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The NHGRI Genomic Data Science Working Group facilitates a deeper engagement of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research on complex issues at the interface between genomics and data science.


The NHGRI Genomic Data Science Working Group was created in 2017 as a subcommittee of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. The working group has been charged with providing input to the NHGRI Director and other institute leaders about relevant trans-National Institutes of Health issues related to data science, for which NHGRI is frequently called upon for leadership and expertise. The general remit is deliberately broad, with the intent to make the working group poised to consider the full spectrum of data science challenges (from data management to data usage, including policy-related elements) as they relate to all areas of genomics (from basic science to genomic medicine implementation).


Each year, the GDSWG presents a report of subcommittee activities to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. View archived GDSWG reports below:

September 2020 Council

GSWG Report to September 2020 Council (PDF)

February 2019 Council

NACHGR February 2019 Council Presentation (PDF)


Michael Boehnke, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Mark Craven, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Trey Ideker, Ph.D., UC San Diego
Gail Jarvik, M.D, Ph.D., University of Washington
Eimear Kenny, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Anshul Kundaje Ph.D., Stanford University
Christina Leslie, Ph.D., Sloan Kettering Institute
Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Sciences University
Casey Overby Taylor, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Marylyn Ritchie Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Paul Sternberg Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

NHGRI Representatives

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D
Carolyn Hutter, Ph.D.
Valentina Di Francesco, M.S.
Sean Garin

Past Membership

Gill Bejerano, Ph.D., Stanford University
Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D., UTHealth School of Public Health and Baylor College of Medicine
Lon Cardon, Ph.D., BioMarin
Nancy Cox, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
George Hripcsak, M.D. Columbia University
Mark Johnston, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anthony Philippakis, M.D., Ph.D.,The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard


Valentina Di Francesco, M.S.
Valentina Di Francesco, M.S.
  • Lead Program Director Computational Genomics and Data Science
  • Division of Genome Sciences

Last updated: September 9, 2021