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Program Director

Division of Genomics and Society


B.A. Oberlin College, 1983


Joy Boyer has been a program official with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program since 1996. As a program director in the NHGRI Division of Genomics and Society, Joy oversees a portfolio of research, training and career development grants related to the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research. She coordinates the Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER) consortium and is the principal contact for ELSI Training grants (T32) program. She also participates in a variety of ELSI-related trans-NHGRI, trans-NIH and trans-HHS initiatives and programs, particularly initiatives focused on newborn and prenatal genetic screening.

Currently, Joy focuses on ELSI Research Program grants and initiatives related to Genomics and Sociocultural Structures and Values. These projects examine the foundational concepts and values that underlie and shape how individuals, families, communities and other social and cultural groups understand and use genomic information and technologies.

Visit the ELSI Research Areas webpage for more information on areas of ELSI research.

Last updated: April 5, 2021