Robinson, Elise

Elise Robinson, ScD

Elise Robinson is an instructor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and an affiliated scientist at the Broad Institute. She is also an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Robinson’s research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of behavior and cognition. She is interested in using genetic data to understand the biology of neurodevelopmental variation, and to study differences within and between psychiatric disorders. She uses data and results from large genomics consortia to examine disease patterns in population samples.

Robinson’s work to date has linked the genetic risk factors for severe neuropsychiatric disorders to variation in behavior in the general population, and has evaluated continuous trait and quantitative models of disease risk. She has also studied sex differences in psychiatric disease, as well as types of genetic risk more likely to associate with both cognition and behavior.

Robinson’s research reflects her training in epidemiology and genetics. She received a Sc.D. in psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, supervised by Dr. Karestan Koenen. She completed postdoctoral training in the lab of Mark Daly at MGH and the Broad Institute, using statistical genetic approaches to study neurodevelopmental disorders.


Weiner DJ, Wigdor EM, Ripke S, Walters RK, Kosmicki JA, Grove J, Samocha KE, Goldstein JI, Okbay A, Bybjerg-Grauholm J, Werge T, Hougaard DM, Taylor J, iPSYCH-Broad Autism Group, Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Autism Group, Skuse D, Devlin B, Anney R, Sanders SJ, Bishop S, Mortensen PB, Børglum AD, Smith GD, Daly MJ, Robinson EB
Polygenic transmission disequilibrium confirms that common and rare variation act additively to create risk for autism spectrum disorders.
Nat Genet. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 28504703
Bishop SL, Farmer C, Bal V, Robinson EB, Willsey AJ, Werling DM, Havdahl KA, Sanders SJ, Thurm A
Identification of Developmental and Behavioral Markers Associated With Genetic Abnormalities in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Am J Psychiatry. 2017;:appiajp201716101115 - PMID: 28253736
Kosmicki JA, Samocha KE, Howrigan DP, Sanders SJ, Slowikowski K, Lek M, Karczewski KJ, Cutler DJ, Devlin B, Roeder K, Buxbaum JD, Neale BM, MacArthur DG, Wall DP, Robinson EB, Daly MJ
Refining the role of de novo protein-truncating variants in neurodevelopmental disorders by using population reference samples.
Nat Genet. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 28191890
Robinson E, Kersbergen I
Overweight or about right? A norm comparison explanation of perceived weight status.
Obes Sci Pract. 2017;3(1):36-43 - PMID: 28392930 - PMCID: PMC5358078
Ganna A, Genovese G, Howrigan DP, Byrnes A, Kurki MI, Zekavat SM, Whelan CW, Kals M, Nivard MG, Bloemendal A, Bloom JM, Goldstein JI, Poterba T, Seed C, Handsaker RE, Natarajan P, Mägi R, Gage D, Robinson EB, Metspalu A, Salomaa V, Suvisaari J, Purcell SM, Sklar P, Kathiresan S, Daly MJ, McCarroll SA, Sullivan PF, Palotie A, Esko T, Hultman CM, Neale BM
Ultra-rare disruptive and damaging mutations influence educational attainment in the general population.
Nat Neurosci. 2016;19(12):1563-1565 - PMID: 27694993 - PMCID: PMC5127781
Robinson EB, St Pourcain B, Anttila V, Kosmicki JA, Bulik-Sullivan B, Grove J, Maller J, Samocha KE, Sanders SJ, Ripke S, Martin J, Hollegaard MV, Werge T, Hougaard DM, iPSYCH-SSI-Broad Autism Group, Neale BM, Evans DM, Skuse D, Mortensen PB, Børglum AD, Ronald A, Smith GD, Daly MJ
Genetic risk for autism spectrum disorders and neuropsychiatric variation in the general population.
Nat Genet. 2016;:ePub - PMID: 26998691
Bulik-Sullivan B, Finucane HK, Anttila V, Gusev A, Day FR, Loh PR, ReproGen Consortium; Psychiatric Genomics Consortium; Genetic Consortium for Anorexia Nervosa of the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, Duncan L, Perry JR, Patterson N, Robinson EB, Daly MJ, Price AL, Neale BM
An atlas of genetic correlations across human diseases and traits.
Nat Genet. 2015;:ePub - PMID: 26414676
Robinson EB, Neale BM, Hyman SE
Genetic research in autism spectrum disorders.
Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015;:ePub - PMID: 26371945
Sanders SJ, He X, Willsey AJ, Ercan-Sencicek AG, Samocha KE, Cicek AE, Murtha MT, Bal VH, Bishop SL, Dong S, Goldberg AP, Jinlu C, Keaney JF, Klei L, Mandell JD, Moreno-De-Luca D, Poultney CS, Robinson EB, Smith L, Solli-Nowlan T, Su MY, Teran NA, Walker MF, Werling DM, Beaudet AL, Cantor RM, Fombonne E, Geschwind DH, Grice DE, Lord C, Lowe JK, Mane SM, Martin DM, Morrow EM, Talkowski ME, Sutcliffe JS, Walsh CA, Yu TW, , Ledbetter DH, Martin CL, Cook EH, Buxbaum JD, Daly MJ, Devlin B, Roeder K, State MW
Insights into Autism Spectrum Disorder Genomic Architecture and Biology from 71 Risk Loci.
Neuron. 2015;87(6):1215-1233 - PMID: 26402605
Robinson EB, Samocha KE, Kosmicki JA, McGrath L, Neale BM, Perlis RH, Daly MJ
Autism spectrum disorder severity reflects the average contribution of de novo and familial influences.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014;:ePub - PMID: 25288738
Samocha KE, Robinson EB, Sanders SJ, Stevens C, Sabo A, McGrath LM, Kosmicki JA, Rehnström K, Mallick S, Kirby A, Wall DP, MacArthur DG, Gabriel SB, DePristo M, Purcell SM, Palotie A, Boerwinkle E, Buxbaum JD, Cook EH, Gibbs RA, Schellenberg GD, Sutcliffe JS, Devlin B, Roeder K, Neale BM, Daly MJ
A framework for the interpretation of de novo mutation in human disease.
Nat Genet. 2014;:ePub - PMID: 25086666
Kelsen D, Jhawer M, Ilson D, Tse A, Randazzo J, Robinson E, Capanu M, Shah MA
Analysis of survival with modified docetaxel, cisplatin, fluorouracil (mDCF), and bevacizumab (BEV) in patients with metastatic gastroesophageal (GE) adenocarcinoma: Results of a phase II clinical trial.
J Clin Oncol. 2009;27(15_suppl):4512 - PMID: 27962705