University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research

Bio for Russell Tracy, Ph.D.
Russell Tracy, Ph.D.

Russell Tracy, Ph.D.

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
Col Research Facility, 360 South Park Dr, Office 206E, Colchester


1967 - 1971 Undergraduate Student, Biology, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY (B.S.)
1973 - 1978 Graduate Student, Biochemistry, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (Ph.D)
1978 - 1980 Post-doctoral Training Fellow, Clinical Chemistry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Academic Appointments

2014 - Present Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

2014 - Present Interim Senior Associate Dean for Research, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

1997 - Present Professor (with tenure) of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

2009 - Present Member, Board of Trustees, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

2009 - 2014 Director, Translational Technologies, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

2012 - 2013 Member, Board of Trustees, Fletcher Allen Partners, Burlington, VT

2001 - 2009 Senior Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

2000 - 2001 Interim Associate Dean for Research, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

1995 - 1997 Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT

1993 - 1997 Associate Professor (with tenure) of Pathology and Biochemistry, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

1993 - 1995 Core Laboratory Director, General Clinical Research Center and Sims Obesity and Nutrition Research Center, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

1988 - 1993 Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Pathology and Biochemistry, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

1984 - 1995 Clinical Chemist, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington, VT

1984 - 1988 Research Assistant Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington,VT

1983 - 1984 Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NYAssistant Director, Clinical Chemistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY

1980 - 1983 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Consultant, Molecular Anatomy Program, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

1978 - 1980 Postdoctoral Training Fellow in Clinical Chemistry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Awards and Honors

2006 - 2010 AHA Council on Epidemiology and Disease Prevention - Leadership Committee, member

2009 University Distinguished Professor - highest academic award at the University of Vermont

2006 Visiting Professor, Gill Heart Institute, University of Kentucky

2005 The Bernie Zak Award for Research - Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division, American Association for Clinical Chemistry

2005 The Kelly West Lecture - University of Oklahoma Medical Center

2001 Fellow, American Heart Association Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

2001 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Pathology Department, Emory University

1987 Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry

1987 Fellow: National Academy of Clinical Chemistry

1984 AACC Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator; American Association for Clinical Chemistry and Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics

1979 and 1982 Young Investigator Award - Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists

1979 Arnold O. Beckman Conference Fellowship - American Association for Clinical Chemistry

One article listed in June 2010 in the category "articles since 1993 that have received the most overall citations" of the New England Journal of Medicine (current Impact Factor 49.91)

Two articles in the "top 50 cited articles" in American Journal of Epidemiology (current Impact Factor 6.40)

Three articles in the "top 50 most cited articles" in Clinical Chemistry (current Impact Factor 6.11)

Two articles in the "top 50 most cited articles" in Circulation (current Impact Factor 13.54)

Two articles in the "top 50 most cited articles" in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (current Impact Factor 7.58).


2015 Duprez DA, Otvos J, Tracy RP, Feingold KR, Greenland P, Gross MD, Lima JA, Mackey RH, Neaton JD, Sanchez OA, Jacobs DR. High-Density Lipoprotein Subclasses and Noncardiovascular, Noncancer Chronic Inflammatory-Related Events Versus Cardiovascular Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.  J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Sep 14;4(9). pii: e002295. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002295.PMID:26370448

2015 Durda P, Sabourin J, Lange EM, Nalls MA, Mychaleckyj JC, Jenny NS, Li J, Walston J, Harris TB, Psaty BM, Valdar W, Liu Y, Cushman M, Reiner AP, Tracy RP, Lange LA. Plasma Levels of Soluble IL-2 Receptor a: Associations With Clinical Cardiovascular Events and Genome-Wide Association Scan. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Aug 20. pii: ATVBAHA.115.305289. [Epub ahead of print PMID:26293465

2015 Tang W, Cushman M, Green D, Rich SS, Lange LA, Yang Q, Tracy RP, Tofler GH, Basu S, Wilson JG, Keating BJ, Weng LC, Taylor HA, Jacobs DR Jr, Delaney JA, Palmer CD, Young T, Pankow JS, O'Donnell CJ, Smith NL, Reiner AP, Folsom AR. Gene-centric approach identifies new and known loci for FVIII activity and VWF antigen levels in European Americans and African Americans.
Am J Hematol. 2015 Jun;90(6):534-40. doi: 10.1002/ajh.24005. Epub 2015 Apr 1. PMID:25779970

2015 Sekikawa A, Miyamoto Y, Miura K, Nishimura K, Willcox BJ, Masaki KH, Rodriguez B, Tracy RP, Okamura T, Kuller LH.Continuous decline in mortality from coronary heart disease in Japan despite a continuous and marked rise in total cholesterol: Japanese experience after the Seven Countries Study. Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Jul 16. pii: dyv143. [Epub ahead of print]

2015 Laugsand LE, Ix JH, Bartz TM, Djousse L, Kizer JR, Tracy RP, Dehghan A, Rexrode K, Lopez OL, Rimm EB, Siscovick DS, O'Donnell CJ, Newman A, Mukamal KJ, Jensen MK. Fetuin-A and risk of coronary heart disease: A Mendelian randomization analysis and a pooled analysis of AHSG genetic variants in 7 prospective studies. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Sep 4;243(1):44-52. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2015.08.031. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26343871

2014 Waterworth DM, Li L, Scott R, Warren L, Gillson C, Aponte J, Sarov-Blat L, Sprecher D, Dupuis J, Reiner A, Psaty BM, Tracy RP, Lin H, McPherson R, Chissoe S, Wareham N, Ehm MG. A low-frequency variant in MAPK14 provides mechanistic evidence of a link with myeloperoxidase: a prognostic cardiovascular risk marker. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Aug 27;3(4). [PubMed - in process]

2014 TG and HDL Working Group of the Exome Sequencing Project, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Crosby J, Peloso GM, Auer PL, Crosslin DR, Stitziel NO, Lange LA, Lu Y, Tang ZZ, Zhang H, Hindy G, Masca N, Stirrups K, Kanoni S, Do R, Jun G, Hu Y, Kang HM, Xue C, Goel A, Farrall M, Duga S, Merlini PA, Asselta R, Girelli D, Olivieri O, Martinelli N, Yin W, Reilly D, Speliotes E, Fox CS, Hveem K, Holmen OL, Nikpay M, Farlow DN, Assimes TL, Franceschini N, Robinson J, North KE, Martin LW, DePristo M, Gupta N, Escher SA, Jansson JH, Van Zuydam N, Palmer CN, Wareham N, Koch W, Meitinger T, Peters A, Lieb W, Erbel R, Konig IR, Kruppa J, Degenhardt F, Gottesman O, Bottinger EP, O'Donnell CJ, Psaty BM, Ballantyne CM, Abecasis G, Ordovas JM, Melander O, Watkins H, Orho-Melander M, Ardissino D, Loos RJ, McPherson R, Willer CJ, Erdmann J, Hall AS, Samani NJ, Deloukas P, Schunkert H, Wilson JG, Kooperberg C, Rich SS, Tracy RP, Lin DY, Altshuler D, Gabriel S, Nickerson DA, Jarvik GP, Cupples LA, Reiner AP, Boerwinkle E, Kathiresan S. Loss-of-function mutations in APOC3, triglycerides, and coronary disease. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jul 3;371(1):22-31. [PubMed - in process]

2014 Agarwal I, Glazer NL, Barasch E, Biggs ML, Djouss√© L, Fitzpatrick AL, Gottdiener JS, Ix JH, Kizer JR, Rimm EB, Siscovick DS, Tracy RP, Mukamal KJ. Fibrosis-Related Biomarkers and Incident Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2014 Jun 24. [PubMed - in process]

2014 Gottlieb DJ, Punjabi NM, Mehra R, Patel SR, Quan SF, Babineau DC, Tracy RP, Rueschman M, Blumenthal RS, Lewis EF, Bhatt DL, Redline S. CPAP versus oxygen in obstructive sleep apnea. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jun 12;370(24):2276-85.  [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

2014 Kizer JR, Benkeser D, Arnold AM, Ix JH, Mukamal KJ, Djousse L, Tracy RP, Siscovick DS, Psaty BM, Zieman SJ. Advanced glycation/glycoxidation endproduct carboxymethyl-lysine and incidence of coronary heart disease and stroke in older adults. Atherosclerosis 2014 Jul;235(1):116-21. [PubMed - in process]

For a complete list of Russell Tracy's publications, please visit PubMed.