Nancy J. Cox, Ph.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute
Director, Division of Genetic Medicine
Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics, Vanderbilt University

Cox earned a B.S. in biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1978, a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Yale University in 1982. She did postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis from 1982 to 1985 and at the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 to 1987. She went on to join the University of Chicago, where she spent 28 years as a faculty member in the departments of medicine and human genetics. She was recruited to Vanderbilt University in 2015 as the inaugural director of the Vanderbilt Genetics Institute and division director for genetic medicine. Cox is a quantitative human geneticist with a long-standing research program devoted to discovering and understanding the genetic component to common human diseases.

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