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Human Genetics

In the departmental listings, the following notations signify particular faculty appointments:

* Secondary appointment
+ Part-time
^ Faculty member with secondary appointment outside the School of Medicine
# Faculty member with primary appointment outside the School of Medicine

Stephen T. Warren, William Patterson Timmie Professor of Human Genetics, Chair of the Department


Madhuri Hegde, Judith L. Fridovich-Keil, Peng Jin, Hyder Jinnah*, Shi-Hua Li, Xiao-Jiang Li, Distinguished Professor, Glen Satten#, Stephanie L. Sherman, Stephen T. Warren, David Weinshenker

Associate Professors

R. Dwain Blackston, Tamara Caspary, Anthony W. S. Chan, Joseph F. Cubells, Andrew P. Escayg, Michael P. Epstein, Michael Gambello, Subra Kugathasan#, Cynthia Moore#, Sampath Prahalad*, Timothy D. Read*, Rani H. Singh, Jeannie Visootsak, Michael E Zwick

Assistant Professors

Emily Graves Allen, John Alexander, Lora J. H. Bean, Cecelia Bellcross, Bradford Coffee, Christin Collins, Karen N. Conneely, David J. Cutler, Kathryn Beauregard Garber, Karen Grinzaid, Patricia Hall, Miao He,  Lillie Huddleston, Neil E. Lamb#, Hong Li, Xuekun Li, Richard S. Olney#,  Mary K. Rudd, Jason Schroeder, Suma P. Shankar, J Daniel Sharer


Nadia Ali, Mika Kinoshita, Dawn Laney, Kenneth M. Loud, Tricia Page, Christine Stanislaw, Yilang Tang


Yujing Li

Clinical Senior Associate

Karlene B. Coleman+

Professors Emeritus

Sallie B. Freeman, Phillip P. Dembure

The department's primary objective is to advance our understanding of the human genome and its role in health and disease. With the completion of the nucleotide sequence of the human genome, the interaction of normal and mutant genes with each other and the environment becomes the next level of investigation. Molecular genetic analysis and bioinformatics play important roles in understanding the mechanism and susceptibility of individuals to disease. With this understanding will come improved methods for patient management, counseling, and therapy. This will be particularly true for common disorders, most of which have a significant genetic component. Effectively transmitting this information to the medical student, resident, and practicing physician so they can take full advantage of the power of genetics in their profession is the teaching mission of the department. The predictive nature of human genetics is a powerful tool for those individuals working in the healing art of medicine.

Elective Opportunities

There are special courses in areas such as molecular approaches to questions of structure, genomics, eukaryotic organelle genetics, genetic epidemiology, metabolic bases for inherited disease and population genetics.

  • IBS 592  Quantiaive Methods in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution- Waller/Conneely/Epstein
  • IBS 593  Molecular Evolution - Zwick/Cutler
  • IBS 714  Genomics and Human Genetics -  Warren
  • IBS 736  Genetic Epi - Sherman/Epstein
  • IBS 746  Human Genetics Fridovich-Keil
  • IBS 782  Medical Genetics Seminars-Warren
  • MD  535  Genetics and Evolution - Garber
  • Master of Medical Science- Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling: