Sowmiya graduated from the University of Sussex with a BSc
in Biochemistry with Neurobiology and went on to obtain a PhD in Biological
Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Before joining PHG Foundation she
worked in Kyoto and completed an internship at the UN University Institute of
Advanced Studies in Yokohama as part of the Biodiplomacy Initiative. Her
interest in evidence-based policy led her to complete a Masters in Epidemiology
at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine during her time at PHG
As a trained researcher Sowmiya provides scientific and epidemiological input to a number of projects at PHG Foundation. She has expertise in a number of policy areas including whole genome sequencing, congenital disorders, newborn screening and prenatal diagnosis.
She currently leads the Foundation’s work as part of B-CAST an EU Horizon 2020 project, carrying out research and analysis to examine the capacity development for personalised breast cancer prevention. She is also part of an international Congenital Disorders Expert group, aiming to make available epidemiological data on the burden of disease due to congenital disorders.