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Peer-reviewed articles

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  1. Li J, Lange LA, Sabourin J, Duan Q, Valdar W, Willis MS, Li Y, Wilson JG, Lange EM (2015 Epub) Genome-wide and Exome-wide Association Study of Serum Lipoprotein (a) in the Jackson Heart Study. Journal of Human Genetics PMID:26377243 PMC -- in process
  2. Durda P, Sabourin J, Lange EM, Nalls MA, Mychaleckyj JC, Jenny NS, Li J, Walston J, Harris TB, Psaty BM, Valdar W, Liu Y, Cushman M, Reiner AP, Tracy* RP, Lange* LA (2015 Epub) Plasma levels of sIL-2Rα: associations with clinical cardiovascular events and genome-wide association scan. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 35(10):2246-53 PMID:26293465 PMC -- in process
  3. Sabourin J, Valdar W, Nobel AB (2015 Epub) A permutation approach for selecting the penalty parameter in penalized model selection. Biometrics (Epub ahead of print) PMID:26243050 PMC -- in process
  4. Crowley JJ, Zhabotynsky V, Sun W, Huang S, Pakatci IK, Kim Y, Wang JR, Morgan AP, Calaway JD, Aylor DL, Yun Z, Bell TA, Buus RJ, Calaway ME, Didion JP, Gooch TJ, Hansen SD, Robinson NN, Shaw GD, Spence JS, Quackenbush CR, Barrick CJ, Nonneman RaJ, Kim K, Xenakis J, Xie Y, Valdar W, Lenarcic AB, Wang W, Welsh CE, Fu C, Zhang Z, Holt J, Guo Z, Threadgill DW, Tarantino LM, Miller DR, Zou F, McMillan L, Sullivan PF, Pardo Manuel de Villena F (2015) Analyses of allele-specific gene expression in highly divergent mouse crosses identifies pervasive allelic imbalance. Nature Genetics 47(4):353-60 PMID:25730764 PMCID:PMC4380817
  5. Sabourin J, Nobel AB, Valdar W (2015) Fine-mapping additive and dominant SNP effects using group-LASSO and Fractional Resample Model Averaging Genetic Epidemiology 39(2):77-88 PMID:25417853 PMCID:PMC4314429
  6. 2014

  7. Zhang Z, Wang W, Valdar W (2014) Bayesian modeling of haplotype effects in multiparent populations. Genetics 198:139-156 PMID:25236455 PMCID:PMC4174926
  8. Gatti DM, Svenson KL, Shabalin A, Wu L, Valdar W, Simecek P, Goodwin N, Cheng R, Pomp D, Palmer A, Chesler EJ, Broman KW, Churchill GA (2014) Quantitative trait locus mapping methods for Diversity Outbred mice. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 4(9):1623-1633 PMID:25237114 PMCID:PMC4169154
  9. Matson BC, Corty RW, Karpinich NO, Murtha AP, Valdar W, Grotegut CA, Caron KM. (2014) Midregional pro-adrenomedullin plasma concentrations are blunted in severe preeclampsia. Placenta 35(9):780-3 PMID:25043691 PMCID:PMC4143458
  10. Leamy LJ, Elo K, Nielsen MK, Thorn SR, Valdar W, Pomp D (2014) Quantitative trait loci for energy balance traits in an advanced intercross line derived from mice divergently selected for heat loss. PeerJ 2:e392 PMID:24918027
  11. Crowley JJ*, Kim Y*, Lenarcic AB*, Quackenbush CR, Barrick C, Adkins DE, Shaw GS, Miller DR, Pardo Manuel de Villena F, Sullivan PF, Valdar W (2014) Genetics of adverse reactions to haloperidol in a mouse diallel: A drug-placebo experiment and Bayesian causal analysis. Genetics 196(1):321-47 PMID:24240528 PMCID:PMC3872195
  12. Phillippi J*, Xie Y*, Miller DR, Bell TA, Zhang Z, Lenarcic AB, Aylor DL, Krovi SH, Threadgill DW, Pardo-Manuel de Villena F, Wang W, Valdar W*, Frelinger JA* (2014) Using the Collaborative Cross to probe the immune system. Genes and Immunity 15(1):38-46 PMID:24195963 PMCID:PMC4004367
  13. 2013

  14. Calaway J, Lenarcic AB, Didion JP, Wang JR, Searle JB, McMillan L, Valdar W, Pardo-Manuel de Villena F (2013) Genetic architecture of skewed X inactivation in the laboratory mouse. PLoS Genetics 9(10):e1003853 PMID:24098153 PMCID:PMC3789830
  15. Ferris MT, Aylor DL, Bottomly D, Whitmore AC, Aicher LD, Bell TA, Bradel-Tretheway B, Bryan JT, Buus RJ, Gralinski LE, Haagmans BL, McMillan L, Miller DR, Rosenzweig E, Valdar W, Wang J, Churchill GA, Threadgill DW, McWeeney SK, Katze MG, Pardo-Manuel de Villena F, Baric RS, Heise MT (2013) Modeling host genetic regulation of influenza pathogenesis in the Collaborative Cross. PLoS Pathogens 9(2):e1003196 PMID:23468633 PMCID:PMC3585141
  16. 2012

  17. Solberg Woods LC, Holl KL, Oreper D, Xie Y, Tsaih S-W, Valdar W (2012) Fine-mapping diabetes-related traits, including insulin resistance, in heterogeneous stock rats. Physiological Genomics 44(21):1013-26 PMID:22947656 PMCID:PMC3524769
  18. Rönnegård L, Valdar W (2012) Recent developments in statistical methods for detecting genetic loci affecting phenotypic variability. BMC Genetics 13(1):63 PMID:22827487 PMCID:PMC3493319
  19. Valdar W*, Sabourin J*, Nobel A, Holmes C (2012) Reprioritizing genetic associations in hit regions using LASSO-based resample model averaging. Genetic Epidemiology 36(5):451-462 PMID:22549815 PMCID:PMC3470705
  20. Lenarcic AB, Svenson KL, Churchill GA, Valdar W (2012) A general Bayesian approach to analyzing diallel crosses of inbred strains. Genetics 190(2):413-435. PMID:22345610 PMCID:PMC3276624
  21. Svenson KL, Gatti DM, Valdar W, Welsh CE, Cheng R, Chesler EJ, Palmer AA, McMillan L, Churchill GA (2012) The Mouse Diversity Outbred Population. Genetics 190(2):437-447. PMID:22345611 PMCID:PMC3276626
  22. Zhang W, Korstanje R, Thaisz J, Staedtler F, Harttman N, Xu L, Feng M, Yanas L, Yang H, Valdar W, Churchill GA, DiPetrillo K (2012) Genomewide association mapping of quantitative traits in outbred mice. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 2(2):167-174. PMID:22384395 PMCID:PMC3284324
  23. Collaborative Cross Consortium (2012) The genome architecture of the Collaborative Cross mouse genetic reference population. Genetics 190(2):389-401. PMID:22345608 PMCID:PMC3276630
  24. 2011

  25. Rönnegård L, Valdar W (2011) Detecting major genetic loci controlling phenotypic variability in experimental crosses. Genetics 188:435-447. PMID:21467569 PMCID:PMC3122324
  26. Johnsen AK*, Valdar W*, Golden L, Ortiz-Lopez A, Hitzemann R, Flint J, Mathis D, Benoist C (2011) Genetics of arthritis severity: a genome-wide and species-wide dissection in HS mice. Arthritis & Rheumatism 63(9):2630-2640. PMID:21560115
  27. Aylor DL, Valdar W, Foulds-Mathes W, Buus RJ, Verdugo RA, Baric RS, Ferris MT, Frelinger JA, Heise M, Frieman MB, Gralinski LE, Bell TA, Didion JP, Hua K, Nehrenberg DL, Powell CL, Steigerwalt J, Xie Y, Kelada SNP, Collins FS, Yang IV, Schwartz DA, Branstetter LA, Chesler EJ, Miller DR, Spence J, Liu EY, McMillan L, Sarkar A, Wang J, Wang W, Zhang Q, Broman KW, Korstanje R, Durrant C, Mott R, Iraqi FA, Pomp D, Threadgill D, Pardo-Manuel de Villena F, Churchill GA (2011) Genetic analysis of complex traits in the emerging Collaborative Cross. Genome Research 21(8):1213-1222. PMID:21406540 PMCID:PMC3149489
  28. Ahlqvist E, Ekman D, Lindvall T, Popovic M, Förster M, Hultqvist M, Klaczkowska D, Teneva I, Johannesson M, Flint J, Valdar W, Nandakumar KS, Holmdahl R (2011) High resolution mapping of a complex disease, a model for rheumatoid arthritis, using heterogeneous stock mice. Human Molecular Genetics 20(15):3031-3041. PMID:21565963
  29. 2010

  30. Solberg Woods L, Holl K, Tschannen M, Valdar W (2010) Fine-mapping a locus for glucose tolerance using heterogeneous stock rats. Physiological Genomics 41(1):102-8. PMID:20068026 PMCID:PMC2841497
  31. 2009

  32. Valdar W, Holmes CC, Mott R, Flint J (2009) Mapping in structured populations by resample model averaging. Genetics 182(4):1263-77. PMID:19474203 PMCID:PMC2728864
  33. Kover PX, Valdar W, Trakalo J, Scarcelli N, Ehrenreich IM, Purugganan MD, Durrant C, Mott R (2009) A Multiparent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross to fine-map quantitative traits in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genetics 5(7):e1000551 PMID:19593375 PMCID:PMC2700969
  34. Huang GJ, Shifman S, Valdar W, Johannesson M, Yalcin B, Taylor MS, Taylor JM, Mott R, Flint J (2009) High resolution mapping of expression QTLs in heterogeneous stock mice in multiple tissues. Genome Research 19(6):1133-40. PMID:19376938 PMCID:PMC2694476
  35. Ramagopalan SV, Valdar W, Criscuoli M, Deluca GC, Dyment DA, Orton SM, Yee IM, Ebers GC, Sadovnick AD; for the Canadian Collaborative Study Group (2009) Age of puberty and the risk of multiple sclerosis: a population based study. Eur J Neurol 16(3):342-7. PMID:19170744
  36. Ramagopalan SV, Valdar W, Dyment DA, DeLuca GC, Yee IM, Giovannoni G, Ebers GC, Sadovnick AD; Canadian Collaborative Study Group (2009) Association of infectious mononucleosis with multiple sclerosis: a population-based study. Neuroepidemiology 32(4):257-62. PMID:19209005
  37. Bice P, Valdar W, Zhang L, Liu L, Lai D, Grahame N, Flint J, Li TK, Lumeng L, Foroud T (2009) Genomewide SNP Screen to Detect Quantitative Trait Loci for Alcohol Preference in the High Alcohol Preferring and Low Alcohol Preferring Mice. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 33(3):531-7. PMID:19120064 PMCID:PMC2867232
  38. López-Aumatell R, Vicens-Costa E, Guitart-Masip M, Martínez-Membrives E, Valdar W, Johannesson M, Cañete T, Blázquez G, Driscoll P, Flint J, Tobeña A, Fernández-Teruel A (2009) Unlearned anxiety predicts learned fear: a comparison among heterogeneous rats and the Roman rat strains. Behav Brain Res. 202(1):92-101. PMID:19447285
  39. Willis-Owen SAG, Valdar W (2009) Deciphering gene-environment interactions through mouse models of allergic asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 123(1):14-23. PMID:18926561
  40. Johannesson M, Lopez-Aumatell R, Stridh P, Diez M, Tuncel J, Blázquez G, Martinez-Membrives E, Cañete T, Vicens-Costa E, Graham D, Copley RR, Hernandez-Pliego P, Beyeen AD, Ockinger J, Fernández-Santamaría C, Gulko PS, Brenner M, Tobeña A, Guitart-Masip M, Giménez-Llort L, Dominiczak A, Holmdahl R, Gauguier D, Olsson T, Mott R, Valdar W, Redei EE, Fernández-Teruel A, Flint J (2009) A resource for the simultaneous high-resolution mapping of multiple quantitative trait loci in rats: the NIH heterogeneous stock. Genome Res 19(1):150-8. PMID:18971309 PMCID:PMC2612958.
  41. 2008

  42. Ramagopalan SV, Herrera BM, Valdar W, Dyment DA, Orton SM, Yee IM, Criscuoli M, Atkins K, Ebers GC, Sadovnick AD (2008) No Effect of Birth Weight on the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis. A Population-Based Study. Neuroepidemiology 31(3):181-184. PMID:18784417
  43. Ramagopalan SV, Valdar W, Dyment DA, DeLuca GC, Orton SM, Yee IM, Criscuoli M, Ebers GC, Sadovnick AD; Canadian Collaborative Study Group (2008) No effect of preterm birth on the risk of multiple sclerosis: a population based study. BMC Neurology 8:30 PMID:18673559
  44. Lopez-Aumatell R, Guitart-Masip M, Vicens-Costa E, Gimenez-Llort L, Valdar W, Johannesson M, Flint J, Tobeña A, Fernandez-Teruel A (2008) Fearfulness in a large N/Nih genetically heterogeneous rat stock: differential profiles of timidity and defensive flight in males and females. Behav Brain Res 188(1):41-55. PMID:18079010
  45. 2007

  46. Ramagopalan SV, Dyment DA, Valdar W, Herrera BM, Criscuoli M, Yee IM, Sadovnick AD, Ebers GC; Canadian Collaborative Study Group (2007) Autoimmune disease in families with multiple sclerosis: a population-based study. Lancet Neurology 6(7):604-10 PMID:17560172
  47. Keays DA, Tian G, Poirier K, Huang GJ, Siebold C, Cleak J, Oliver PL, Fray M, Harvey RJ, Molnár Z, Piñon MC, Dear N, Valdar W, Brown SD, Davies KE, Rawlins JN, Cowan NJ, Nolan P, Chelly J, Flint J (2007) Mutations in α-Tubulin Cause Abnormal Neuronal Migration in Mice and Lissencephaly in Humans. Cell 128(1):45-57. PMID:17218254
  48. Taylor M, Valdar W, Flint J, Mott R (2007) Management, presentation and interpretation of genome scans using GSCANDB. Bioinformatics 15;23(12):1545-9 PMID:17400728
  49. Keays DA, Clark TG, Campbell TG, Broxholme J, Valdar W (2007) Estimating the number of coding mutations in genotypic and phenotypic driven N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU) screens: Revisited. Mammalian Genome 18(2):123-4 PMID:17347895
  50. 2006

  51. Valdar W, Solberg LC, Gaugier D, Cookson WO, Rawlins JNP, Mott R, Flint J (2006) Genetic and environmental effects on complex traits in mice. Genetics 174(2):959-84. PMID:16888333 PMCID:PMC1602068
  52. Orton S, Herrera BM, Yee IM, Valdar W, Ramaglopalan SV, Sadovnick AD, Ebers GC Canadian Collaborative Study Group (2006) Lancet Neurology 5(11):932-6. PMID:17052660
  53. Valdar W, Solberg LC, Gaugier D, Burnett S, Klenerman P, Cookson WO, Taylor M, Rawlins JNP, Mott R, Flint J (2006) Genome-wide genetic association of complex traits in outbred mice. Nature Genetics 38(8):879-87. PMID:16832355
  54. Solberg LC, Valdar W, Gauguier D, Nunez G, Taylor A, Hernandez P, Davidson S, Burns P, Cookson W, Deacon R, Rawlins JNP, Mott R, Flint J (2006) A protocol for high throughput phenotyping, suitable for quantitative trait analysis in mice. Mammalian Genome 17(2):129-46 PMID:16465593
  55. Valdar W, Mott R, Flint J (2006) Simulating the collaborative cross: power of QTL detection and mapping resolution in large sets of recombinant inbred strains of mice. Genetics 172(3):1783-97. PMID:16361245 PMCID:PMC1456308
  56. 2005

  57. Flint J, Valdar W, Shifman S, Mott R (2005) Experimental strategies for mapping and cloning quantitative trait genes in rodents. Nature Reviews Genetics 6(4):271-286. PMID:15803197
  58. 2004

  59. Churchill GA, Airey DC, Allayee H, Angel JM, Attie AD, Beatty J, Beavis WD, Belknap JK, Bennett B, Berrettini W, Bleich A, Bogue M, Broman KW, Buck KJ, Buckler E, Burmeister M, Chesler EJ, Cheverud JM, Clapcote S, Cook MN, Cox RD, Crabbe JC, Crusio WE, Darvasi A, Deschepper CF, Doerge RW, Farber CR, Forejt J, Gaile D, Garlow SJ, Geiger H, Gershenfeld H, Gordon T, Gu J, Gu W, de Haan G, Hayes NL, Heller C, Himmelbauer H, Hitzemann R, Hunter K, Hsu HC, Iraqi FA, Ivandic B, Jacob HJ, Jansen RC, Jepsen KJ, Johnson DK, Johnson TE, Kempermann G, Kendziorski C, Kotb M, Kooy RF, Llamas B, Lammert F, Lassalle JM, Lowenstein PR, Lu L, Lusis A, Manly KF, Marcucio R, Matthews D, Medrano JF, Miller DR, Mittleman G, Mock BA, Mogil JS, Montagutelli X, Morahan G, Morris DG, Mott R, Nadeau JH, Nagase H, Nowakowski RS, O'Hara BF, Osadchuk AV, Page GP, Paigen B, Paigen K, Palmer AA, Pan HJ, Peltonen-Palotie L, Peirce J, Pomp D, Pravenec M, Prows DR, Qi Z, Reeves RH, Roder J, Rosen GD, Schadt EE, Schalkwyk LC, Seltzer Z, Shimomura K, Shou S, Sillanpaa MJ, Siracusa LD, Snoeck HW, Spearow JL, Svenson K, Tarantino LM, Threadgill D, Toth LA, Valdar W, de Villena FP, Warden C, Whatley S, Williams RW, Wiltshire T, Yi N, Zhang D, Zhang M, Zou F; Complex Trait Consortium (2004) The Collaborative Cross, a community resource for the genetic analysis of complex traits. Nature Genetics 36(11):1133-7. PMID:15514660
  60. 2003

  61. Valdar WSJ , Mott R, Flint J (2003) QTL fine-mapping with recombinant-inbred heterogeneous stocks and in-vitro heterogeneous stocks. Mammalian Genome 14(12):830-838. PMID:14724734
  62. 2002 and earlier

  63. Valdar WSJ (2002) Scoring residue conservation. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Genetics 43(2): 227-241. PMID:12112692 Errata
  64. Nobeli I, Laskowski RA, Valdar WSJ, Thornton JM (2001) On the molecular discrimination between adenine and guanine in proteins. Nucleic Acids Research 29(21):4294-4309. PMID:11691917
  65. Valdar WSJ, Thornton JM (2001) Conservation helps to identify biologically relevant crystal contacts. Journal of Molecular Biology 313(2):399-416. PMID:11800565 Errata
  66. Valdar WSJ, Thornton JM (2001) Protein-protein interfaces: analysis of amino acid conservation in homodimers. Proteins: Structure, Function, and Genetics 42(1):108-124. PMID:11093265

Working Papers

Book Chapters

Valdar WSJ & Jones DT (2002) Amino acid residue conservation. In Bioinformatics: Sequence, Structure, Function (Orengo, CA, Thornton JM, Jones DT Eds). BIOS Scientific Publishers Ltd, Oxford. Amazon