Dana B. Hancock

Senior Genetic Epidemiologist

Dana Hancock

Education

  • Postdoctoral fellowship in genetic epidemiology, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • PhD, Genetics and Genomics, Duke University
  • BS, Biochemistry (minor in Genetics), North Carolina State University
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Dana B. Hancock is director of the Center for Omics Discovery and Epidemiology (CODE) in the Behavioral Health Research Division. Her research focuses on identifying and characterizing genetic, epigenetic, and environmental risk factors and their interactions for complex human diseases and traits.

With 15 years of experience, she has worked in highly collaborative settings with investigators across the United States and worldwide to conduct targeted gene and genome-wide association studies for neurologic, respiratory, immunologic, and addiction (including, nicotine and opioids) outcomes. Dr. Hancock is also experienced in leveraging epigenetics and other layers of biological information to better understand genetic risk factors and their interactions.

She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other correspondences. Dr. Hancock is currently principal investigator or co-investigator of several National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded studies, and she serves as a standing member of the Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH.