Research Areas

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) conducts a broad program of laboratory and clinical research to translate genomics into a greater understanding of human biology and develop better methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of heritable and genetic disorders.

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Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch

The NHGRI Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch identifies and study genes that contribute to cancer susceptibility and progression.

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Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch

NHGRI branch focused on computationally intensive approaches to analyze large-scale genomic data and identifying genetic contributions to human disease.

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Genetic Disease Research Branch

The Genetic Disease Research Branch studies how genetic changes affect the structure and function of gene products leading to human disease.

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Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch

The Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch uses genomic technologies to study the human genome and other organisms and disease mechanisms.

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Medical Genetics Branch

The Medical Genetics Branch studies inherited disorders of metabolism and of human development.

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Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch

The Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch study how health and disease are related to genetic, genomic and metabolic variation.

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Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch

The Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch studies the genomic and social determinants of complex diseases.

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Social and Behavioral Research Branch

The Social and Behavioral Research Branch conducts research to apply genomic discoveries to improve health and clinical care.

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Translational and Functional Genomics Branch

The Translational and Functional Genomics Branch explores the genetic, epigenetic and metagenomic basis of human disorders.