Neil Hanchard, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human GeneticsBaylor College of Medicine
Dr. Hanchard received his medical degree with Honours from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and his D.Phil. in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford, UK, where he was a Rhodes Scholar in the laboratory of Prof. Dominic Kwiatkowski. Thereafter he completed his clinical training in the United States as a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic and as a clinical geneticist at BCM. His lab focuses on using quantitative and integrative genomics to explore complex pediatric diseases. As part of these explorations, there is a particular emphasis on the interplay of population genetics and disease susceptibility in diverse populations. Dr. Hanchard’s current portfolio includes studies of congenital cardiovascular diseases, sickle cell disease, severe childhood malnutrition, and pediatric HIV, and is supported through extensive collaborations across Africa, the Caribbean, and the US. He is the Chair of the Genome Analysis working group of the Human Health and Heredity in Africa (H3Africa) consortium, and the Early-Career Member on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). Dr. Hanchard is also the Director of the core Laboratory for Translational Genomics at BCM and sees patients with rare genetic disorders at Texas Children’s Hospital, through which he has published broadly on the genetic basis of rare birth defects and Mendelian syndromes.