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Policy and Program Analysis Branch

The Policy and Program Analysis Branch (PPAB) of the Division of Policy, Communication, and Education conducts policy development and analysis that enables the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) to pursue its mission. The PPAB examines the policy implications of research on the structure and function of the human genome, and of associated resources and technologies. The PPAB develops policy positions on issues arising from the translation of discoveries from human genetic and genomic research to uses in the public domain, and tracks federal and state public policy that has an impact on NHGRI research.

The PPAB also acts as an informational resource for parties interested in the policies of the NHGRI and those associated with genome research and technology. It engages other agencies within the executive branch, as well as policy makers, professional societies and related organizations. The PPAB serves as a liaison to voluntary health organizations and consumer groups with a shared interest in policy matters related to human genetics and genome research.

As part of its planning function, the branch conducts long-range planning and evaluation of institute research and policy priorities, and interacts with program planning and evaluation officers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services. The PPAB responds to requests for information from various NIH entities, from Capitol Hill and advocacy organizations, as well as from the Office of Management and Budget, including the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

The work of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program (ELSI) of NHGRI's Division of Genomics and Society, which funds research addressing the ethical, legal and social implications that arise as a result of genetics research, informs the work of the PPAB.

Current PPAB Policy Focus


Cristina Kapustij, M.S.

Science Policy Analyst


ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy Fellow

Christa Wagner, Ph.D.
2016-2017 ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy Fellow

Scientific Program Analyst

Rebecca Hong, B.S.

Health Policy Analyst

Sonya Jooma, M.A.

Program Assistant/Branch Operations Coordinator

Tiffany Ward


Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Division of Policy, Communication and Education
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 4B09
9000 Rockville Pike, MSC 2152
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone: (301) 402-0955
Fax: (301) 402-4831

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Last Updated: November 1, 2016