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Vandana Shashi, MBBS, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Campus mail: 2080 GSRB, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-2036
Email address: vandana.shashi@duke.edu

Undiagnosed and rare diseases cause significant emotional and financial distress to patients who suffer from these and their families. Duke is one of seven clinical sites to be part of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN). As a principal investigator for the Duke UDN site, I am involved in arranging detailed clinical evaluation for children and adults with undiagnosed diseases and in the interpretation of the genome sequencing that is performed as part of the initiative to obtain a diagnosis in these individuals. I also currently serve as the Co-Chair of the UDN steering committee. 

Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (also known as velocardiofacial or DiGeorge syndrome: particular interests are in understanding the learning disabilities and the high risk of mental illness in these children as they get older, for which a research study is ongoing. As a clinician and researcher in this area, I run a clinic for children and adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and am an investigator within the International Brain and Behavior Consortium for 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The goal of the consortium is to conduct research to understand the genetic underpinnings of the serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia that occur in ~25% of adolescents and adults with the condition.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship-Medical Genetics, Pediatrics, Wake Forest University, 1992 - 1995
  • Pediatric Residency, Pediatrics, Wake Forest University, 1990 - 1992
  • Senior Resident-Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1986 - 1987
  • Pediatric Residency, Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1983 - 1986
  • M.D., Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1986
  • M.B.B.S., Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1983

Publications

Niarchou, M, Chawner, SJRA, Fiksinski, A, Vorstman, JAS, Maeder, J, Schneider, M, Eliez, S, Armando, M, Pontillo, M, Vicari, S, McDonald-McGinn, DM, Emanuel, BS, Zackai, EH, Bearden, CE, Shashi, V, Hooper, SR, Owen, MJ, Gur, RE, Wray, NR, van den Bree, MBM, Thapar, A, and International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Brain and Behavior Consortium, . "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms as antecedents of later psychotic outcomes in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." Schizophrenia Research (August 7, 2018).

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Marcogliese, PC, Shashi, V, Spillmann, RC, Stong, N, Rosenfeld, JA, Koenig, MK, Martínez-Agosto, JA, Herzog, M, Chen, AH, Dickson, PI, Lin, HJ, Vera, MU, Salamon, N, Graham, JM, Ortiz, D, Infante, E, Steyaert, W, Dermaut, B, Poppe, B, Chung, H-L, Zuo, Z, Lee, P-T, Kanca, O, Xia, F, Yang, Y, Smith, EC, Jasien, J, Kansagra, S, Spiridigliozzi, G, El-Dairi, M, Lark, R, Riley, K, Koeberl, DD, Golden-Grant, K, Program for Undiagnosed Diseases (UD-PrOZA), , Undiagnosed Diseases Network, , Yamamoto, S, Wangler, MF, Mirzaa, G, Hemelsoet, D, Lee, B, Nelson, SF, Goldstein, DB, Bellen, HJ, and Pena, LDM. "IRF2BPL Is Associated with Neurological Phenotypes." American Journal of Human Genetics 103, no. 2 (August 2018): 245-260.

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McConkie-Rosell, A, Hooper, SR, Pena, LDM, Schoch, K, Spillmann, RC, Jiang, Y-H, Cope, H, Undiagnosed Diseases Network, , Palmer, C, and Shashi, V. "Psychosocial Profiles of Parents of Children with Undiagnosed Diseases: Managing Well or Just Managing?." Journal of Genetic Counseling 27, no. 4 (August 2018): 935-946.

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Liu, N, Schoch, K, Luo, X, Pena, LDM, Bhavana, VH, Kukolich, MK, Stringer, S, Powis, Z, Radtke, K, Mroske, C, Deak, KL, McDonald, MT, McConkie-Rosell, A, Markert, ML, Kranz, PG, Stong, N, Need, AC, Bick, D, Amaral, MD, Worthey, EA, Levy, S, Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), , Wangler, MF, Bellen, HJ, Shashi, V, and Yamamoto, S. "Functional variants in TBX2 are associated with a syndromic cardiovascular and skeletal developmental disorder." Human Molecular Genetics 27, no. 14 (July 2018): 2454-2465.

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Pena, LDM, Jiang, Y-H, Schoch, K, Spillmann, RC, Walley, N, Stong, N, Rapisardo Horn, S, Sullivan, JA, McConkie-Rosell, A, Kansagra, S, Smith, EC, El-Dairi, M, Bellet, J, Keels, MA, Jasien, J, Kranz, PG, Noel, R, Nagaraj, SK, Lark, RK, Wechsler, DSG, Del Gaudio, D, Leung, ML, Hendon, LG, Parker, CC, Jones, KL, Undiagnosed Diseases Network Members, , Goldstein, DB, and Shashi, V. "Looking beyond the exome: a phenotype-first approach to molecular diagnostic resolution in rare and undiagnosed diseases." Genetics in Medicine : Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics 20, no. 4 (April 2018): 464-469.

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Oláhová, M, Yoon, WH, Thompson, K, Jangam, S, Fernandez, L, Davidson, JM, Kyle, JE, Grove, ME, Fisk, DG, Kohler, JN, Holmes, M, Dries, AM, Huang, Y, Zhao, C, Contrepois, K, Zappala, Z, Frésard, L, Waggott, D, Zink, EM, Kim, Y-M, Heyman, HM, Stratton, KG, Webb-Robertson, B-JM, Undiagnosed Diseases Network, , Snyder, M, Merker, JD, Montgomery, SB, Fisher, PG, Feichtinger, RG, Mayr, JA, Hall, J, Barbosa, IA, Simpson, MA, Deshpande, C, Waters, KM, Koeller, DM, Metz, TO, Morris, AA, Schelley, S, Cowan, T, Friederich, MW, McFarland, R, Van Hove, JLK, Enns, GM, Yamamoto, S, Ashley, EA, Wangler, MF, Taylor, RW, Bellen, HJ, Bernstein, JA, and Wheeler, MT. "Biallelic Mutations in ATP5F1D, which Encodes a Subunit of ATP Synthase, Cause a Metabolic Disorder." American Journal of Human Genetics 102, no. 3 (March 2018): 494-504.

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Hooper, SR, and Shashi, V. "Completing the puzzle: The search for pieces in the understanding of psychosis risk in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." Schizophrenia research 188 (October 2017): 33-34.

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Demaerel, W, Hestand, MS, Vergaelen, E, Swillen, A, López-Sánchez, M, Pérez-Jurado, LA, McDonald-McGinn, DM, Zackai, E, Emanuel, BS, Morrow, BE, Breckpot, J, Devriendt, K, Vermeesch, JR, and International 22q11.2 Brain and Behavior Consortium, . "Nested Inversion Polymorphisms Predispose Chromosome 22q11.2 to Meiotic Rearrangements." American Journal of Human Genetics 101, no. 4 (October 2017): 616-622.

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Wangler, MF, Yamamoto, S, Chao, H-T, Posey, JE, Westerfield, M, Postlethwait, J, Members of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), , Hieter, P, Boycott, KM, Campeau, PM, and Bellen, HJ. "Model Organisms Facilitate Rare Disease Diagnosis and Therapeutic Research." Genetics 207, no. 1 (September 2017): 9-27. (Review)

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Weisman, O, Guri, Y, Gur, RE, McDonald-McGinn, DM, Calkins, ME, Tang, SX, Emanuel, B, Zackai, EH, Eliez, S, Schneider, M, Schaer, M, Kates, WR, Antshel, KM, Fremont, W, Shashi, V, Hooper, SR, Armando, M, Vicari, S, Pontillo, M, Kushan, L, Jalbrzikowski, M, Bearden, CE, Cubells, JF, Ousley, OY, Walker, EF, Simon, TJ, Stoddard, J, Niendam, TA, van den Bree, MBM, Gothelf, D, and International Consortium on Brain and Behavior in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, . "Subthreshold Psychosis in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Multisite Naturalistic Study." Schizophrenia Bulletin 43, no. 5 (September 2017): 1079-1089.

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