Sumitra Muralidhar, PhD

Director, Million Veteran Program (MVP)
Director, VA-DOE Joint Research Program
VHA Office of Research and Development (14RD)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Sumitra Muralidhar is the Program Director for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Million Veteran Program (MVP) in the Office of Research and Development (ORD). In this role, she oversees the policy and infrastructure development for the collection and use of biospecimens and genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure data from over one million Veterans for one of the world’s largest research programs on genes and health . She also serves as the Director for the VA-Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Research Program, which leverages VA and MVP data and DOE’s high performance computing and expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning to advance precision healthcare for the nation’s Veterans. She served as VA’s liaison to the White House Precision Medicine Initiative under President Obama. She also served as the designated federal officer for VA’s Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee, which advised the VA Secretary on implementing genomic medicine within the Veterans Health Administration. She previously served as Health and Science Advisor to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC). She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, USA.