Genomics & Human Genetics

DNA is the key to personalized diagnosis and treatment

By diving deeper and examining the genetics of those that are sick and those that are well we hope to find a genetic definition of “what is well.” Defining “what is well” can help us see, depending person’s particular genetics, what is required to bring a patient to health.

By using the Northwell Health’s biobank, we hope to use a patient’s own DNA to develop a personalized treatment plan. Samples for the biobank come from our 21 Northwell Health hospitals, which serve the most culturally diverse population in the US. In addition to collecting samples from the hospitals, we use the Genotype and Phenotype (GaP) registry, which allows us to examine how different factors such as age, race and medical histories play into different diseases and conditions.

Some of the conditions studied by our scientists include autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, various cancers, as well as human traits related to memory and cognition like Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, absolute pitch and a fascinating sensory condition called synesthesia.