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Biobank Japan

Cardiovascular Health Study

Cleveland Clinic



Framingham Heart Study

German AF Network


Health ABC









Rotterdam Study


Vanderbilt University




Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, PhD


Emelia J. Benjamin is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Framingham Heart Study.  She is author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, echocardiographic findings, vascular function and systemic inflammation.  She is Principal Investigator on 3 RO1 grants, which examine the epidemiology and genetics of atrial fibrillation and inflammation. In addition to her research, in the BU, Department of Medicine she serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity, and she is an Associate Editor for Circulation.  For AHA she is Vice-Chair For the Functional Genomic’s and Translational Biology Council.  She is a Chartered member of NIH Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section.



Ingrid E. Christophersen, MD, PhD


Ingrid E. Christophersen is originally from Norway. She earned her M.D. from Copenhagen University, Denmark in 2007, and subsequently did her residency at Oslo University Hospital, Norway. She then went back to Copenhagen University and Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet to complete a PhD in the heritability of atrial fibrillation, comprising both genetic and epidemiologic studies. She returned to her training in clinical internal medicine and cardiology as a clinical fellow at the Cardiology department at Bærum Hospital, Norway, for 1.5 years, before starting at the Ellinor lab in March, 2014. Her research is focused on identifying genetic causes of atrial fibrillation through genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics.



Patrick T. Ellinor, MD, PhD


Patrick attended medical school and graduate school at Stanford. As a graduate student he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Tsien performing structure and function studies on voltage dependent calcium channels. After medical school, he went to Brigham and Women's Hospital for his medical residency followed by training in cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patrick Ellinor is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute. His labs are located in the Cardiovascular Research Center at MGH and the Broad Institute. 

Steven A. Lubitz, MD, MPH


Steven joined Dr. Ellinor’s lab in 2008 and is studying the genetic basis of atrial fibrillation in collaboration with investigators from the Framingham Heart Study. Steven is interested in understanding the mechanisms of heritable arrhythmias as well as identifying individuals at risk for arrhythmias, with the goal of preventing morbidity. Steven completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at MGH in 2012. He is currently a faculty member at MGH and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. 


Nathan R. Tucker, PhD


Nathan Tucker obtained his Ph.D. from Washington State University in Cell Biology and Genetics. His research there focused on the function of small heat shock proteins in striated muscle tissues. Upon joining the Ellinor Lab in 2012, Nathan has focused on determining novel genes and molecular mechanisms that underlie atrial fibrillation.

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