Adam Christian Naj, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Dr. Naj is a genetic epidemiologist whose research focuses primarily on Alzheimer’s Disease. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he published multiple genetic studies of neurodegeneration, including a first-author paper that was 2011's most cited Alzheimer’s study.
Since joining Penn in 2015, Dr. Naj has taken leadership roles in the data coordinating center and analysis core of the large, multi-center Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC); published multiple peer-reviewed papers in high-impact journals, including Nature Genetics and JAMA Neurology; and given numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Naj is active in the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP), a $25 million White House initiative jointly sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the National Human Genome Research Institute. In the ADSP, Dr. Naj is co-chair of the Quality Control and Case-Control Analysis Working Groups, where he has developed and implemented quality-control protocols on the largest whole-genome sequencing and whole-exome sequencing datasets produced to date. His progress reports are reviewed by National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and shared with the White House as part of the National Alzheimer’s Project.