Department News

April 2017

march for science photos available here

March 2016

Brendan MacLean has been awarded the Gilbert S. Omenn Computational Proteomics Award.

Matthew Snyder has been selected as a recipient of the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for outstanding achievement in graduate studies by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

February 2016

Dr. Mary-Claire King to receive National Medal of Science
NSF | UW Health Sciences

Drs. Kate Cook and Adrian Verster have been awarded NSERC postdoctoral fellowships.

The UW SACNAS chapter has received the UW School of Medicine 2016 Martin Luther King Community Service Award.

January 2016

Dr. Mary-Claire King has been awarded the Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research by the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

October 2015

The UW SACNAS chapter has received the Outstanding Chapter of the Year award at the 2015 SACNAS conference.

William Edelman has received the award for best Oral Graduate Presentation in Developmental Biology/Cancer Biology at the 2015 SACNAS conference.

Researchers awarded $12 million to study the human genome in 4-D
HS NewsBeat

September 2015

Reuters has named the University of Washington the world's most innovative public university.

Dr. Cole Trapnell has received a New Innovator Award from the NIH.

The Big Data for Genomics and Neuroscience Training Grant has been funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Jarrett Egertson and Matthew Snyder have received the Parker Travel Award for best poster at the Genome Sciences department retreat.

June 2015

Monica Sanchez has been awarded a Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology.

Dr. Mary-Claire King has been awarded the Prix Galien 2015 Pro Bono Humanum Award.

Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences to be led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos

May 2015

Dr. Jesse Bloom has received a Burroughs Wellcome Young Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases award.

Dr. Jay Shendure has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

Dr. Stan Fields has been named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Michael MacCoss has been awarded the Biemann Medal by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

April 2015

Introducing the Genome Sciences incoming class of 2015:

Jolie Carlisle,  UC Berkeley
Khrystyna Dilai, Clarkson University
Sarah Hilton, George Washington University
Ken Jean-Baptiste, Princeton University
Juhye Lee, UW Medical Scientist Training Program / Rice University
Seungbeen Steven Lee, University of Washington
Andy Lin, University of Michigan
Eliah Overbey, UC San Diego
Jonathan Packer, Columbia University

Dr. Wenqing Fu has been awarded a K99 Career Transition Award from NHGRI.

Katherine Xue has been awarded a Hertz Fellowship.

Matt Rich has been awarded a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship.

Damon May has been awarded a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Melissa Chiasson, Claudia Espinoza, Andrew Hill, and Hannah Pliner have been awarded NSF fellowships. Tim Durham, Serena Liu, Damon May, Cecilia Noecker, Vijay Ramani, Amanda Watts, and Aaron Wolf received honorable mention.

Stephanie Battle has been awarded a Ford Foundation fellowship. William Edelman has received honorable mention.

March 2015

Ivan Liachko has won the genomics poster award at the Fungal Genetics conference of the Genetics Society of America.

Dr. Sandra Zimmerman has been awarded third place for posters at the Genetics Society of America 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference.

February 2015

Dr. Cole Trapnell has been awarded a Sloan Fellowship.

Benjamin Vernot has been selected as a recipient of the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for outstanding achievement in graduate studies by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

January 2015

Dr. Ron Hause has received a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation fellowship.

Dr. Ivan Liachko has received a DeLill Nasser Award from the Genetics Society of America.

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Matt Maurano has been selected as a winner of the 2014 Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research at the 64th annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics.

The UW SACNAS chapter has received the 2014 Graduate Chapter of the Year award.

September 2014

Noted geneticist once was turned away from U.S. shores
Dr. Arno Motulsky fled Nazi Germany and became a global leader in medical genetics
UW Health Sciences News Beat

Dr. Stan Fields (senior editor) and Dr. Jay Shendure (associate editor) have been appointed to the editorial board of Genetics.

Dr. Stan Fields has been elected Vice President / President Elect of the Genetics Society of America.

Dr. Douglas Fowler has received a 2014 Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator award.

Dr. Mary-Claire King has been awarded the Lasker~Koshland
Special Achievement Award in Medical Science.

NY Times | Forbes | UW Today

July 2014

The Department of Genome Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Cole Trapnell as its newest Assistant Professor. Dr. Trapnell studies stem cells and differentiation, primarily using high throughput transcriptome sequencing.  He comes to UW from a postdoc at John Rinn’s lab at Harvard and before that, earning his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park working with both Steven Salzberg and Lior Pachter.

Grad Joe Sanchez has been awarded first place for his poster "The human Meier-Gorlin Syndrome mutation in ORC4 reduces replication initiation and rDNA copy number in Saccharomyces cerevisiae", at the Yeast Genetics Meeting of the Genetics Society of America. Drs. Judit Villen, Lea Starita, and Celia Payen, along with grad Jenny Andrie, gave talks during the plenary session.

Andrew Adey has received the 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Washington.

Dr. Jay Shendure has been awarded the 2014 HudsonAlpha Life Sciences Prize.

June 2014

GS grad Keolu Fox gave a talk, "Indigenomics: Next Generation Blood Typing", at the symposium: "A Spectrum of Perspectives: Native Peoples and Genetic Research", cosponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, NHGRI's Smithsonian exhibit "Genome: Unlocking life's code", and the National Congress of American Indians.

GS grad Michael Duyzend has been awarded an F30 predoctoral fellowship from NIMH.

May 2014

Lessons From the Woman Who Discovered the BRCA Cancer Gene
Dr. Mary-Claire King's interview with Time magazine

Dr. Jay Shendure's interview with Cell magazine is available via their 40 under 40 list.

Dr. Mary-Claire King will be the commencement speaker at, and receive an honorary degree from, the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Benjamin Hall has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

The University of Washington has been ranked #3 in Genetics / Genomics / Bioinformatics graduate programs by US News and World Report.

April 2014

Introducing the incoming graduate class of 2014:

Clara Amorosi, Harvey Mudd College
Max Dougherty, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Claudia Espinoza, University of New Mexico
Greg Findlay, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Molly Gasperini, University of Washington
Andrew Hill, University of Washington
Emily Killingbeck, University of California, Berkeley
Jason Klein, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
John Lazar, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Serena Liu, Dartmouth College
Heather Machkovech, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Damon May, Yale University, University of Washington
Lindsay Pino, Penn State University
Hannah Pliner, Georgetown University
Brian Searle, Reed College
Aaron Wolf, Oberlin College
Katherine Xue, Harvard University

Dr. Judit Villen has been awarded the Robert J. Cotter New Investigator Award from the US Human Proteome Organization.

Grads Ethan Ahler (Fowler Lab), Michael Dorrity (Queitsch Lab), and Seungsoo Kim (rotation) have been awarded NSF fellowships as have incoming grads Molly Gasperini and Katherine Xue. Anne Clark, Tim Durham, Kelsey Lynch, and Cecilia Noecker received honorable mention.

February 2014

Postdoctoral fellow Barbara Taskinen (Fowler Lab) has been awarded a two year fellowship from the Finnish Culture Foundation. She will be working on applying high-throughput sequencing to experimental protein evolution.

GS grad Benjamin Vernot has been awarded the Walter Fitch prize from the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution.

Andrew Stergachis and Andrew Adey have received the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award for outstanding achievement in graduate studies.

GS grad Adam Gordon is a featured investigator on the Pharmacogenomics Research Network website.

December 2013

GS grad Keolu Fox has been awarded an F31 predoctoral fellowship from NHLBI.

October 2013

MacCoss Lab members Dr. Michael MacCoss and Brendan MacLean have been listed among the top 100 most influential analytical scientists by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

Andrew Stergachis has received the Epstein Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research for predoctoral trainees at the 2013 American Society for Human Genetics conference.

Dr. Jay Shendure has received a Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health and has been awarded the annual prize of the Dutch federation of Biomedical Scientific Societies.

The UW SACNAS chapter has received the SACNAS 2013 Distinguished Chapter award.

September 2013

Dr. Joseph Felsenstein has been awarded the 2013 International Prize for Biology by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Brad Coe and Tzitziki Lemus Vergara have received the Parker Travel Award for best posters at the 2013 department retreat. Ariel Altaras received honorable mention.

Anna Sunshine has been named graduate representative to the Genetics Society of America committee on Women in Genetics.

Jeff Vierstra and Andrew Stergachis have been named Finalists for the Epstein Award of the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG).  18 finalists were selected from over 600 applications nationwide.  Award winners will be selected at the October ASHG meeting in Boston.

July 2013

Dr. Maureen Munn, director of Genome Sciences Education Outreach, and colleagues in the UW Institute for Science and Math were awarded the July 2013 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. GS faculty Josh Akey, Debbie Nickerson, and Gail Jarvik were co-PIs on the science education projects that were featured in the Science article.
Science | AAAS news | Seattle Times | NSF

Photos from the Dr. Stan Gartler & Dr. Arno Motulsky 90th birthday celebration are now available.

Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos has been awarded the 2013-14 Litchfield Lectureship of Oxford University.  He will spend a week in residence at Oxford during the academic year, and will deliver the University-wide Litchfield Lecture.

Shreeram Akilesh, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Stamatoyannopoulos lab and Instructor of Pathology, is a recipient of a 2013 Damon Runyon Fellowship, one of only two given nationwide for physician-scientists.

May 2013

GS grads Rachel Gittelman (Akey Lab), Vanessa Gray (Fowler Lab), and Alex Mason (Queitsch Lab) have been awarded NSF fellowships. Elyse Hope, Rob Lawrence, and Max Libbrecht received honorable mention.

GS grad Daniel Kim has been awarded an F31 predoctoral fellowship from NIMH.

Dr. Megan Dennis has been awarded a K99 postdoctoral fellowship from NINDS.

Dr. Harmit Malik has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

The Genome Sciences IT team has received the UW Distinguished Staff Award for a Team.

April 2013

GS grad Katrina Claw (Swanson Lab) has been awarded a Bonderman Travel Fellowship.

Introducing the incoming graduate class of 2013:

Melissa Chiasson, Yale University
Anne Clark, Harvey Mudd College
Mike Doud, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Tim Durham, Williams College
Alexander Eng, Harvey Mudd College
Seungsoo Kim, Harvard University
Colin McNally, Princeton University
Cecilia Noecker, St Olaf College
Vijay Ramani, Princeton University

GS postdoc Celia Payen (Dunham Lab) has been awarded Honorable Mention for the Postdoctoral Mentoring Award given by the UW Graduate School.

MCB grad Nate Peters (Berg Lab) has been awarded second place in the graduate division, Cell and Molecular Biology, of the 2013 Student Research Showcase organized by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He was also awarded first place in the 2013 Northwest Developmental Biology poster competition.

March 2013

Dr. Mary-Claire King has been awarded the 2013 Paul Ehrlich Prize.

January 2013

Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Autism Risk
Research from the Eichler and Shendure Labs makes USA Today's list of top ten discoveries in 2012

Prenatal genome deciphered from parents’ lab tests
Shendure Lab research makes CNN list of top ten discoveries in 2012

November 2012

Dr. Breck Byers and Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
UW Today

October 2012

Brian O'Roak and Matthew Snyder have received the Epstein Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research for postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees at the 2012 American Society for Human Genetics conference.

The UW SACNAS chapter has been named 2012 Chapter of the Year.

GS grad Katrina Claw has won the Best Graduate Student Presentation in Genetics and GS grad Keolu Fox has won the Best Graduate Student Presentation in Genetics/Health at the 2012 SACNAS conference.

Department Halloween costume pics are available here.

September 2012

Dr. Elhanan Borenstein has been awarded a 2012 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health.
UW Today

Dr. Douglas Fowler has joined the Genome Sciences faculty. He is interested in how protein variation impacts function, and in understanding what the consequences of mutation can tell us about protein properties like three-dimensional structure and thermodynamic stability.

Lea Starita and Andrew Stergachis have received the Parker Travel Award for best poster at the 2012 department retreat.

August 2012

MCB graduate student and Dunham Lab member Monica Sanchez has been awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship.

GS graduate student and Stamatoyannopoulos Lab member Matt Maurano has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral PhD Fellows (F31) from NIMH.

July 2012

Dr. Jay Shendure has received the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics.

MCB graduate student and Berg Lab member Nate Peters has won second place in the best student poster competition at the 2012 Society for Developmental Biology meeting in Montreal.

June 2012

Chromosome painting: Discovering beauty in DNA

May 2012

Questions and answers from the Future of Genome Sciences panel discussion are now available.

Dr. Evan Eichler has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. William Foege has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

April 2012

GS grads Jennifer McCreight (Swanson Lab), Jorgen Nelson (first year), Alexander Nuttle (Eichler Lab), and Jeff Staples (Nickerson Lab) have been awarded NSF fellowships. GS grads Stephanie Battle and Alex Mason received honorable mention.

Introducing the incoming graduate class of 2012:

Julia Behnen, Scripps College
Daniel Chee, University of New Mexico
Vanessa Gray, Arizona State University
Alex Hu, University of Texas
Daniel Kim, University of Michigan
Aaron McKenna, Broad Institute, Boston University
Han-Yin Yang, National Yang-Ming University

March 2012

MCB grad and Berg Lab member Nate Peters has won the Grand Prize at the 2012 Northwest Developmental Biology meeting for best talk by a graduate student.

Genome Sciences / MSTP grad and Stamatoyannopoulos Lab member Andrew Stergachis has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30) from NIDDK.

Genome Sciences / MSTP grad and Dunham Lab member Anna Brosius has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows (F30) from NCI.

GS grad Sarah Ng and former GS grad Jeff Kidd featured in Forbes Magazine's "30 under 30" science and innovation list.

December 2011



UW funded to realize medical applications of genome sequencing

UW Today

November 2011

Award-winning organization inspires underrepresented students to explore sciences
UW Today 11/22/11

October 2011

Dr. Christine Queitsch has been awarded a 2011 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health.

The UW SACNAS chapter was selected as Chapter of the Year at the 2011 SACNAS conference.

GS grad Keolu Fox won the award for best oral presentation in genetics by a graduate student at the 2011 SACNAS conference.

Genome Sciences 10th Anniversary Symposium
symposium website

September 2011

Dr. Megan Dennis has been awarded the 2011 American Society of Human Genetics postdoctoral basic award for her work on SRGAP2 and human evolution.

Dr. Michael Hoffman has received a K99 funding award from the NIH

GS grad Leslie Emery has received the C.W. Cotterman Award from the American Society of Human Genetics for for the best paper published in the Journal by a graduate student or postdoctoral trainee.

August 2011

Dr. Jay Shendure has been awarded funding for the development of revolutionary DNA sequencing technologies.
UW Today | NHGRI

GS grad Peter Sudmant has been awarded a HHMI international student fellowship

Dr. Barbara Trask among those honored as "Women of Inspiration"

July 2011

Dr. Judit Villen has received the 2011 Research Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

GS grad Sara Di Rienzi is conducting research in Japan this summer on the microbiome of termites. Follow her experiences on her blog, "Eating for a Quadrillion".
GS grad Keolu Fox has received a Ford Foundation predoctoral fellowship honorable mention ranking.

May 2011

Researchers Find De Novo Autism Mutations Using Exome Sequencing
Nature | GenomeWeb | UW Today | HHMI

Dr. Daniel Gottschling has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Elhanan Borenstein has been selected as a 2011 Sloan Research Fellow and has been appointed as an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute.
GS grad Blake Hovde is co-author on paper in Nature, "A synthetic homing endonuclease-based gene drive system in the human malaria mosquito"
Tom Pohl has been awarded a 2011 DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development from the Genetics Society of America.

April 2011

Introducing the 2011 incoming class:

Stephanie Battle, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Michael Duyzend, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Rachel Gittelman, University of Pennsylvania
Elyse Hope, Stanford University
Alex Mason, University of New Mexico
Jorgen Nelson, Rice University
Matthew Snyder, University of Michigan
Sonia Ting, National Yang-Ming University

Congratulations to Genome Sciences and affiliated MCB students awarded 2011 NSF Fellowships:
Andrew Adey, Shendure Lab
William Edelman, first year rotation student
Caitlin Gamble, Fields Lab
Roie Levy, Borenstein Lab
Alessandra Sullivan, Queitsch Lab
Jeff Vierstra, Stamatoyannopoulos Lab
Jennifer Wagner, first year rotation student

Honorable Mention:

Caitlin Connelly
Adam Gordon
Aaron Miller
Alexander Nuttle

March 2011

Genome Sciences graduate students Katrina Claw and Jacob Kitzman have been selected to attend the 2011 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

December 2010

Drs. Maitreya Dunham and Michael Hoffman are featured in the Genome Technology "Fifth Annual Young Investigators" cover article.

November 2010

Dr. Mary-Claire King has been awarded the Double Helix medal from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Greengard Prize from Rockefeller University.

October 2010

Dr. Mary-Claire King has been named President-Elect of the American Society of Human Genetics.

September 2010

Dr. Alejandro Wolf-Yadlin has joined Genome Sciences as our newest faculty member.

May 2010

April 2010

Dr. Mary-Claire King has received the 2010 Trinity College Dublin Dawson Prize in Genetics.
Drs. Benjamin Hall and Daniel Gottschling have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Introducing the 2010 incoming class:

Joshua Burton - Princeton University
William Edelman - University of New Mexico
Keolu Fox - University of Maryland
Tanya Grancharova - Loyola University of Chicago
Nik Krumm - UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Akash Kumar - UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Jennifer McCreight - Purdue University
Alexander Nuttle - Duke University
Max Press - Reed College
Matt Rich - Princeton University
Jeff Staples - Brigham Young University
Benjamin Vernot - Carnegie-Mellon University
Jennifer Wagner - University of Wisconsin

MCB graduate students Jennifer Lachowiec (Queitsch Lab) and Nate Peters (Berg Lab) have been awarded National Science Foundation fellowships.
J. Lachowiec N. Peters

Genome Sciences Symposium

Tuesday, April 6
Genome Sciences Panel Discussion
"New Discoveries in Medicine: Implications for the Cost and Quality of American Healthcare."

Wednesday, April 7
Genome Sciences Symposium
"New Technologies for Early Detection and Diagnosis of Disease."

March 2010

January 2010

Akey Lab research: Dog Genes Code Dachshund’s Stumpy Legs, Shar-Pei’s Wrinkly Skin
MSNBC | Bloomberg News | BBC Radio
November 2009
October 2009
Genome Sciences to explore genetic origins of common heart, lung, and blood diseases in federal project
UW News | NHLBI press release
August 2009
Faster, cheaper way to find disease genes in the human genome passes initial test
NIH press release | UW news
July 2009
Dr. Maitreya Dunham has been awarded the 2009 Marian E. Smith Junior Faculty Research Award from the UW School of Medicine.
June 2009
GS welcomes three new faculty members:
 
The Genome Training Grant sponsors the 5th annual GTG Symposium, "Beyond the Bench: Genomics and Society"
May 2009
April 2009
The department presents the 8th Annual Symposium, "Genes and Behavior".

Introducing the Genome Sciences 2009 incoming class:

Anna Brosius, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Caitlin Connelly, University of Washington
Rachel Diederich, University of Chicago
Adam Gordon, University of Chicago
Sharon Greenblum, Northwestern University
Joe Hiatt, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Blake Hovde, Pacific Lutheran University
Tzitziki Lemus-Vergara, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Aaron Miller, University of California, Santa Cruz
Alessandra Oddone, Wellesley College
Rose Okamoto, University of Washington
Andrew Stergachis, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Jeff Vierstra, University of Wisconsin

Chad Weisbrod, transfer from Washington State University

March 2009
February 2009
December 2008
Dr. James Bruce has joined Genome Sciences as our newest faculty member. Dr. Bruce's research interests include proteomics, mass spectrometry and advanced technology development, mapping protein interactions and topologies in biological systems and chemical biology.
October 2008
September 2008
Tomas Marques and Tom Nicholas have won the Parker Travel Award for best poster at the 2008 department retreat.
June 2008
Dr. Joseph Felsenstein has been awarded the Darwin-Wallace Medal by The Council of The Linnean Society of London.
May 2008
The Genome Training Grant sponsors the 4th Annual Genome Training Grant Symposium, "Genomics of Speciation"
Eight new human genome projects offer large-scale picture of genetic differences among individuals and find previously unknown human DNA
(link to UW News article)
Dr. Elizabeth Thompson elected to National Academy of Sciences
(link to University Week article)
Dr. Phil Green receives honorary degree from the University of North Carolina
April 2008
"A Genetics Pioneer Sees a Bright Future, Cautiously"
NY Times interview with Dr. Arno Motulsky
Dr. Gail Jarvik to head new Northwest Institute for Genetic Medicine
(link to UW News)
Dr. Peter Byers receives March of Dimes lifetime achievement award
(link to University Week article)

The 2008 incoming class is selected:

Keisha Carlson, Brown University
Katrina Claw, Arizona State University
Jarrett Egertson, UCLA
Leslie Emery, Alfred University
Jacob Kitzman, MIT
Matt Maurano, UC Berkeley
Melody Rynerson, Lewis & Clark College
Sean Schneider, University of Washington
Peter Sudmant, University of Waterloo

Ben Whiddon, UW Medical Scientist Training Program

The department presents the 7th annual Genome Sciences Symposium: The Personal Genome: Implications for Medicine, and an accompanying community panel discussion, The Personal Genome: Consequences for Society

March 2008
UW Study Finds Surprising Genetic Causes of Schizophrenia
(link to Seattle Post-Intelligencer article)
February 2008
Do you know what you're breathing at 30,000 feet?
The Furlong Lab makes an important discovery that may identify a mystery illness that strikes passengers and crew on commercial airliners.
(link to KING 5 website)
January 2008
Study Links Autism and Genetic Mutations
(link to University Week article)
October 2007

Dr. Phil Green has been selected as 2007 UW Medicine Inventor of the Year

 

Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos and other UW researchers play major role in next phase of Human Genome Project
September 2007
Dr. Marshall Horwitz receives NIH Pioneer Award
The 2007 Department Retreat featured keynote speaker Dr. Roy Vagelos. Parker Travel Award winners for best poster were Sara Di Rienzi and Geoff Findlay.
August 2007
Eukaryotes - Small to Large: Genome Evolution, Cell Biology & Molecular Medicine", a symposium honoring Dr. Benjamin Hall, was held August 23 & 24
Symposium Schedule
Symposium Poster
July 2007

The department presents the "Wednesday Evenings at the Genome" public lecture series

 

Dr. Maynard Olson has been awarded the Gruber Prize in genetics
June 2007

UW researchers play leading role in major study of human genome function
(link to UW News article)

The Genome Training Grant sponsors the Third Annual Genome Training Grant Symposium, "Evolution of the Mitochondrial Genome".

 

May 2007

UW Dept of Genome Sciences & Dept of Microbiology top their fields in new rankings by Academic Analytics

UW ranked in top ten in Genetics / Genomics / Bioinformatics graduate programs by US News & World Report.

April 2007

Genome Sciences welcomes three new faculty members:

Dr. Maitreya Dunhamcomes to Genome Sciences from Princeton University, where she is currently a Lewis-Sigler Fellow. Her lab studies genome evolution and genetic networks in yeasts using experimental evolution and genomic tools.

 

Dr. Christine Queitsch comes to Genome Sciences from the FAS Center of Systems Biology at Harvard University where she completed a Bauer Fellowship. Her research seeks to characterize molecular mechanisms that govern phenotypic robustness and that can rapidly generate selectable phenotypic variation in a multicellular organism.
Dr. Jay Shendure comes to Genome Sciences from Harvard Medical School where he completed his PhD and will soon complete his MD. His research interests include the development of new technologies for DNA sequencing and their application to study genomic variation in humans.
The Department presents the 6th Annual Genome Sciences Symposium: "Pests, Plagues and Plants: Genomics and Global Health"

UW scientists advance macaque genome research

(link to University Week article)

The 2007 incoming class is selected:

Renee George, University of Washington
Sayer Herin, University of Chicago
Andy Itsara, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Ray Malfavon-Borja, California State University, San Marcos
Sarah Ng, University of Wisconsin
Alex Nord, Carleton College
Rupali Patwardhan, Indiana University
Caitlin Rippey, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Daniel Skelly, University of Wisconsin
Cailyn Spurrell, University of California, Berkeley

GS graduate student Zhaoshi Jiang has been awarded a 2006 China National Award for Outstanding Overseas Students. His research in the Eichler Lab is focused on understanding the evolution of human segmental duplications.

The National Award for Outstanding Overseas Students has been awarded by the Chinese Government since 2003. There were 75 award winners among all Chinese students in United States, including 3 from the UW.
(link to University Week article)

Dr. David R. Stadler (1925 - 2007), Professor of Genome Sciences
March 2007
Dr. Gail Jarvik has been appointed the new head of the UW Department of Medicine's Division of Medical Genetics
(link to University Week article)
November 2006
Dr. Mary-Claire King is awarded the American Cancer Society's highest honor, the Medal of Honor. The society gives the award annually to five Americans who have made outstanding contributions to fighting cancer.
October 2006
Dr. Andrew Sharp of the Eichler Lab is awarded the 2006 Postdoctoral Basic Research Award from the American Society of Human Genetics.
September 2006
The 2006 Department Retreat features keynote speaker Dr. William Foege. Parker Travel Award winners for best poster are Allyson McCormick and Dr. Marissa Vignalli.
June 2006
The Genome Training Grant sponsors the Second Annual Genome Training Grant Symposium, "The Genomic Basis of Evolution: Speciation, Disease Resistance & Neurodevelopment".
May 2006
The department presents the Fifth Annual Genome Sciences Symposium: "Insights From Model Organisms"
April 2006
Dr. David Baker is elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Mary-Claire King is awarded the 2006 A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine.

The 2006 Incoming Class is selected:

Lisa Beutler, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Daniel Blick, University of Texas
Nick Coley, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
Sara Di Rienzi, Bryn Mawr College
Ryan Emerson, University of Washington
Chris Murphy, Washington University
Kevin Roach, University of Washington
Alan Rubin, Pacific University
Oliver Serang, North Carolina State University
Kyle Siebenthall, Cornell University

March 2006
The William H. Foege Building dedication, featuring remarks by William Foege, Bill Gates, and former president Jimmy Carter took place on March 8, at 3:00 p.m.
December 2005
A good time is had by all at the Genome Sciences holiday party. Follow this link for photos.
November 2005
Dr. Joseph Felsenstein is awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh.
September 2005
Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos joins the department.
August 2005
Dr. Ephrat Levy Lahad, Associate Professor of Genetics and Medicine at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is on sabbatical in the King lab this fall and winter.  Ephrat was a Fellow in Medical Genetics at UW between 1992-1996, during which she cloned the Alzheimer's disease gene presenilin 2 (Levy Lahad et al Science 269: 973-977, 1995).  Ephrat continues her work with Alzheimer's disease, as well as investigations of the genetics of BRCA1 and BRCA2, and the development of pre-implantation diagnosis for inherited disease.

June 2005

Dr. Robert Waterston, chair of the Department of Genome Sciences and the William Gates III Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded the 2005 Genetics Prize of the Gruber Foundation, to be presented in October at the meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Salt Lake City . Dr. Waterston was selected for his many accomplishments, including his pivotal role in the Human Genome Project. 

Research by Dr. Mark Rieder and the Nickerson Lab suggesting patients may respond to a widely prescribed anti-blood clotting drug differently because of newly identified genetic variations is featured in the New York Times.

May 2005

Dr. Mary-Claire Kingis elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Dr. King is the American Cancer Society Research Professor in the departments of Medicine and Genome Sciences. Her research interests include breast and ovarian cancer, inherited deafness, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

The Department presents the Fourth Annual Genome Sciences Symposium, "Comparative Genomic Analysis".

April 2005

Dr. Evan Eichler is selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Dr. Eichler, a pioneer in the study of rapidly evolving portions of the genome, continues to study the organization, origin, and impact of recent segmental duplications within mammalian genomes. His selection brings the total number of HHMI investigators at the UW to 13, including Genome Sciences affiliated faculty members David Baker, Stan Fields, Phil Green, and Richard Palmiter.

The HHMI is the nation's largest private source of support for biomedical research and science education, with an annual research budget of approximately $400 million. The institute periodically selects new members from among the nation’s top researchers in the ascending phase of their careers.

The Genome Training Grant sponsors the first GTG Symposium:  Genome Evolution.

 

The 2005 Incoming Class is selected:

  • Max Boeck, Reed College
  • Diane Dickel, University of Chicago
  • Geoff Findlay, Carleton College
  • Marianna Ivanov, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeff Kidd, Case Western Reserve University
  • Kristen Lewis, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Graham McVicker, University of British Columbia
  • Richard Meraz, California State University, Long Beach
  • Tom Nicholas, University of Utah
  • Stephen Salipante, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Matt Sandel, UW Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Rori Rohlfs, Carnegie-Mellon University
  • James Thompson, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Troy Zerr, University of Washington

September 2004

Dr. Joshua Akey joins the Department.

Well-known in the fields of population genetics and molecular evolution, Dr. Akey has research interests that include understanding how evolutionary forces shape patterns of genetic variation within and between species and how to use this information to address fundamental questions in biology and evolution. His lab currently pursues projects in human population genomics, the genetic architecture of complex and quantitative traits using yeast as a model system, and canine evolution.

A symposium to celebrate the career of Dr. Walton L. Fangman, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Genome Sciences, and his contributions to our understanding of DNA replication was held on September 3, 2004. Speakers and participants included past and present members of his laboratory.

Walt joined the Department of Genetics at the University of Washington in 1967. Originally interested in the initiation of DNA synthesis at the single origin of replication in prokaryotic chromosomes, Walt was quickly seduced by the small size of the budding yeast genome with its high density of replication origins. It is in this arena that Walt has spent most of his career, exploring the temporal program of chromosomal DNA replication and essentially creating the field along the way.

Besides serving as Chairman of the Department of Genetics (1985-1990), Walt has also served two stints as the Principal Investigator on the NIH Genetics Training Grant. Walt has been a Professor Emeritus at UW since 2000 and retired from active University life at the end of 2004.

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