Research Branches

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Research Branches

The Division of Intramural Research is organized into a series of research branches, with each branch specializing in a specific area of genomic research. Information on the faculty and research programs within each branch can be found by following the links below.

Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch
Investigators in this branch study seek to identify and study genes that contribute to cancer susceptibility and progression.

Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch
This branch focuses on the development and application of computationally intensive approaches to analyze large-scale genetic and genomic data, with a particular focus on identifying genetic contributions to human disease.  CSGB investigators specialize in statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology.

Genetic Disease Research Branch
Investigators in this branch study the mechanisms by which genetic changes affect the structure and function of gene products leading to human disease.

Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
This branch uses state-of-the-art genetic and genomic technologies to study the genomes of humans and other organisms and disease mechanisms. Their goal is to demonstrate that research findings and opportunities derived from genetic and genomic technologies may be translated into improved diagnosis, treatments and prevention of human diseases. 

Medical Genetics Branch
This branch uses clinical genetics to study novel human development disorders, and includes genetic counseling and bioethics sections.

Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch
Investigators in this branch seek to identify and understand inherited disorders of metabolism and of human development.


Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch
Investigators in this branch study the genomic and social determinants of complex diseases.


Social and Behavioral Research Branch
This branch translates genomic discoveries into interventions that improve health-related decisions and outcomes, and investigates the social, ethical and public policy impact of genomic research.

Translational and Functional Genomics Branch
Investigators in the this branch study how genome structure and function contribute to health.


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Last Updated: May 18, 2014