Tamar Sofer
Assistant Professor

Tamar Sofer

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics



Other Positions

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Brigham and Women's Hospital


I am a biostatistical researcher focusing on genetic and omics analyses of diverse and complex populations. I did my PhD in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and graduated at 2012. Then, I continued as a postdoctoral fellow there, and later became a research scientist at the Genetic Analysis Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. At UW, I worked on genetic association analyses in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, and on analysis of whole genome sequencing data from the NHLBI's Trans-Omics in Precision Medicine initiative. In late 2017 I moved to BWH and Harvard University, where I continue to develop and implement methodology for genetic and omics analyses of sleep , cognitive, cardiopulmonary, and metabolic phenotypes, with the goal of understanding the genetic basis of such phenotypes, and how environmental exposures modify the pathways from genotypes to phenotypes. I extensively collaborate with minority population studies such as the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, the Jackson Heart Study, and more.


Whole genome sequence analysis of pulmonary function and COPD in 19,996 multi-ethnic participants.

Zhao X, Qiao D, Yang C, Kasela S, Kim W, Ma Y, Shrine N, Batini C, Sofer T, Taliun SAG, Sakornsakolpat P, Balte PP, Prokopenko D, Yu B, Lange LA, Dupuis J, Cade BE, Lee J, Gharib SA, Daya M, Laurie CA, Ruczinski I, Cupples LA, Loehr LR, Bartz TM, Morrison AC, Psaty BM, Vasan RS, Wilson JG, Taylor KD, Durda P, Johnson WC, Cornell E, Guo X, Liu Y, Tracy RP, Ardlie KG, Aguet F, VanDenBerg DJ, Papanicolaou GJ, Rotter JI, Barnes KC, Jain D, Nickerson DA, Muzny DM, Metcalf GA, Doddapaneni H, Dugan-Perez S, Gupta N, Gabriel S, Rich SS, O'Connor GT, Redline S, Reed RM, Laurie CC, Daviglus ML, Preudhomme LK, Burkart KM, Kaplan RC, Wain LV, Tobin MD, London SJ, Lappalainen T, Oelsner EC, Abecasis GR, Silverman EK, Barr RG, Cho MH, Manichaikul A.

Nat Commun. 2020 10 14. 11(1):5182. PMID: 33057025