The Human Genetics Program was established in 1996 to provide an expanded focus for interdisciplinary research into the genetic determinants of human cancer. Advances in molecular genetics and related biomedical sciences provide extraordinary opportunities both to explore and identify heritable factors that predispose to cancer as well as to elucidate gene-environment interactions. Program investigators conduct family-based and population-based studies that integrate clinical, epidemiologic, and laboratory approaches to investigate genetic susceptibility to cancer. The Program is organized into the Clinical Genetics Branch, the Genetic Epidemiology Branch, and the Laboratory of Translational Genomics.
Margaret A. Tucker, Director