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Program Specialist

Division of Genome Sciences


B. A. (Honors) Youngstown State University

Pharm.D. Northeast Ohio Medical University


Ismail Safi joined the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Extramural Research Program as a program specialist in 2021. As a program specialist, he is involved in initiative planning and tracking, strategic planning, and overseeing division and extramural activities. Ismail is also involved in the Implementing Genomics in Practice II (IGNITE-II) program.

Before joining NHGRI, Ismail worked on research projects aiming to elucidate the molecular and behavioral characteristics of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Ismail has a long-standing interest in pharmacogenomics, psychopharmacology, and the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders.

Ismail received his B.A. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and a PharmD from Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he was granted the Outstanding Researcher Award.

Last updated: September 19, 2023