Genes, Environment, and Health Branch (GEH)
Astrid Haugen received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Guilford College in 1988. After graduation, she went to Italy where she worked at the Garibaldi Hospital, Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders, in association with the University of Catania, for two years before joining NIEHS in 1990. As a biologist in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) for 18 years, Astrid made significant contributions to genomics and molecular genetics research – a field she also pursued in graduate work. Her scientific accomplishments include being a member of the team that isolated and characterized the breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA1. Identification of the BRCA1 gene has had major implications for public health, including early tumor detection, improved prognosis, and new therapeutic strategies. During her last eight years in DIR/NIEHS, she published work with Dr. Bennett Van Houten on system’s biology-related research projects involving arsenic-treated Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as well as the inherited neurodegenerative disease Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) for which she defined transcriptional responses in human subjects and identified sets of genes associated with the accumulation of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA damage in blood. In 2008, Astrid joined the Division of Extramural Science and Training (DERT) as a program analyst, where she works on the Roadmap Epigenomics Program and is the NIEHS administrator of the Loan Repayment Program.
- DERT Science and Research Program Support (SaRPS)
- Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/dert/programs/developmental/index.cfm) (http://www.niehs.nih.govhttp://edit:9992/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_authtype=0&sys_variantid=567&sys_revision=1&sys_contentid=75188&sys_context=0)
- Loan Repayment