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eMERGE launched in 2007 with five biorepositories linked to electronic health records, and it expanded throughout its four phases to incorporate many more clinical sites in a rich, collaborative environment. Two sites focus on pediatrics: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Hakon Hakonarson Headshot

Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Applied Genomics

Dr. Hakonarson is director of the Center for Applied Genomics and professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He leads a $40 million commitment from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to genomically characterize approximately 100,000 children, an initiative that has gained nationwide attention in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time Magazine, Nature, and Science.

Hakon Hakonarson MD, PhD
Principal Investigator

Patrick Sleiman, PhD
Co-Investigator, Statistical Geneticist and Associate Director of CAG

Robert W. Grundmeier, MD
Co-Investigator, Director of Clinical Informatics

Avni Santani, PhD
Co-Investigator, Director CLIA Laboratories, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation

Jeff Pennington
Co-Investigator, Associate Vice President & Chief Research Informatics Officer

John Connolly, PhD
Co-Investigator, Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager

Elizabeth Bhoj, MD
Co-Investigator, Phenotype Coordinator

Frank Mentch, PhD
Co-Investigator, EHR Data Manager

Lifeng Tian, PhD
Co-Investigator, Genomic Data Management

Margaret Harr
Co-Investigator, CGC, Return of Results Team Leader

Heather Hain, PhD
Co-Investigator, Senior Scientist and Recruitment Lead

Haijun Qiu, PhD
NLP Data Management

Naveen Muthu, MD
Clinical Effectiveness Lead

Dean Karavite
EHR Functionality Lead

Jeritt Thayer
Research Informatics Programmer

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Principal Investigator: John Harley, MD, PhD

Columbia University
Principal Investigators: Wendy Chung, PhD, MS; George Hripcsak, MD, MS; Krzysztof Kiryluk, MD; Chunhua Weng PhD, MS

Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Principal Investigators: Eimear Kenny, PhD; Noura Abul-Husn, MD, PhD; Judy Cho, MD; Barbara Murphy

Mass General Brigham
Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Karlson, MD; Shawn Murphy, MD, PhD; Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD; Scott Weiss, MD, MS

Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigators: Iftikhar Kullo, MD; Richard Sharp, PhD

Northwestern University
Principal Investigators: Rex Chisholm, PhD; Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD; Laura Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Principal Investigators: Nita Limdi PharmD, PhD, MSPH, FAHA; James Cimino, PhD

University of Washington
Principal Investigators: David Crosslin,PhD; Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Principal Investigators: Dan Roden, MD; Digna Velez Edwards PhD, MS; Wei-Qi Wei MD, PhD

eMERGE Network Coordinating Center
Principal Investigators: Josh Peterson, MD, MPH (VUMC); Niall Lennon, PhD (Broad)