Welcome to the Department of Human Genetics
The Department of Human Genetics is the home within the Division of Biological Sciences for the study of basic principles of genetics and genomics as applied to human disease. We provide broad training in experimental genetics and genomics, statistical and population genetics, bioinformatics, and clinical genetics. A common theme throughout our research is the application of basic genetic principles and strategies to the study of disease mechanism, disease susceptibility, and the genetic architecture of complex traits. Our faculty bridge between basic and clinical research and train students for careers in academia, industry, and medicine.
The Department of Human Genetics has an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, free expression, and open discourse. These values are at the core of our roles as scientists, as teachers, and as citizens of a free society.
Science, including genetics, plays a central role in many crucial issues of our time. We are committed to generating rigorous scientific knowledge, training future scientists, and preparing our students to be well-informed citizens in a democratic society.
Latest News and Announcements
Congratulations John Blischak - 2018 Winner of Nan Xiao Prize for Computational Reproducibility
Thanks to a generous gift from Human Genetics Alum Nan Xiao, the Department of Human Genetics is pleased to announce the establishment of the "Nan Xiao prize for computational reproducibility".
Congratulations John Blischak - 2018 winner of the "Nan Xiao prize for computational reproducibility" for his leadership role in computational reproducibility in applications, and especially development of the R package workflow.
Amelia Joslin Wins 2018 ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research
2018 Fellowship Awards
Michelle Stein wins the Best Dissertation Award within the BSD
Michelle Stein won the Best Dissertation award within the BSD for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her thesis focused on studying the disparity in asthma rates between two US founder populations with similar genetic ancestries and lifestyles: the Hutterites of South Dakota and the Amish of Indiana.
Interpreting Polygenic Tests of Selection
UCM-led studies ranked 1 and 2 in Clinical Research Forum's Top 10 for 2017
Growing up on an Amish farm protects children from asthma
News from the Di Rienzo Lab