Dr. Laura Rodriguez is the director of the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education. In this capacity, she works to develop and implement policy for research initiatives at the NHGRI, design communication and outreach strategies to engage the public in genomic science, and prepare health care professionals for the integration of genomic medicine into clinical care. Dr. Rodriguez is particularly interested in the policy and ethics questions related to the inclusion of human research participants in genomics and genetics research.
As a leader within the development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy for Data Sharing in Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and its follow-on the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy, Dr. Rodriguez helped to shape the agency's approach to sharing NIH-supported genomic research data. She continues to play a significant role in overseeing implementation and on-going policy development for genomic data sharing across NIH.
Dr. Rodriguez' career has included positions in the legislative, advocacy and non-governmental policy arenas where she focused on a range of topics including research ethics, intellectual property and human research participant regulations.
Dr. Rodriguez received her bachelor's degree with honors in biology from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and earned a doctorate in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Last Updated: March 2, 2018