Grace VanNoy

Grace VanNoy, M.S., C.G.C.

Grace VanNoy

Grace VanNoy is a senior clinical genomics specialist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard working under the direction of Melanie O’Leary. VanNoy is the clinical project manager for the Rare Genomes Project (RGP), a patient-driven research study that partners with families, advocates, and clinicians to improve the rate of rare disease diagnosis and increase patients’ access to genomic research. By leveraging genomic sequencing technologies and global data sharing, the RGP team is able to end diagnostic odysseys and discover new mechanisms of disease. VanNoy’s work with the RGP centers on the interface of rare disease patients and genomic research. Her research interests include identifying novel gene-disease associations and the impact of receiving a genetic diagnosis.   

Prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2018, VanNoy worked at Boston Children's Hospital with the Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research, where she managed clinical research projects related to pediatric rare disease, gene discovery, and novel applications of genomic sequencing. She is also a course educator at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, where she teaches about social, cultural, and ethical issues in genetics.

VanNoy has an M.S. degree in genetic counseling from the Boston University School of Medicine and a B.S. in biology from Bates College. She is an American Board of Genetic Counseling-certified genetic counselor licensed to practice in Massachusetts.
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November 2020