Genes, Environment, and Health Branch (GEH)

Astrid Haugen is a Health Specialist in the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). She manages the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (R15) and Research Enhancement Award (REAP) (R15) programs, the NIEHS Extramural Loan Repayment program, and grant supplement programs in Data Science as well as Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers. In addition, she coordinates activities relevant to programmatic oversight functions for the Autism and Environment program. Previously, she served as a program analyst for several programs in the division, including trans-NIH programs such as Roadmap Epigenomics and Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K). Prior to joining DERT in 2008, she was a Biologist in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at NIEHS for 18 years. 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 worked 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.

Ms. Haugen has earned a B.S. in Biology from Guilford College and a M.S. in Environmental Health Science and Graduate Certificate in Public Health Foundations and Practice from East Carolina University, College of Health and Human Performance and Brody School of Medicine.