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Program Director, Genomic Variation Program

Division of Genome Sciences


Ph.D. Harvard University, 1985


Dr. Brooks manages the Genomic Variation Program for the Division of Genome Sciences at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). She oversees the international 1000 Genomes Project, which aims to sequence the genomes of 2500 people from 27 populations to find most human genetic variation as the basis for future studies mapping genes, genomic elements, and variants affecting disease She also manages the GWASeq project, which aims to sequence and characterize the variation in genomic regions associated with disease in about 4000-8000 people in each of five disease studies.

Dr. Brooks was also the overseer for The International HapMap Project, which found the patterns of variation across the genome as the basis for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) relating variation to disease, and helped oversee the GAIN project of six GWAS studies. She manages grants on the genome-wide discovery of genetic variation and the development of statistical analysis methods for relating genetic variation to disease and function.

Dr. Brooks joined NHGRI in 1997, initially managing the Genome Informatics Program. Prior to that she was at Brown University and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Brooks received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 and the NIH Director's Award in 2003 and 2008. She received her B.S. in biology from Stanford University in 1978 with Marc Feldman and her Ph.D. in population genetics from Harvard University in 1985 with Richard Lewontin. She did a post-doc in statistical genetics at North Carolina State University with Bruce Weir.

Last updated: June 1, 2018