Vivian Ota Wang, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Office of Data Sharing


Dr. Vivian Ota Wang serves as the deputy director of the Office of Data Sharing at CBIIT. In this role, Dr. Ota Wang applies her expertise in data sharing, racial identity, ethics, and community engagement to data access and sharing. Dr. Ota Wang was previously involved with the National Human Genome Research Institute, NCI, and trans-NIH data sharing policy development, implementation, management, and oversight activities. She is focused on increasing efficiency and consistency of data access and sharing processes within NCI, dbGaP, and other NIH data repositories; ethical, legal, and social issues; and health disparities, advocacy, and outreach related to data sharing. Prior to joining NIH, she held tenure-track faculty positions at Rutgers, Arizona State, and Vanderbilt Universities where her research program focused on racial identity issues related to research ethics and research participant protections, program development and evaluation; and community and public engagement in psychology, genomics, and public health. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, a master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Colorado, and a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. She is a fellow of the American Medical Association (American College of Medical Genetics) and the American Psychological Association (Divisions 17 & 45), a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics and American Board of Genetic Counseling, a clinical laboratory specialist in cytogenetics, and a licensed psychologist.  



  • Paltoo, D., Rodriguez, L.L., Feolo, M., Gillanders, E., Ramos, E., Rutter, J., Sherry, S., Ota Wang, V.,  Bailey, A., Baker, R., Caulder, M., Harris, E., Langlais, K., Leeds, HJ., Luetkeimeir, E., Paine, T., Roomian, T., Tryka, K., Patterson, A., and Green, E. on behalf  of the National Institute of Health Genomic Data Sharing Governance Committees. Data use under the NIH GWAS data sharing policy and future directions. Nature Genetics, 46(9) (2014): 394-938. 
  • Ota Wang, V. Racial-cultural issues in psychology. In International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences  Section - counseling and psychotherapy: Ethnic and cultural differences. Oxford, England: Elsevier Sciences Limited, X, (2015): 63-68.
  • Chang, Z. & V. Ota Wang, V. (2013). Lamarck was right: Nurturing nature and naturing nurture. In F. E. Leong (Ed.), The handbook of race and ethnic minority psychology (pp. 313-337). American Psychological Association: Washington D.C.
  • The International HapMap3 Consortium. Integrating rare and common genetic variation in a diverse set of diverse human populations. Nature, 467 (2010): 51-58. 
  • Rotimi, C., Leppert, M., Matsuda, I., Zeng, C., Zhang, H., Adebamowo, C., Ajay, I., Aniagwu, T., Dixon, M., Fukushima Y., Macer, D., Marshal, P., Nkwodimmah, C., Peiffer, A, Royal, C., Suda, E., Zhao, H., Ota Wang, V., McEwen, J., & The International HapMap Consortium. Community engagement and informed consent in the International HapMap Project. Community Genetics, 10(3) (2007):186-98.
  • Illes, J., Kirschen, M. P., Edwards, E., Stanford, L. R., Bandettini, P., Cho., M. K., Ford, P. J., Glover, G. H, Kulynych, J., Macklin, R., Michael, D. B., Wolf, S. M. The Working Group on Incidental Findings in Brain Imaging Research. Incidental findings in brain imaging research. Science, 311 (2006): 783-784.