Research fellow

Dr. Ronja Foraita

Curriculum vitae

  • since 2010 Head of "Statistical Methods in Genetics and Life-Course Epidemiology" unit
  • 2008 Ph.D. degree in natural sciences, University of Bremen
  • since 2004 Research associate at the BIPS
  • 2001-2004 Statistician at the Institute of Statistics, University of Bremen
  • 2001 Diploma in Statistics, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

Research interests

  • Graphical models for modeling and analyzing association structures
  • Genetic epidemiology (main focus on association studies)
  • Pathway analysis of genetic association data



Selected publications

  • Articles with peer-review

  • Gianfagna F, Grippi C, Ahrens W, Bailey ME, Börnhorst C, De Henauw S, Foraita R, Koni AC, Krogh V, Mårild S, Molnár D, Moreno LA, Pitsiladis Y, Russo P, Siani A, Tornaritis M, Veidebaum T, Iacoviello L. The role of neuromedin U in adiposity regulation. Haplotype analysis in European children from the IDEFICS cohort. PLOS ONE. 2017;12(2):e0172698.
  • Günther K, Foraita R, Friemel J, Günther F, Bullerdiek J, Nimzyk R, Markowski DN, Behrens T, Ahrens W. The stem cell factor HMGA2 is expressed in non-HPV-associated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and predicts patient survival of distinct subsites. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2017;26(2):197-205.
  • Hanke M, Foraita R. Clone temporal centrality measures for incomplete sequences of graph snapshots. BMC Bioinformatics. 2017;18:261.
  • Foraita R, Bammann K, Pigeot I. Modeling gene-gene interaction using graphical chain models. Human Heredity. 2008;65(1):47-56.
  • Presentations at scientific meetings/conferences

  • Foraita R, Günther F, Pigeot I, on behalf of the IDEFICS consortium. Does the FTO gene interact with the socioeconomic status on obesity development of young European children? Results from the IDEFICS study. European Obesity Summit (EOS), 1-4 June 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden.

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