U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rebekah Rasooly

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-6007
Email: rasoolyr@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Program DirectorGenetics and Genomics, NIDA, NIH1999-2001
  • Associate Deputy Scientific Director and Assistant ProfessorThe Johns Hopkins School of Medicine1998-1999
  • Clare Boothe Luce Assistant ProfessorSt. John’s University1992-1999
  • Belfer Postdoctoral FellowDepartment of Molecular Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine1990-1992
  • Ph.D.Michigan State University1989

Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases

Current Responsibilities & Activities

As director of the Kidney and Urology Genetics and Genomics program, I oversee a research portfolio that includes human genetic and molecular genetic studies about kidney and urologic diseases.  These diseases may involve a single gene or be genetically complex.  My responsibilities include management of several large consortia and research resources in areas such as cystic kidney disease, as well as rare genetic calcium oxalate stone diseases.  The portfolio also includes genomics and genetics studies of the kidney and genitourinary tract in animal models, as well as support for the development of genetic and genomic tools.

As a project officer, I oversee the NIDDK Central Repositories, which house data and samples from major clinical studies supported by the NIDDK, and the NIDDK genome-wide association study and sequencing datasets housed in dbGAP.

​Research Programs

Genetic Metabolic Disease
This program supports basic and clinical research that addresses the pathophysiology and treatment of inborn errors of metabolism and rare genetic metabolic diseases, including lipodystrophy, maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY), Primary Hyperoxaluria, systemic amyloidosis and porphyria.

Kidney Genetics and Genomics
The NIDDK Kidney Genetics and Genomics program supports research that uses genetics and genomics approaches to elucidate the normal and pathologic function of the kidney

Polycystic Kidney Disease
The NIDDK Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) program supports basic, translational, and clinical research relating to renal injury from cyst growth that occurs in PKD

Urology Genetics and Genomics
The NIDDK Urology Genetics and Genomics program supports research that uses genetics and genomics approaches to elucidate the normal and pathologic functions of the lower genitourinary tract

Current Committee Memberships

  • Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Program BiobankLead, Implementation Team
  • H3Africa Steering CommitteeMember
  • NIH GWAS Participant Protection and Data Management CommitteeMember, Head of NIDDK Data Access Committee
  • Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating CommitteeCo-chair