Julie Gastier-Foster

Dr. Julie Gastier-Foster is the Senior Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine Clinical Laboratory and Vice Chair of Laboratory Genetics in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is a Professor (Clinical) in the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Gastier-Foster received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School, and completed her medical genetics training at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics and has nearly 20 years’ experience overseeing CAP/CLIA-certified clinical genetics laboratories. Dr. Gastier-Foster also has significant translational research funding to support the integration of genetic/genomic testing into clinical trials and promote biobanking and tumor processing for new research discoveries. She is responsible for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Molecular Reference Laboratories and the COG and SWOG Leukemia Banks. She serves as the Principal Investigator for the COG reference laboratories, providing real time clinical testing for risk-based stratification of COG patients and also works with tumor committees to incorporate new clinical biomarkers. Dr. Gastier-Foster has utilized her biorepository and tumor processing expertise as the Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Cancer Genomics Biospecimen Core Resource (BCR) since 2009. The BCR is responsible for tumor pathology review and processing for large scale genomics projects such as The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and subsequent projects.