Tamar Sofer
Secondary Faculty

Tamar Sofer

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics



Other Positions

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital

Harvard Medical School


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.

BSc, 03/2008, Mathematics
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

PhD, 05/2012, Biostatistics
Harvard University


Polygenic transcriptome risk scores for COPD and lung function improve cross-ethnic portability of prediction in the NHLBI TOPMed program.

Hu X, Qiao D, Kim W, Moll M, Balte PP, Lange LA, Bartz TM, Kumar R, Li X, Yu B, Cade BE, Laurie CA, Sofer T, Ruczinski I, Nickerson DA, Muzny DM, Metcalf GA, Doddapaneni H, Gabriel S, Gupta N, Dugan-Perez S, Cupples LA, Loehr LR, Jain D, Rotter JI, Wilson JG, Psaty BM, Fornage M, Morrison AC, Vasan RS, Washko G, Rich SS, O'Connor GT, Bleecker E, Kaplan RC, Kalhan R, Redline S, Gharib SA, Meyers D, Ortega V, Dupuis J, London SJ, Lappalainen T, Oelsner EC, Silverman EK, Barr RG, Thornton TA, Wheeler HE, Cho MH, Im HK, Manichaikul A.

Am J Hum Genet. 2022 May 05. 109(5):857-870. PMID: 35385699

Ancestral diversity improves discovery and fine-mapping of genetic loci for anthropometric traits-The Hispanic/Latino Anthropometry Consortium.

Fernández-Rhodes L, Graff M, Buchanan VL, Justice AE, Highland HM, Guo X, Zhu W, Chen HH, Young KL, Adhikari K, Palmer ND, Below JE, Bradfield J, Pereira AC, Glover L, Kim D, Lilly AG, Shrestha P, Thomas AG, Zhang X, Chen M, Chiang CWK, Pulit S, Horimoto A, Krieger JE, Guindo-Martínez M, Preuss M, Schumann C, Smit RAJ, Torres-Mejía G, Acuña-Alonzo V, Bedoya G, Bortolini MC, Canizales-Quinteros S, Gallo C, González-José R, Poletti G, Rothhammer F, Hakonarson H, Igo R, Adler SG, Iyengar SK, Nicholas SB, Gogarten SM, Isasi CR, Papnicolaou G, Stilp AM, Qi Q, Kho M, Smith JA, Langefeld CD, Wagenknecht L, Mckean-Cowdin R, Gao XR, Nousome D, Conti DV, Feng Y, Allison MA, Arzumanyan Z, Buchanan TA, Ida Chen YD, Genter PM, Goodarzi MO, Hai Y, Hsueh W, Ipp E, Kandeel FR, Lam K, Li X, Nadler JL, Raffel LJ, Roll K, Sandow K, Tan J, Taylor KD, Xiang AH, Yao J, Audirac-Chalifour A, de Jesus Peralta Romero J, Hartwig F, Horta B, Blangero J, Curran JE, Duggirala R, Lehman DE, Puppala S, Fejerman L, John EM, Aguilar-Salinas C, Burtt NP, Florez JC, García-Ortíz H, González-Villalpando C, Mercader J, Orozco L, Tusié-Luna T, Blanco E, Gahagan S, Cox NJ, Hanis C, Butte NF, Cole SA, Comuzzie AG, Voruganti VS, Rohde R, Wang Y, Sofer T, Ziv E, Grant SFA, Ruiz-Linares A, Rotter JI, Haiman CA, Parra EJ, Cruz M, Loos RJF, North KE.

HGG Adv. 2022 Apr 14. 3(2):100099. PMID: 35399580

Genome-wide association study of body fat distribution traits in Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL.

Justice AE, Young K, Gogarten SM, Sofer T, Graff M, Love SAM, Wang Y, Klimentidis YC, Cruz M, Guo X, Hartwig F, Petty L, Yao J, Allison MA, Below JE, Buchanan TA, Chen YI, Goodarzi MO, Hanis C, Highland HM, Hsueh WA, Ipp E, Parra E, Palmas W, Raffel LJ, Rotter JI, Tan J, Taylor KD, Valladares A, Xiang AH, Sánchez-Johnsen L, Isasi CR, North KE.

Hum Mol Genet. 2021 11 01. 30(22):2190-2204. PMID: 34165540