Tatiana Foroud, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Joe C. Christian Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Chancellor's Professor, IUPUI
Director, Division of Hereditary Genomics

  • B.S. 1987 - Fairfield University
  • M.S. 1989 - The University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. 1994 - Indiana University School of Medicine


The central focus of research in Dr. Foroud’s laboratory is the identification of genes contributing to disease. Research is currently focused on a variety of complex disorders including Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, intracranial aneurysms, alcohol dependence, and cancer. Ongoing studies explore the role of both common and rare variants in disease risk using genomewide SNP arrays as well as whole exome and whole genome sequencing approaches.

Dr. Foroud’s laboratory is also the home of multiple local and national biorepositories, which focus on uniform biospecimen handling and processing. Dr. Foroud manages the Indiana Biobank, the NIA-supported National Cell Repository for Alzheimer Disease, the NINDS-supported BioSEND Repository which houses Parkinson Disease, Huntington Disease and frontotemporal dementia biospecimens as well as multiple Michael J. Fox Foundation supported biorepositories.

Dr. Foroud also teaches two of the courses in the Hereditary Genomics Division: Q628: Fundamentals of Population Genetics and Q630: Population Genetics.




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