Dr. Neil Hanchard

Dr. Hanchard received his medical degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and his D.Phil. in Clinical Medicine and Human Genetics from the University of Oxford, UK, where he was a Rhodes Scholar in the laboratory of Prof. Dominic Kwiatkowski. Thereafter he completed his clinical training in the United States as a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic and as a clinical geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine. His lab focuses on using quantitative and integrative genomics to explore complex pediatric disease traits, particularly in human populations of diverse ancestries, emphasizing the interplay of population genetics and disease susceptibility. Dr. Hanchard’s current portfolio includes studies of congenital cardiovascular diseases, sickle cell disease, severe childhood malnutrition, and pediatric HIV, and he has published broadly on the genetic basis of rare birth defects and Mendelian syndromes. These studies are supported through extensive collaborations across Africa, the Caribbean, and the US. He is the Chair of the Genome Analysis working group of the Human Health and Heredity in Africa (H3Africa) consortium, and a former American Society of Human Genetics Early-career Director. In January 2021, Dr. Hanchard moved his lab to the NIH as an intramural investigator in the Center for Precision Health Research in NHGRI, where he leads the Childhood Complex Disease Genomics Section.