Dr. Heidi Sofia joined NHGRI in 2010 as part of the team responsible for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) initiative in cancer genomics, jointly managed by NHGRI and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). TCGA was instrumental in setting the foundation for understanding cancer as a genomic disease and driving innovation in large-scale genomics, analysis tools, and data sharing in building a community resource.
Dr. Sofia manages a genomics, data science, and informatics portfolio, which includes research grants and small business awards, and participates in NIH data science initiatives such as BD2K and BISTI. Her interests include enabling technologies for challenging problems in genomic biology and health such as secure data sharing with privacy, cloud computing at scale, semantic models for data integration, and graph and network models and representations. She engages in community efforts to develop next-generation standards such as in the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).
Prior to joining NHGRI, Dr. Sofia worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), one of the Department of Energy (DOE) science labs, on projects in genomic analysis, information visualization and novel toolkit development. She contributed to research in cyberinfrastructure, advanced analytics, information management, data-intensive and high-performance computing, in teams interested in the novel features of driving biological problems.
Dr. Sofia received a B.A. in Biochemistry and a Masters in Public Health from University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was a National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) GenBank Fellow.
Last Updated: September 23, 2018