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.

Current Research in the Department of Human Genetics


Research Highlights »

Elephantid genomes reveal the molecular bases of Woolly Mammoth adaptations to the arctic

Genes with mammoth-specific changes are associated with adaptation to extreme...


GTEx findings reveal new insights into how DNA differences influence gene activity, disease susceptibility



Ancient “genomic parasites” spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals

The evolution of biological structures and functions from existing ones, for...


Rare mutations do not explain “missing heritability” in asthma

Despite a strong suspected link between genetics and asthma, commonly found...


Risk Genes Identified in Autism by Examining Inheritance and De Novo Mutations Simultaneously

Risk genes identified in autism by examining Transmission and De Novo Association...


Scientists studying a ‘fat gene’ have been looking in the wrong place

A potential genetic contributor to obesity has been identified. Nature