Hilary Finucane

Email: firstname lastinitial@mit.edu

I am a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics at MIT. I am interested in statistical genetics and other applications of statistics and machine learning in biology. My advisor is Alkes Price at the Harvard School of Public Health. I am supported by a Hertz Foundation Fellowship.

I spent 2011-2012 as a student of Itai Benjamini in the Department of Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2011, I completed an MSc in theoretical computer science at Weizmann, under Irit Dinur. In 2009, I completed a BA in math at Harvard, where I wrote my undergraduate thesis with Michael Mitzenmacher.

Starting in summer 2017, I will be a Broad Fellow at the Broad Institute.


Statistical Genetics and Computational Biology
Mathematics and Computer Science

Statistical Genetics and Computational Biology

Hilary Finucane*, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan*, Alexander Gusev, Gosia Trynka, Yakir Reshef, et al. (* = co-first)
Partitioning heritability by functional category using GWAS summary statistics
Nature Genetics, 2015.

Brendan Bulik-Sullivan*, Hilary Finucane*, Verneri Anttila, Alexander Gusev, Felix Day, et al. (* = co-first)
An atlas of genetic correlations across human diseases and traits
Nature Genetics, 2015.

Po-Ru Loh, Gaurav Bhatia, Alexander Gusev, Hilary Finucane, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, et al.
Contrasting genetic architectures of schizophrenia and other complex diseases using fast variance-components analysis
Nature Genetics, 2015.

Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, Po-Ru Loh, Hilary Finucane, Stephan Ripke, Jian Yang, et al.
LD Score Regression Distinguishes Confounding from Polygenicity in Genome-Wide Association Studies
Nature Genetics, 2015.

Po-Ru Loh, George Tucker, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, Bjarni Vilhjálmsson, Hilary Finucane, et al.
Efficient Bayesian mixed model analysis increases association power in large cohorts
Nature Genetics, 2015.

F Day, KS Ruth, DJ Thompson, KL Lunetta, N Pervjakova, ..., Hilary Finucane, et al.
Large-scale genomic analyses link reproductive aging to hypothalamic signaling, breast cancer susceptibility and BRCA1-mediated DNA repair
Nature Genetics, 2015.

Felix Day, Brendan Bulik-Sullivan, D Hinds, Hilary Finucane, J Murabito et al.
Shared genetic aetiology of puberty timing between sexes and with health-related outcomes
Nature Communications, 2015.

Bjarni Vilhjálmsson, Jian Yang, Hilary Finucane, Alexander Gusev, Sara Lindström, et al.
Modeling Linkage Disequilibrium Increases Accuracy of Polygenic Risk Scores
American Journal of Human Genetics, 2015.

Pier Francesco Palamara, Laurent Francioli, Giulio Genovese, Peter Wilton, Alexander Gusev, Hilary Finucane, et al.
Leveraging distant relatedness to quantify human mutation and gene conversion rates
American Journal of Human Genetics, 2015.

Alexander Gusev, S. Hong Lee, Gosia Trynka, Hilary Finucane, Bjarni Vilhjálmsson, et al.
Partitioning Heritability of Regulatory and Cell-Type-Specific Variants across 11 Common Diseases
American Journal of Human Genetics 2014.

Bonnie Kirkpatrick, Yakir Reshef, Hilary Finucane, Haitao Jiang, Binhai Zhu, and Richard Karp
Comparing pedigree graphs
Journal of Computational Biology, September 2012.

David Reshef*, Yakir Reshef*, Hilary Finucane, Sharon Grossman, Gilean McVean, et al. (* = co-first)
Detecting novel associations in large datasets
Science, December 2011

Mathematics and theoretical computer science

(Note: all author lists are alphabetical by last name in these fields.)

[[Itai Benjamini, Hilary Finucane, and Romain Tessera]]
On the scaling limit of finite vertex transitive graphs with large diameter
Combinatorica, in press.

[[Hilary Finucane, Omer Tamuz, and Yariv Yaari]]
Scenery reconstruction on finite abelian groups
Stochastic Processes and their Applications, 2014.

[[Hilary Finucane, Ron Peled, and Yariv Yaari]]
A recursive construction of t-wise uniform permutations
Random Structures and Algorithms, 2013.

[[Itai Benjamini, Hilary Finucane, and Romain Tessera]]
Algebraically recurrent random walks on groups
Electronic Communications in Probability 18, 2013.

Hilary Finucane
Finite Voronoi decompositions of infinite vertex transitive graphs
Journal of Topology and Analysis 5(02), 2013.

[[Hilary Finucane and Michael Mitzenmacher]]
An improved analysis of the lossy difference aggregator
SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, April 2010.

[[Flavio Chierichetti, Hilary Finucane, Zhenming Liu, and Michael Mitzenmacher]]
Designing floating codes for expected performance
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, March 2010.

[[Hilary Finucane and Michael Mitzenmacher ]]
Worst-case and average-case floating codes for flash memory
My undergraduate thesis, completed in April 2009.