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Christopher I Amos, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Chair and Professor of Biomedical Data Science
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Professor of Genetics
Associate Director for Population Sciences, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Biomedical Data Science
Community and Family Medicine

M.S. Biometry, LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, 1985
Ph.D. LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, 1988
FACMG - NIH Interinstitute Training Program in Genetics, 1992

Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information:

74 College Street
Vail 7th Floor, HB 7260 Vail
Hanover NH 03750

Office: 7260 Vail
Phone: 603-650-1729
Email: Christopher.I.Amos@Dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Lamar D. MOss
Asst. Phone: (603) 650-1763
Asst. Email: Lamar.D.Moss@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Genetic Epidemiology, Statistical Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Autoimmune Diseases, Lung Cancer Etiology, Genomics of Colon Cancer, Personalized Medicine, Next Generation Sequencing, Statistical aspects of design of studies

Rotations and Thesis Projects:

Analysis of the Oncoarray a project involving study of 500,000 individuals half of whom have one of the common cancers (lung, breast, colon, ovary or prostate cancer). Genomic analysis of susceptibility to rare and common cancers and melanoma.

Grant Information:

Transdisciplinary Research in Cancer of the Lung (TRICL), U19 CA148127
Topography and Genetics of Smoking and Nicotine Dependence in American Indians, 1 P50 Ca148110 02
Norris Cotton Cancer Center Support Grant 5 P30CA0123108-28
The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center SPORE in Melanoma, P50CA093459

Courses Taught:

Statistical Genetics
Genetics Then and Now
Seminars in Biostatistics
Categorical Data Analysis


My focus has been in the development and application of novel methods for understanding the basis of inherited predisposition to cancer and other complex diseases. I developed design criteria for the conduct of genetics studies and subsequently applied these for studying families and for population based analysis. I colead the international Genetic Associations and Mechanisms in Oncology (GAME-ON) consortium which brings together population-based researchers studying genetic and environmental causes of lung, breast, prostate, colon and ovarian cancers.

Selected Publications:


  • Wang Y., McKay JD...Amos CI. Rare variants of large effect in BRCA2 and CHEK2 affect risk of lung cancer. Nature Genetics (view details on MedLine)

  • Gorlov IP, Gorlova OY, Frazier ML, Spitz MR, Amos CI Evolutionary evidence of the effect of rare variants on disease etiology. Clin Genet. 2011 Mar;79(3):199-206 (view details on MedLine)

  • Tsongalis GJ, Peterson JD, de Abreu FB, Tunkey CD, Gallagher TL, Strausbaugh LD, Wells WA, Amos CI. Routine use of the Ion Torrent AmpliSeq™ Cancer Hotspot Panel for identification of clinically actionable somatic mutations.sequencing to identify somatic mutations. Clinical Laboratory Medicine (view details on MedLine)

  • Walsh KM, Gorlov IP, Hansen HM, Wu X, Spitz MR, Zhang H, Lu EY, Wenzlaff AS, Sison JD, Wei C, Lloyd SM, Chen W, Frazier ML, Seldin MF, Bierut LJ, Bracci PM, Wrensch MR, Schwartz AG, Wiencke JK, Amos CI Fine-mapping of the 5p15.33, 6p22.1-p21.31, and 15q25.1 regions identifies functional and histology-specific lung cancer susceptibility loci in African-Americans. Cancer Epidemiology, BIiomarkers and Prevention (view details on MedLine)

  • Amos CI Robust variance-components approach for assessing genetic linkage in pedigrees. American Journal of Human Genetics (view details on MedLine)

  • Li Y, Huang J, Amos CI. Genetic association analysis of complex diseases incorporating intermediate phenotype information. PLoS One (view details on MedLine)

  • Ma J, Xiong M, You M, Lozano G, Amos CI. Genome-wide association tests of inversions with application to psoriasis. Human Genetics (view details on MedLine)

  • Kar SP, Seldin MF, Chen W, Lu E, Hirschfield GM, Invernizzi P, Heathcote J, Cusi D; Italian PBC Genetics Study Group, Gershwin ME, Siminovitch KA, Amos CI. Pathway-based analysis of primary biliary cirrhosis genome-wide association studies. Genes and Immunity (view details on MedLine)

  • Liu et al. Genome-wide meta-analyses identify three loci associated with primary biliary cirrhosis. Nature Genetics (view details on MedLine)

  • Xiao F, Ma J, Cai G, Fang S, Lee JE, Wei Q, Amos CI. Natural and orthogonal model for estimating gene-gene interactions applied to cutaneous melanoma.. Human Genetics (view details on MedLine)