Human Genetics

The Department of Human Genetics is dedicated to basic scientific research in human genetics and genetic disease, as well as the training of the next generation of scientists and health care providers. 

Our faculty explore three broad areas of human genetics: molecular genetics, genetic disease, and statistical/population genetics. Within molecular genetics, research groups study DNA repair and recombination, genome instability, gene function and regulation, epigenetics, RNA modification and control, and genomic systems. Research in human genetic disease emphasizes the genetics of development, neurogenetics, stem cell biology, medical genetics, reproductive sciences, and the genetics of cancer. Evolutionary and population genetics research includes statistical tools for genetics, genetic epidemiology, and genetic mapping of complex traits and diseases. 

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Featured Publications 

Varshney A, VanRenterghem H, Orchard P, Boyle AP, Stitzel ML, Ucar D, Parker SCJ. Cell Specificity of Human Regulatory Annotations and Their Genetic Effects on Gene Expression. Genetics. 2019 Feb;211(2):549-562. doi: 10.1534/genetics.118.301525. Epub 2018 Dec 28. PubMed PMID: 30593493.  

Mortensen AH, Fang Q, Fleming MT, Jones TJ, Daly AZ, Johnson KR, Camper SA. Genetic variation in thyroid folliculogenesis influences susceptibility to hypothyroidism-induced hearing impairment. Mamm Genome. 2019 Feb;30(1-2):5-22. doi: 10.1007/s00335-019-09792-6. Epub 2019 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 30778664

Lenk GM, Berry IR, Stutterd CA, Blyth M, Green L, Vadlamani G, Warren D, Craven I, Fanjul-Fernandez M, Rodriguez-Casero V, Lockhart PJ, Vanderver A, Simons C, Gibb S, Sadedin S; Broad Center for Mendelian Genomics, White SM, Christodoulou J, Skibina O, Ruddle J, Tan TY, Leventer RJ, Livingston JH, Meisler MH. Cerebral hypomyelination associated with biallelic variants of FIG4. Hum Mutat. 2019 Feb 10. doi: 10.1002/humu.23720. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30740813

Kuo ME, Theil AF, Kievit A, Malicdan MC, Introne WJ, Christian T, Verheijen FW, Smith DEC, Mendes MI, Hussaarts-Odijk L, van der Meijden E, van Slegtenhorst M, Wilke M, Vermeulen W2, Raams A2, Groden C4, Shimada S4, R, Hou YM, Gahl WA, Antonellis A, Salomons GS, Mancini GMS. Cysteinyl-tRNA Synthetase Mutations Cause a Multi-System, Recessive Disease That Includes Microcephaly, Developmental Delay, and Brittle Hair and Nails. Am J Hum Genet. 2019 Mar 7;104(3):520-529. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2019.01.006. Epub 2019 Feb 26. PubMed PMID: 30824121 .