Annette Molinaro, PhD

Annette Molinaro, PhD

Principal Investigator

Director, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics
Research Interests: statistical genetics, computational biology, clinical trials, recursive partitioning, survival analysis, risk models

Dr. Molinaro's research interest and expertise are focused on developing and implementing statistical and machine learning methods in cancer research, spanning basic research, translational, and clinical studies. 

In her current roles as the Director of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics for the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery and Biostatistics Core Director for both the Brain SPORE and Progam Project, Dr. Molinaro advises study design and modeling, and analyzes data from all UCSF Brain Tumor Center projects in imaging, genetics, genomics, epidemiology and immunology. For example, this may involve predicting clinical outcomes from enormous datasets like DNA sequencing arrays, or large-scale epidemiology studies. In addition, she is deeply involved in the design and analysis of both adult and pediatric clinical trials offered here at UCSF. 

Dr. Molinaro has over one hundred and thirty publications, authored two book chapters, and developed several freely available software packages for the analysis of high-dimensional data. She also has designed and oversees the coordinated acquisition of all clinical, imaging, and genomic data in Neurological Surgery in the Brain Tumor Center Database (BTCDB).


Education and Training

1998: BS, Statistics, Florida State University 
2000: MA, Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley 
2004: PhD, Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of California, Berkeley 
2004 – 2005: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute

Academic Positions

2005 – 2011: Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Yale University Schools of Public Health & Medicine
2005 – 2011: Co-Director Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Core, Skin SPORE, Yale University 
2011- Present: Professor in Residence, Neurological Surgery / Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF
2011-present: Co-Director, Clinical & Biostatistics Core, UCSF SPORE
2011-present: Co-Director, Tissue & Biostatistics Core, UCSF Brain Program Project (P01)
2016-present: Director, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics in Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF


Selected Awards

2017: Elected to the Board of Directors, Society for Neuro-Oncology
2017: Selected for the Teaching Scholars Program, UCSF
2013: Diane D. Ralston Clinical and Basic Neuroscience Teaching Award
2009: Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar
2008: Excellence in Teaching Award, Yale School of Public Health
2006: Elected member of the International Statistical Institute
2004: Chin Long Chiang Biostatistics Student of the Year, UC Berkeley
2004: Evelyn Fix Prize, UC Berkeley