Alicia Martin, PhD - The Critical Importance of Diversity in Genetic Studies
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Alicia Martin, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Bio: Alicia R. Martin, Ph.D., is an Instructor in Investigation at the Analytic & Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute. As a population and statistical geneticist, her research examines the role of human history in shaping global genetic and phenotypic diversity. Given vast Eurocentric study biases, she quantifies the transferability of knowledge gained from large-scale genetic studies across globally diverse populations. She is particularly interested in ensuring that the translation of genetic technologies via polygenic risk does not exacerbate health disparities induced by these study biases. Towards this end, she is developing statistical methods, community resources, and research capacity for multi-ancestry studies.
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