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.

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Amelia Joslin Wins 2018 ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research

Amelia Joslin - American Sociaty of Human Genetics 2018 Award Recipient of the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research (view 2018 semifinalists and finalists)

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2018 Fellowship Awards

Three Human Genetics graduate students were awarded Fellowships in 2018. Olivia Gray (Di Rienzo Lab), Kevin Magnaye (Ober Lab) and Charles Washington III (Ober Lab) were awarded NIH F31 Fellowships. 

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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.

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Interpreting Polygenic Tests of Selection

John Novembre's publication in Genetics

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UCM-led studies ranked 1 and 2 in Clinical Research Forum's Top 10 for 2017

Herbert Pardes Award given to a team headed by Carole Ober

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A Map of Human History, Hidden in DNA

Article from Quanta Magazine

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Growing up on an Amish farm protects children from asthma

Research from the Ober lab

New York Times Article 1

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RNA splicing mutations play major role in genetic variation and disease

News from the Gilad Lab

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Kennewick Man proven to be Native American

News from the Novembre and Di Rienzo labs

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Genome-wide methylation study identifies an IL-13 induced epigenetic signature in asthmatic airways

News from the Ober lab

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Genetic Flip Helped Organisms go from One Cell to Many

News from the Thornton Lab

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New paper from the Di Rienzo lab on the Ainu and the ancient history of East Asian populations

Deep history of East Asian populations revealed through genetic analysis of the Ainu

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John Novembre Named MacArthur Fellow

MacArthur Fellows Profile

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