Tamar Sofer
Secondary Faculty

Tamar Sofer

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics



Other Positions

Assistant Professor of Medicine

;Medicine-Beth Israel Deaconess

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


Evaluating the use of blood pressure polygenic risk scores across race/ethnic background groups.

Kurniansyah N, Goodman MO, Khan AT, Wang J, Feofanova E, Bis JC, Wiggins KL, Huffman JE, Kelly T, Elfassy T, Guo X, Palmas W, Lin HJ, Hwang SJ, Gao Y, Young K, Kinney GL, Smith JA, Yu B, Liu S, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Manson JE, Zhu X, Chen YI, Lee IT, Gu CC, Lloyd-Jones DM, Zöllner S, Fornage M, Kooperberg C, Correa A, Psaty BM, Arnett DK, Isasi CR, Rich SS, Kaplan RC, Redline S, Mitchell BD, Franceschini N, Levy D, Rotter JI, Morrison AC, Sofer T.

Nat Commun. 2023 06 02. 14(1):3202. PMID: 37268629