Emily DiBlasi, PhD

Research Interests

  • Genomic Study Design
  • Psychiatric Genetics

Academic Information

  • Departments: Psychiatry - Research Instructor
  • Divisions: Adult Psychiatry

Academic Bio

Emily DiBlasi, PhD, is a Research Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She obtained her MS in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior from the University at Buffalo and her PhD in Biology from the University of Utah. Dr. DiBlasi’s training background in statistical genetics, evolutionary theory, and empirical population genetics has led to a primary research interest in understanding the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to complex neuropsychiatric human traits. Her research focuses on the discovery of risk factors in suicide death.

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Graduate Training University at Buffalo,The State University of New York
Undergraduate University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. DiBlasi E, Kirby AV, Gaj E, Docherty AR, Keeshin BR, Bakian AV, Coon H (2020). Brief Report: Genetic Links Between Autism and Suicidal Behavior-A Preliminary Investigation. (Epub ahead of print) J Autism Dev Disord.
  2. Amici AA, Nadkarni NM, DiBlasi E, Seger J (2019). Contrasting effects of host tree isolation on population connectedness in two tropical epiphytic bromeliads. Am J Bot, 106(12), 1602-1611.
  3. Anderson JS, Shade J, DiBlasi E, Shabalin AA, Docherty AR (2018). Polygenic risk scoring and prediction of mental health outcomes. Curr Opin Psychol, 27, 77-81.
  4. Coon H, Darlington TM, DiBlasi E, Callor WB, Ferris E, Fraser A, Yu Z, William N, Das SC, Crowell SE, Chen D, Anderson JS, Klein M, Jerominski L, Cannon D, Shabalin A, Docherty A, Williams M, Smith KR, Keeshin B, Bakian AV, Christensen E, Li QS, Camp NJ, Gray D (2018). Genome-wide significant regions in 43 Utah high-risk families implicate multiple genes involved in risk for completed suicide. (Epub ahead of print) Mol Psychiatry.
  5. Sweet AD, Bush SE, Gustafsson DR, Allen JM, DiBlasi E, Skeen HR, Weckstein JD, Johnson KP (2018). Host and parasite morphology influence congruence between host and parasite phylogenies. Int J Parasitol, 48(8), 641-648.
  6. DiBlasi E, Johnson KP, Stringham SA, Hansen AN, Beach AB, Clayton DH, Bush SE (2018). Phoretic dispersal influences parasite population genetic structure. Mol Ecol, 27(12), 2770-2779.
  7. Knutie SA, Owen JP, McNew SM, Bartlow AW, Arriero E, Herman JM, DiBlasi E, Thompson M, Koop JAH, Clayton DH (2015). Galápagos mockingbirds tolerate introduced parasites that affect Darwin's finches. Ecology, 97(4), 940-950.
  8. Bush SE, Weckstein JD, Gustafsson DR, Allen J, DiBlasi E, Shreve SM, Boldt R, Skeen HR, Johnson KP (2015). Unlocking the black box of feather louse diversity: A molecular phylogeny of the hyper-diverse genus Brueelia. Mol Phylogenet Evol, 94(Pt B), 737-751.
  9. Bush SE, Weckstein JD, Gustafsson DR, Allen J, DiBlasi E, Shreve SM, Boldt R, Skeen HR, Johnson KP (2015). Data supporting a molecular phylogeny of the hyper-diverse genus Brueelia. Data Brief, 5, 1078-91.
  10. DiBlasi E, Morse S, Mayberry JR, Avila LJ, Morando M, Dittmar K (2011). New Spiroplasma in parasitic Leptus mites and their Agathemera walking stick hosts from Argentina. J Invertebr Pathol, 107(3), 225-8.
  11. Dittmar K, Morse S, Gruwell M, Mayberry J, DiBlasi E (2011). Spatial and temporal complexities of reproductive behavior and sex ratios: a case from parasitic insects. PLoS ONE, 6(5), e19438.