Dr. Rex L Chisholm

Vice Dean Scientific Affairs and Graduate Education, Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology, Center for Genetic Medicine and Surgery


A primary goal of my work is to establish the approaches and benefits of genomics informed personalized medicine. A key element of this is participation in the eMERGE consortium (, where I serve as the steering committee chair. This project uses Electronic Health Records linked biobank samples ( to study the genetics of disease susceptibility, therapeutic outcomes and pharmacogenomics. My group is also interested in genome informatics, particularly genome annotation and visualization technology.

Professional Education
PhD: University of Michigan, Microbiology (1980)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984)

Affiliated Centers
Center for Community Health – Institute for Public Health and Medicine
Center for Genetic Medicine
Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute
Interdepartmental Immunobiology Center
Northwestern University Institute of Neuroscience (NUIN)
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Other Members