Sign in to edit your profile (add interests, mentoring, photo, etc.)

    Lauren Weiss, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    Address401 Parnassus Ave, LangPorter
    San Francisco CA 94143
    vCardDownload vCard

      Collapse Overview 
      Collapse Overview
      My laboratory focuses on understanding the genetic and molecular basis of autism. We are working with genome-wide SNP array data to identify additional susceptibility loci, the genetic and cellular mechanisms by which DNA variants influence autism risk, and the genetic and physiological pathways these risk loci implicate. We can use this rich dataset to ask questions about the genetic architecture of autism, the role for copy number vs. SNP variation, the genetic contribution to the imbalanced sex ratio in autism, and even start to identify novel pathways and the relationship between phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity.

      We are also using cell culture models to test functional effects of risk loci using neural stem cells. We will first identify the effects of genetic risk variants and then be able to ascertain whether the effects of genetic risk can be modified at the cellular level by environmental or pharmacological agents.

      In the long term, one of my primary goals is building a collaborative autism research sample with rich phenotypic data in order to utilize genetic information to identify biological subsets of autism, enhance assessment of autism risk, and improve prediction of treatment effectiveness.

      Collapse ORNG Applications 
      Collapse Websites
      Collapse In The News
      Collapse NIH Awarded Grants
      Collapse Global Health

      Collapse Bibliographic 
      Collapse Publications
      Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Researchers can login to make corrections and additions, or contact us for help.
      List All   |   Timeline
      1. Krencik R, Hokanson KC, Narayan AR, Dvornik J, Rooney GE, Rauen KA, Weiss LA, Rowitch DH, Ullian EM. Dysregulation of astrocyte extracellular signaling in Costello syndrome. Sci Transl Med. 2015 May 6; 7(286):286ra66.
        View in: PubMed
      2. Maier R, Moser G, Chen GB, Ripke S. Joint analysis of psychiatric disorders increases accuracy of risk prediction for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Feb 5; 96(2):283-94.
        View in: PubMed
      3. Desachy G, Croen LA, Torres AR, Kharrazi M, Delorenze GN, Windham GC, Yoshida CK, Weiss LA. Increased female autosomal burden of rare copy number variants in human populations and in autism families. Mol Psychiatry. 2015 Feb; 20(2):170-5.
        View in: PubMed
      4. Poultney CS, Samocha K, Kou Y, Liu L, Walker S, Klei L, Kosmicki J, Biscaldi M, Bolton PF, Brownfeld JM, Cai J, Campbell NG, Crawford EL, Crooks L, Curran SR, Dawson G, Duketis E, Fernandez BA, Gallagher L, Geller E, Guter SJ, Jimenez Gonzalez P, Kilpinen H, Klauck SM, Kolevzon A, Lee I, Lei J, Lehtimäki T, Lin CF, Ma'ayan A, Marshall CR, McInnes AL, Owen MJ, Ozaki N, Parr JR, Purcell S, Puura K, Rajagopalan D, Rehnström K, Reichenberg A, Sabo A, Sachse M, Sanders SJ, Schafer C, Schulte-Rüther M, Skuse D, Stevens C, Szatmari P, Tammimies K, Valladares O, Voran A, Wang LS, Weiss LA, Jeremy Willsey A, Yu TW, Yuen RK. Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism. Nature. 2014 Nov 13; 515(7526):209-15.
        View in: PubMed
      5. Bershteyn M, Hayashi Y, Desachy G, Hsiao EC, Sami S, Tsang KM, Weiss LA, Kriegstein AR, Yamanaka S, Wynshaw-Boris A. Cell-autonomous correction of ring chromosomes in human induced pluripotent stem cells. Nature. 2014 Mar 6; 507(7490):99-103.
        View in: PubMed PMC4030630
      6. Tsang KM, Croen LA, Torres AR, Kharrazi M, Delorenze GN, Windham GC, Yoshida CK, Zerbo O, Weiss LA. A genome-wide survey of transgenerational genetic effects in autism. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10):e76978.
        View in: PubMed PMC3811986
      7. Adviento B, Corbin IL, Widjaja F, Desachy G, Enrique N, Rosser T, Risi S, Marco EJ, Hendren RL, Bearden CE, Rauen KA, Weiss LA. Autism traits in the RASopathies. J Med Genet. 2014 Jan; 51(1):10-20.
        View in: PubMed PMC4230531
      8. Abrahams BS, Arking DE, Campbell DB, Mefford HC, Morrow EM, Weiss LA, Menashe I, Wadkins T, Banerjee-Basu S, Packer A. SFARI Gene 2.0: a community-driven knowledgebase for the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Mol Autism. 2013; 4(1):36.
        View in: PubMed PMC3851189
      9. Martin PM, Yang X, Robin N, Lam E, Rabinowitz JS, Erdman CA, Quinn J, Weiss LA, Hamilton SP, Kwok PY, Moon RT, Cheyette BN. A rare WNT1 missense variant overrepresented in ASD leads to increased Wnt signal pathway activation. Transl Psychiatry. 2013; 3:e301.
        View in: PubMed PMC3784764
      10. Cheng Y, Quinn JF, Weiss LA. An eQTL mapping approach reveals that rare variants in the SEMA5A regulatory network impact autism risk. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Jul 15; 22(14):2960-72.
        View in: PubMed PMC3690972
      11. Goodwin AF, Oberoi S, Landan M, Charles C, Groth J, Martinez A, Fairley C, Weiss LA, Tidyman WE, Klein OD, Rauen KA. Craniofacial and dental development in cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome: the importance of Ras signaling homeostasis. Clin Genet. 2013 Jun; 83(6):539-44.
        View in: PubMed PMC4115672
      12. Chow ML, Pramparo T, Winn ME, Barnes CC, Li HR, Weiss L, Fan JB, Murray S, April C, Belinson H, Fu XD, Wynshaw-Boris A, Schork NJ, Courchesne E. Age-dependent brain gene expression and copy number anomalies in autism suggest distinct pathological processes at young versus mature ages. PLoS Genet. 2012; 8(3):e1002592.
        View in: PubMed PMC3310790
      13. Weiss LA. Autism genetics: emerging data from genome-wide copy-number and single nucleotide polymorphism scans. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2009 Nov; 9(8):795-803.
        View in: PubMed
      14. Weiss LA, Arking DE. A genome-wide linkage and association scan reveals novel loci for autism. Nature. 2009 Oct 8; 461(7265):802-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC2772655
      15. Weiss LA. New insights into genomic variation in health and disease. Genome Med. 2009; 1(4):41.
        View in: PubMed PMC2684662
      16. Blaya C, Moorjani P, Salum GA, Gonçalves L, Weiss LA, Leistner-Segal S, Manfro GG, Smoller JW. Preliminary evidence of association between EFHC2, a gene implicated in fear recognition, and harm avoidance. Neurosci Lett. 2009 Mar 6; 452(1):84-6.
        View in: PubMed
      17. Miller DT, Shen Y, Weiss LA, Korn J, Anselm I, Bridgemohan C, Cox GF, Dickinson H, Gentile J, Harris DJ, Hegde V, Hundley R, Khwaja O, Kothare S, Luedke C, Nasir R, Poduri A, Prasad K, Raffalli P, Reinhard A, Smith SE, Sobeih MM, Soul JS, Stoler J, Takeoka M, Tan WH, Thakuria J, Wolff R, Yusupov R, Gusella JF, Daly MJ, Wu BL. Microdeletion/duplication at 15q13.2q13.3 among individuals with features of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders. J Med Genet. 2009 Apr; 46(4):242-8.
        View in: PubMed PMC4090085
      18. Weiss LA, Shen Y, Korn JM, Arking DE, Miller DT, Fossdal R, Saemundsen E, Stefansson H, Ferreira MA, Green T, Platt OS, Ruderfer DM, Walsh CA, Altshuler D, Chakravarti A, Tanzi RE, Stefansson K, Santangelo SL, Gusella JF, Sklar P, Wu BL, Daly MJ. Association between microdeletion and microduplication at 16p11.2 and autism. N Engl J Med. 2008 Feb 14; 358(7):667-75.
        View in: PubMed
      19. Kim HG, Kishikawa S, Higgins AW, Seong IS, Donovan DJ, Shen Y, Lally E, Weiss LA, Najm J, Kutsche K, Descartes M, Holt L, Braddock S, Troxell R, Kaplan L, Volkmar F, Klin A, Tsatsanis K, Harris DJ, Noens I, Pauls DL, Daly MJ, MacDonald ME, Morton CC, Quade BJ, Gusella JF. Disruption of neurexin 1 associated with autism spectrum disorder. Am J Hum Genet. 2008 Jan; 82(1):199-207.
        View in: PubMed PMC2253961
      20. Thompson EE, Pan L, Ostrovnaya I, Weiss LA, Gern JE, Lemanske RF, Nicolae DL, Ober C. Integrin beta 3 genotype influences asthma and allergy phenotypes in the first 6 years of life. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Jun; 119(6):1423-9.
        View in: PubMed
      21. Cross S, Kim SJ, Weiss LA, Delahanty RJ, Sutcliffe JS, Leventhal BL, Cook EH, Veenstra-Vanderweele J. Molecular genetics of the platelet serotonin system in first-degree relatives of patients with autism. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2008 Jan; 33(2):353-60.
        View in: PubMed PMC2739682
      22. Weiss LA, Purcell S, Waggoner S, Lawrence K, Spektor D, Daly MJ, Sklar P, Skuse D. Identification of EFHC2 as a quantitative trait locus for fear recognition in Turner syndrome. Hum Mol Genet. 2007 Jan 1; 16(1):107-13.
        View in: PubMed
      23. Weiss LA, Ober C, Cook EH. ITGB3 shows genetic and expression interaction with SLC6A4. Hum Genet. 2006 Aug; 120(1):93-100.
        View in: PubMed
      24. Weiss LA, Kosova G, Delahanty RJ, Jiang L, Cook EH, Ober C, Sutcliffe JS. Variation in ITGB3 is associated with whole-blood serotonin level and autism susceptibility. Eur J Hum Genet. 2006 Aug; 14(8):923-31.
        View in: PubMed
      25. Weiss LA, Pan L, Abney M, Ober C. The sex-specific genetic architecture of quantitative traits in humans. Nat Genet. 2006 Feb; 38(2):218-22.
        View in: PubMed
      26. Kurina LM, Weiss LA, Graves SW, Parry R, Williams GH, Abney M, Ober C. Sex differences in the genetic basis of morning serum cortisol levels: genome-wide screen identifies two novel loci specific to women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Aug; 90(8):4747-52.
        View in: PubMed
      27. Weiss LA, Abney M, Parry R, Scanu AM, Cook EH, Ober C. Variation in ITGB3 has sex-specific associations with plasma lipoprotein(a) and whole blood serotonin levels in a population-based sample. Hum Genet. 2005 Jun; 117(1):81-7.
        View in: PubMed
      28. Weiss LA, Lester LA, Gern JE, Wolf RL, Parry R, Lemanske RF, Solway J, Ober C. Variation in ITGB3 is associated with asthma and sensitization to mold allergen in four populations. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005 Jul 1; 172(1):67-73.
        View in: PubMed PMC2718448
      29. Weiss LA, Abney M, Cook EH, Ober C. Sex-specific genetic architecture of whole blood serotonin levels. Am J Hum Genet. 2005 Jan; 76(1):33-41.
        View in: PubMed PMC1196431
      30. Weiss LA, Veenstra-Vanderweele J, Newman DL, Kim SJ, Dytch H, McPeek MS, Cheng S, Ober C, Cook EH, Abney M. Genome-wide association study identifies ITGB3 as a QTL for whole blood serotonin. Eur J Hum Genet. 2004 Nov; 12(11):949-54.
        View in: PubMed
      31. Weiss LA, Escayg A, Kearney JA, Trudeau M, MacDonald BT, Mori M, Reichert J, Buxbaum JD, Meisler MH. Sodium channels SCN1A, SCN2A and SCN3A in familial autism. Mol Psychiatry. 2003 Feb; 8(2):186-94.
        View in: PubMed
      Lauren's Networks
      Related Concepts
      Derived automatically from this person's publications.
      People in Profiles who have published with this person.
      Related Authors
      People who share related concepts with this person.
      Back to TOP