Elaine R. Mardis, PhD
Co-Executive Director, The Institute for Genomic Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Dr. Mardis is a professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and is co-executive director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine. Her research interests focus on the application of next-generation sequencing to characterize cancer genomes and transcriptomes, and to support therapeutic decision-making. Her translational research efforts devise sequencing-based diagnostics, decision-support tools and databases, and the use of genomics to design personalized cancer vaccines. Dr. Mardis was on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine from 1993-2016, where she became co-director of the McDonnell Genome Institute in 2002 and was named the Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine in 2014. Previously, she was a senior research scientist at BioRad Laboratories. Dr. Mardis graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Zoology and completed her PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry, also at Oklahoma.