Nancy J. Cox is a quantitative human geneticist whose research program focuses on identifying and characterizing the genetic component to common human diseases.
lab is computational, and recent research has focused on the development and application of data integration approaches across transcriptome and genome variation.
Current funded research in her
laboratory includes methods development for the GTEx (Genotype Tissue Expression) project, as well as applications projects in type 2 diabetes, neuropsychiatric disorders, pharmacogenomics phenotypes, and genome studies in electronic health records.
Dr. Cox spent 28 years as a faculty member at the University of Chicago before accepting a position to direct the new Vanderbilt Genetics Institute in 2015.
She is now the Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics, and Director of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and the Division of Genetic Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
A primary focus of her
current research activities is BioVU, the biobank at Vanderbilt University
with more than 214,000 DNA samples linked to a 30-year-old high quality electronic health record, with genome interrogation on >100,000 of the samples available in 2016.
Dr. Cox is a Fellow of the AAAS, a 2008 co-winner of the Landon Award from the AACR, and president-elect of the American Society of Human Genetics.