Heidi Rehm is the Chief Genomics Officer in the Department of Medicine and at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) working to integrate genomics into medical practice with standardized approaches. She is a board-certified laboratory geneticist, Medical Director of the Broad Institute Clinical Research Sequencing Platform, and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, using these roles to guide genomic testing for clinical and clinical research use. She is a leader in defining standards for the interpretation of sequence variants and a principal investigator of ClinGen, providing free and publicly accessible resources to support the interpretation of genes and variants. Rehm also co-leads the Broad Center for Mendelian Genomics with Anne O’Donnell focused on discovering novel rare disease genes and co-leads the Matchmaker Exchange to aid in gene discovery. She is a strong advocate and pioneer of open science and data sharing, working to extend these approaches through her role as vice-chair of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health. Rehm is also a principal investigator of the Broad-LMM-Color All of Us Genome Center supporting the sequencing and return of results to a cohort of one million individuals in the US and co-leading the gnomAD database.
More information about her work can be found at:
Laboratory Website: RehmLab.org
Broad Center for Mendelian Genomics https://cmg.broadinstitute.org
Rare Genomes Project https://raregenomes.org
Matchmaker Exchange http://www.matchmakerexchange.org
All of Us Research Program https://www.joinallofus.org
Rehm received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She completed her PhD in Genetics at Harvard University studying the genetic and pathological basis of Norrie Disease, a deaf-blindness syndrome, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, expanding her studies into the genetic basis of hearing loss.