Rasika Ann Mathias, Sc.D.

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  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

Genetic epidemiology with emphasis on cardiovascular/asthma/lung disease and other chronic disease processes. ...read more


Dr. Mathias is Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 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. She has a specific interest in the genetics of complex diseases in populations of African ancestry and leads numerous efforts utilizing next generation sequencing as the new frontier in understanding genetic determinants of human health and disease. Her lab applies integrative approaches bringing together DNA sequencing, RNA sequencing, methylation, and proteomics. She plays a role on numerous consortia efforts dedicated to Precision Medicine Initiatives including the NHLBI TOPMed Program and PRIMED Consortium. Locally at Johns Hopkins, she is the PI for The Consortium on Asthma among African-ancestry Populations in the Americas (CAAPA) bringing together an expansive array of integrative omics to address the genetics of asthma in African ancestry populations. She directs the genomics initiatives for the GeneSTAR Program and the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and is the Sarah Miller Coulsen Family Human Aging Program Scholar.  Her focus is building programs that are focused on integrative genomics approaches to health and human disease with an emphasis on bridging gaps stemming from under-representation of minority populations in research thus far.  

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  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Sc.D.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2003)
  • B.S.; Stella Maris College (India) (1996)

Additional Training

  • National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 2008, Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, Inherited Disease Research Branch

Activities & Honors


  • Gold Medal, B.S. Zoology, 1996
  • Silver Medal, B.S. Zoology, 1997
  • General Proficiency Award: Excellence in academic and extra curricular fields, 1995
  • Academic Proficiency Award: Excellence in academics, 1997
  • Dr. Paul Award: Excellence in the field of genetics during the 1993 - 96 academic years, 1997
  • Outstanding Merit Award: for exemplifying excellence in the Division of Intramural Research science, National Human Genome Research Institute, 2005
  • Poster Award, National Human Genome Research Institute, 2007
  • Mosaic Award as part of the Diversity Initiative, Johns Hopkins University, 2009

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