Dr. Rasika Mathias, ScD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She maintains a joint appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a formally trained Genetic Epidemiologist with a particular emphasis on the genetics of quantitative traits underlying disease phenotypes in the context of family-based designs and health disparities. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Zoology at Stella Maris College in India and her ScM and ScD in Genetic Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Mathias underwent her postdoctoral training at the National Human Genome Statistical Geneticist with an emphasis on quantitative trait genetics in the family based design and was recruited as an Assistant Professor of Medicine to The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2009. Dr. Mathias is currently building a program on Next Generation Sequencing approaches to dissecting the genetics of complex diseases with an emphasis on populations of African ancestry focusing on three specific areas of research all tied together by the comment thread of sequencing as a tool to investigate genetic determinants of traits that underlie complex disease in the context of health disparities described under her Current Research.