Lindsay A. Farrer, Ph.D.
Chief of Biomedical Genetics, Professor of Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Genetics, Genomics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics
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I am a genetic epidemiologist and board-certified medical geneticist, and have devoted my career to elucidating the genetic basis of human diseases. My notable achievements in the last several years include the discovery of the association of CFH with age-related macular generation, and the discovery of the genetic and biological association of Alzheimer disease (AD) with SORL1 and other sortillin-related proteins. For more than 20 years, I have directed several large multi-center genetic studies in AD including the MIRAGE Study. I serve on the executive committees of and co-direct analyses for the Alzheimer Disease Genetics Consortium and AMDGene Consortium. I have been the dissertation advisor for more than 10 PhD students and mentored more than 15 postdoctoral fellows. Many of these students have subsequently established successful careers as independent researchers in academia and private industry. In addition, I have supervised the research for six faculty-level scientists who received career development awards from NIH and mentored more than 10 other junior faculty.