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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.

Carole Ober, Ph.D., Chair

 

Research Highlights »

Genomes of modern dogs and wolves provide new insights on domestication

Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 9,000 and 34,000 years...

 

Two mutations triggered an evolutionary leap 500 million years ago

Resurrecting ancient proteins in the lab, researchers discover just two mutations...

 

Childhood asthma tied to combination of genes and wheezing illness

About 90 percent of children with two copies of a common genetic variation and...

 

Humans and chimps share genetic strategy in battle against pathogens

A study led by Molly Przeworski, PhD, professor of human genetics and of ecology...