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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Sarah Kalia, PhD, SM, ScM

Program Director
Genomic Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program


  • PhD - Population Health Sciences, Harvard University
  • SM - Biostatistics, Harvard University
  • ScM - Genetic Counseling, Johns Hopkins University
Contact for questions about:
  • Polygenic risk scores
  • Participant engagement
  • Genetic counseling
  • Variants of unknown significance (VUS) and curation


Sarah Kalia, PhD, SM, ScM, is a program director in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Her responsibilities include developing and managing a portfolio of grants that focuses on genetic susceptibility to cancer and issues around the interpretation and reporting of genetic results.

Dr. Kalia came to EGRP from Analysis Group, where she worked as an associate in health economics and outcomes research. She previously worked as the director of research development, a senior project manager, and a genetic counselor in the Genomes2People research program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She served in several roles for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), including as chair of the NSGC Practice Guidelines Committee and chair of the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Advisory Group. She is lead author on “Recommendations for reporting of secondary findings in clinical exome and genome sequencing, 2016 update (ACMG SF v2.0): a policy statement of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics,” and co-author of the NSGC practice resource, "Clinical genetic counseling and translation considerations for polygenic scores in personalized risk assessments."

Select Publications

See listing of articles authored by Dr. Kalia in PubMed.