused on two major themes: 1) novel pathways regulating lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis inspired by unbiased studies of human genetics; 2) factors regulating the structure and function of high density lipoproteins and the process of reverse cholesterol transport and their relationship to atherosclerosis. A variety of basic cell and molecular laboratory techniques, mouse models, and translational research approaches are used in addressing these questions.

Some examples of ongoing projects are:
1) The roles of sortilin (gene SORT1) and tribbles-1 (gene TRIB1) in lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis. Variants at the SORT1 locus are among the most strongly associated with LDL cholesterol and (coronary artery disease) in the human genome, and variants at the TRIB1 locus are significantly associated with all major plasma lipid traits and CAD. A variety of tissue-specific deleted mouse models, gene targeting in iPS cells with differentiation to hepatocytes, and cell biologic and biochemical approaches are being employed.

2) Functional genomics and mechanistic studies of a number of additional genes at loci significantly associated with lipid and metabolic traits, CAD, or other cardiovascular traits. Most of these genes harbor rare coding variants associated with these traits. In addition to elucidating fundamental mechanisms by which the protein influences relevant biology, the influence of specific mutations on protein structure and function are being explored.

3) Molecular regulation of HDLmetabolism and reverse cholesterol transport using cells, mice, and humans

4) Deep phenotyping of humans with low-frequency and rare variants in genes influencing lipid and cardiovascular traits, including the generation of iPS cells and differentiation to a variety of relevant cell types

Research Lab:
11th floor, Smilow Center for Translational Research

Clinical Research:
9th floor Maloney Building, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania

Description of Itmat Expertise

Research Interests
The Rader laboratory is focused on two major themes: 1) novel pathways regulating lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis inspired by unbiased studies of human genetics; 2) factors regulating the structure and function of high density lipoproteins and the process of reverse cholesterol transport and their relationship to atherosclerosis. A variety of basic cell and molecular laboratory techniques, mouse models, and translational research approaches are used in addressing these questions.

Some examples of ongoing projects are:
1) The roles of sortilin (gene SORT1) and tribbles-1 (gene TRIB1) in lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis. Variants at the SORT1 locus are among the most strongly associated with LDL cholesterol and (coronary artery disease) in the human genome, and variants at the TRIB1 locus are significantly associated with all major plasma lipid traits and CAD. A variety of tissue-specific deleted mouse models, gene targeting in iPS cells with differentiation to hepatocytes, and cell biologic and biochemical approaches are being employed.

2) Functional genomics and mechanistic studies of a number of additional genes at loci significantly associated with lipid and metabolic traits, CAD, or other cardiovascular traits. Most of these genes harbor rare coding variants associated with these traits. In addition to elucidating fundamental mechanisms by which the protein influences relevant biology, the influence of specific mutations on protein structure and function are being explored.

3) Molecular regulation of HDLmetabolism and reverse cholesterol transport using cells, mice, and humans

4) Deep phenotyping of humans with low-frequency and rare variants in genes influencing lipid and cardiovascular traits, including the generation of iPS cells and differentiation to a variety of relevant cell types


Administrative Assistant:
Linda Carmichael, 215-573-4176

Executive Assistant:
Cathy Warford, 215-573-7272

Grants Manager:
Michael S. Kelly, 215-573-1264


Research Lab:
11th floor, Smilow Center for Translational Research

Clinical Research:
9th floor Maloney Building, Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania


Research Group:

Research Associate Professors:
Marina Cuchel, MD PhD

Research Assistant Professors:
Yanqing (Anna) Gong, PhD
Nicholas Hand, PhD

Adjunct Professors:
Sissel Lund-Katz, PhD
Michael C. Phillips, PhD

Senior Research Investigators:
Jeffrey Billheimer, PhD
John Millar, PhD
Athanasia (Nancy) Skoura, PhD

Research Associates:
Nicholas Lyssenko, PhD
Sony Tuteja, PharmD

Post-doctoral Fellows:
Deepti Abbey, PhD
Ezimamaka Ajufo, MD
Robert Bauer, PhD
Xin Bi, PhD
Donna Conlon, PhD
Marie Guerraty, MD/PhD
Ali Javaheri, MD/PhD
Sylvia Nürnberg, PhD
Evanthia Pashos, PhD
Swapnil Shewale, PhD

Doris Duke Fellow:
Aeron Small

Visiting Scientists:
Jian Cui, MD
Marjolein van den Boogert
Bijun Zhao

Graduate Students:
Devin Christopher
Sumeet Khetarpal
Hye In Kim
Wen Lin
Minal Mehta
Cecilia Vitali
Christopher Yu

Project Managers:
Stephanie DerOhannessian, MB
Dawn Marchadier, MS

Bioinformatician:
H. Shanker Rao, MS

Biostatisticians:
Wei Zhao, MS
Jung-Jin Lee

Data Analyst:
Khalif Coaxum

Research Specialists:
Debra Cromley
Edwige Edouard
Susannah Elwyn, MS
Mayda Hernandez, MS
James McParland
Linda Morrell
Amrith Rodrigues, MS
Mikhaila Smith
Maosen Sun, MD/PhD
Teo Tran
Kevin Trindade
Aisha Wilson, MLAS


Clinical Research Personnel:

Project Managers:
Amanda Baer, MB MBA

Data Coordinators:
Marjorie Risman, MS

Clinical Research Coordinators:
Canita Brent
Maria Escobar
Polina Ferd
Dusanka Lalic
Karen Monono
Anna Sicilia
Tracey Sikora
Karen Terembula
Masako Ueda, MD
Rahma Warsi

Clinical Research Assistants:
Muhamad Farhan
Jamila Hoque
Lauren Vincent
Laura Walters
Katy Wong

Selected Publications

Dron JS, Wang J, Low-Kam C, Khetarpal SA, Robinson JF, McIntyre AD, Ban MR, Cao H, Rhainds D, Dubé MP, Rader DJ, Lettre G, Tardif JC, Hegele RA: Polygenic determinants in extremes of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. J Lipid Res Sep 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Zhao W, Rasheed A, Tikkanen E, Lee JJ, Butterworth AS, Howson JMM, Assimes TL, Chowdhury R, Orho-Melander M, Damrauer S, Small A, Asma S, Imamura M, Yamauch T, Chambers JC, Chen P, Sapkota BR, Shah N, Jabeen S, Surendran P, Lu Y, Zhang W, Imran A, Abbas S, Majeed F, Trindade K, Qamar N, Mallick NH, Yaqoob Z, Saghir T, Rizvi SNH, Memon A, Rasheed SZ, Memon FU, Mehmood K, Ahmed N, Qureshi IH, Tanveer-Us-Salam, Iqbal W, Malik U, Mehra N, Kuo JZ, Sheu WH, Guo X, Hsiung CA, Juang JJ, Taylor KD, Hung YJ, Lee WJ, Quertermous T, Lee IT, Hsu CC, Bottinger EP, Ralhan S, Teo YY, Wang TD, Alam DS, Di Angelantonio E, Epstein S, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Tybjaerg-Hansen A, Young R; CHD Exome+ Consortium, Benn M, Frikke-Schmidt R, Kamstrup PR; EPIC-CVD Consortium; EPIC-Interact Consortium; Michigan Biobank, Jukema JW, Sattar N, Smit R, Chung RH, Liang KW, Anand S, Sanghera DK, Ripatti S, Loos RJF, Kooner JS, Tai ES, Rotter JI, Chen YI, Frossard P, Maeda S, Kadowaki T, Reilly M, Pare G, Melander O, Salomaa V, Rader DJ, Danesh J, Voight BF, Saleheen D. : Identification of new susceptibility loci for type 2 diabetes and shared etiological pathways with coronary heart disease. Nat Genet Sep 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Tuteja S, Wang L, Dunbar RL, Chen J, DerOhannessian S, Marcovina SM, Elam M, Lader E, Rader DJ: Genetic coding variants in the niacin receptor, hydroxyl-carboxylic acid receptor 2, and response to niacin therapy. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 27(8): 285-293, Aug 2017.

Bajaj A, Damrauer SM, Anderson AH, Xie D, Budoff MJ, Go AS, He J, Lash JP, Ojo A, Post WS, Rahman M, Reilly MP, Saleheen D, Townsend RR, Chen J, Rader DJ: Lipoprotein(a) and Risk of Myocardial Infarction and Death in Chronic Kidney Disease: Findings From the CRIC Study (Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort). Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol Aug 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Koekemoer AL, Codd V, Masca NGD, Nelson CP, Musameh MD, Kaess BM, Hengstenberg C, Rader DJ, Samani NJ : Large-Scale Analysis of Determinants, Stability, and Heritability of High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Efflux Capacity. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol Aug 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Khetarpal SA, Zeng X, Millar JS, Vitali C, Somasundara AVH, Zanoni P, Landro JA, Barucci N, Zavadoski WJ, Sun Z, de Haard H, Toth IV, Peloso GM, Natarajan P, Cuchel M, Lund-Katz S, Phillips MC, Tall AR, Kathiresan S, DaSilva-Jardine P, Yates NA, Rader DJ : A human APOC3 missense variant and monoclonal antibody accelerate apoC-III clearance and lower triglyceride-rich lipoprotein levels. Nat Med Aug 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Small AM, Kiss DH, Zlatsin Y, Birtwell DL, Williams H, Guerraty MA, Han Y, Anwaruddin S, Holmes JH, Chirinos JA, Wilensky RL, Giri J, Rader DJ: Text mining applied to electronic cardiovascular procedure reports to identify patients with trileaflet aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease. J Biomed Inform 72: 77-84, Aug 2017.

Dunbar RL, Movva R, Bloedon LT, Duffy D, Norris RB, Navab M, Fogelman AM, Rader DJ.: Oral Apolipoprotein A-I Mimetic D-4F Lowers HDL-Inflammatory Index in High-Risk Patients: A First-in-Human Multiple-Dose, Randomized Controlled Trial. Clin Transl Sci Aug 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Döring Y, Noels H, van der Vorst EPC, Neideck C, Egea V, Drechsler M, Mandl M, Pawig LB, Jansen Y, Schröder K, Bidzhekov K, Megens RTA, Theelen W, Klinkhammer BM, Boor P, Schurgers LJ, van Gorp RH, Ries C, Kusters PJH, van der Wal AC, Hackeng TM, Gäbel G, Brandes RP, Soehnlein O, Lutgens E, Vestweber D, Teupser D, Holdt LM, Rader DJ, Saleheen D, Weber C: Vascular CXCR4 Limits Atherosclerosis by Maintaining Arterial Integrity: Evidence from Mouse and Human Studies. Circulation. 136(4): 388-403, Jul 2017.

Saleheen D, Haycock PC, Zhao W, Rasheed A, Taleb A, Imran A, Abbas S, Majeed F, Akhtar S, Qamar N, Zaman KS, Yaqoob Z, Saghir T, Rizvi SN, Memon A, Mallick NH, Ishaq M, Rasheed SZ, Memon FU, Mahmood K, Ahmed N, Frossard P, Tsimikas S, Witztum JL, Marcovina S, Sandhu M, Rader DJ, Danesh J.: Apolipoprotein(a) isoform size, lipoprotein(a) concentration, and coronary artery disease: a Mendelian randomisation analysis. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 5(7): 524-533, Jul 2017 Notes:

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