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Diane K. Wagener

Senior Epidemiologist

Diane K. Wagener, PhD, has more than 36 years of experience in academic and governmental institutions. She is a senior epidemiologist in the Genomics, Statistical Genetics, and Environmental Research Program at RTI with expertise in genomics, epidemiologic studies and population-based surveys, and data analysis systems. Before RTI, she was the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services principal statistical advisor for the Healthy People initiative. As director of the Division of Health Promotion Statistics at CDC and later in the Office of Public Health and Science of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Wagener coordinated data analysis from more than 200 systems to monitor national and state progress, inform policy decisions, and identify national data needs. At RTI, she has led studies modeling infectious disease spread, population genomics of vaccination response, risk perception in family members of patients with genetic conditions, and long-term health effects in children living in FEMA trailers after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


The Gordon McKay Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University; PhD, Genetics, School of Medicine, Stanford University; BS, Applied Mathematics/Computer Science, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Latest Publications

Maiese, D.R., Hendershot, T.P., Strader, L.C., Wagener, D.K., Hammond, J.A., Huggins, W., Kwok, R.K., Hancock, D.B., Whitehead, N.S., Nettles, D.S., Pratt, J.G., Scott, M.S., Conway, K.P., Junkins, H.A., Ramos, E.M., & Hamilton, C.M. (October 2013). PhenX—Establishing a consensus process to select common measures for collaborative research: RTI Press Publication No. MR-0027-1310. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Majumder, P.P., Sarkar-Roy, N., Staats, H., Ramamurthy, T., Maiti, S., Chowdhury, G., Whisnant, C.C., Narayanasamy, K., & Wagener, D.K. (2013). Genomic correlates of variability in immune response to an oral cholera vaccine. European Journal of Human Genetics, 21 (9):1000-1006.
Zaccaro, D.J., Wagener, D.K., Whisnant, C.C., & Staats, H.F. (2013). Evaluation of vaccine-induced antibody responses: Impact of new technologies. Vaccine, 31 (25):2756-2761.
Bruhn, M.C., Munoz, B., Cajka, J., Smith, G., Curry, R.J., Wagener, D.K., & Wheaton, W.D. (January 2012). Synthesized population databases: A geospatial database of US poultry farms: RTI Press Publication No. MR-0023-1201. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Cooley, P., Gaddis, N., Folsom, R., & Wagener, D. (2012). Conducting genome-wide association studies: Epistasis scenarios. Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics, 5 (10):245-251.
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