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Astrid Haugen

Genes, Environment, and Health Branch (GEH)

Astrid Haugen
Astrid C. Haugen
Health Specialist
Summer Supplement Program Administrator
Tel 984-287-3266
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-15
Durham, N.C. 27709

Astrid Haugen joined the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in 2008 and is the administrator for the NIEHS Extramural Loan Repayment Program and Supplements for Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers Program. In addition, she serves as a Health Specialist for the Autism and Environment Program, NIH Roadmap Epigenomics Program, and different Data Science Projects, all of which involve trans-NIH efforts. Astrid's scientific background is in genomics and molecular genetics research. Prior to joining DERT, 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.