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The National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) organizational structure is divided into seven divisions and the Office of the Director to reflect the emerging landscape of genomics research.


2019 NHGRI Organizational Chart



In 2012, NHGRI formally reorganized its institutional structure by dividing the institute's Extramural Research Program into four new divisions and promoting to division status the office overseeing policy, communications, and education, and the office overseeing administration and management. The reorganization was approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and announced at the 66th meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. The organizational structure is intended to support the institute's expanding mission, which has evolved from the singular focus on the Human Genome Project to pursuing an exciting and broad set of opportunities for using genomics to advance medicine and improve human health.

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Office of the Director

The Office of the Director oversees general operations, administration and communications for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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Division of Extramural Operations

The Division of Extramural Operations conducts the review of NHGRI's grant applications and grants management.

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Division of Genome Sciences

The Division of Genome Sciences oversees basic genomics research and technology development, as well as major activities such as large-scale genome sequencing.

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Division of Genomic Medicine

The Division of Genomic Medicine promotes the NHGRI's efforts to advance the application of genomics to medical science and clinical care.

Division of Genomics and Society

The Division of Genomics and Society focuses on the societal issues that need to be studied and addressed as genomics advances.

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Division of Intramural Research

The Division of Intramural Research coducts scientific studies in NHGRI's labs on and around the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md.

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Division of Management

The Division of Management oversees a wide range of NHGRI activities, from financial management to administrative services to information technology.

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Division of Policy, Communications, and Education

Responsible for​ promoting the integration and utilization of genomic knowledge to advance human health and society.

Last updated: July 3, 2013