Dana B. Hancock

Senior Genetic Epidemiologist

Dana Hancock


  • PhD, Genetics and Genomics, Duke University
  • BS, Biochemistry (minor in Genetics), North Carolina State University
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Dana B. Hancock is a program manager in the Behavioral and Urban Health Program of the Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice 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 nearly 15 years of experience in the fields of human genetics and epidemiology, she has worked in highly collaborative settings with investigators across the United States and worldwide to conduct targeted gene studies and genome-wide association studies for neurologic, respiratory, immunologic, and addiction outcomes. Dr. Hancock has also contributed to methodological advances for studying complex disease genetics and their interactions.

She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other correspondences. Dr. Hancock is currently principal investigator or co-investigator of six National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded studies on the genetics of nicotine dependence, HIV, and lung function. Dr. Hancock currently serves as a standing member of the Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review at the NIH.