The Department of Genome Sciences is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. Our goal is to foster a place of learning and working where all members can thrive and where diversity is recognized and celebrated. At Genome Sciences, we aim to create supportive spaces for those who are marginalized in higher education or society. To achieve this, we recognize that it is our ongoing responsibility to understand, acknowledge, and challenge systems of privilege and disadvantage in higher education such as those based on race, color, creed, caste, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or socioeconomic status.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 1
Dissertation Defense: Bianca Ruiz
| Fields Lab, Villén Lab, Ph.D. in Genome Sciences
"Proteome-wide amino acid substitution and biochemical selection to understand protein biology"
1:30 | Foege Auditorium | remote viewing option | flier

Wednesday, December 1
Genome Sciences Seminar:
Dr. Robert Fernandez | Columbia University
"Building molecular maps to study the male C. elegans nervous system"
3:30 | Foege Auditorium | remote viewing option | flier | GSAIMS-invited speaker

Tuesday, December 14
Dissertation Defense
: Allie Greaney | Bloom Lab, Ph.D. in Genome Sciences
"Understanding SARS-CoV-2 antigenic evolution using complete genotype-to-phenotype maps of the effects of mutations on antibody binding"
10:30 | held remotely | flier

For a complete listing of GS events, please see the events calendar.

New Faculty

Genome Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Lea Starita has accepted our offer to be an assistant professor. Dr. Starita develops and applies advanced genomic technologies for interpreting genetic variants of unknown significance. She also serves as the co-director of The Brotman Baty Institute's Advanced Technology Lab and is a key member of the Seattle Flu Study.

Genome Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Philip Abitua has accepted our offer to be an assistant professor. Dr. Abitua is a developmental biologist studying annual killifish and how they've evolved to survive in extreme environments. In addition to deep knowledge of early vertebrate development, Dr. Abitua will bring cutting edge techniques into the department, such as single-cell analysis with live imaging of whole embryos.

Genome Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Alison Feder has accepted our offer to be an assistant professor and has joined our department. Dr. Feder was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a mathematical biologist who studies evolutionary forces that drive rapid adaptation, such as that seen in viruses becoming resistant to drugs.

Genome Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Devin Schweppe has accepted our offer to be an assistant professor and has joined our department. Dr. Schweppe comes to Genome Sciences from the lab of Dr. Steven Gygi at Harvard Medical School, where he was a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Schweppe develops proteomics methods to analyze dynamic cellular signaling networks.

Department News

Gesine Cauer and Tobias Jores have been awarded the 2021 Parker Travel Award for best poster at the 2021 department retreat.


Dr. Jean-Benoît Lalanne has been awarded a Damon Runyon Fellowship.
Soyeon Showman has been awarded The Bonita and David Brewer Fellowship.
Miranda Mudge has been awarded an NRSA fellowship.
Dr. Renee Geck has been awarded an NRSA fellowship.




Exploring Underlying Causes of Mendelian Conditions Difficult to Solve
BBI | NHGRI
Dr. Kelley Harris has been awarded the SMBE Early Career Faculty Award.
Robin Aguilar has been awarded an HHMI Gilliam Graduate Fellowship.
Ryan Carlson has been awarded an NRSA fellowship.
Student-led project improves COVID-19 testing efficiency
Sanjay Srivatsan is featured in UW Medicine article.
Cindy Yeh has been selected as one of the Husky 100.
Dr. Bruce Weir elected to Royal Society for contributions to population genetics, forensic science.
Magnifying Our Impact
Sam Regalado is featured in UW Medicine.

Introducing the Genome Sciences 2021 incoming class:

Hunter Colegrove – University of Washington
Shruti Jain – Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Connor Kubo – University of Washington
David Lee – UC San Diego
Ben Mallory – UC Davis
Elizabeth Plender – Regis University
Sydney Sattler – Westminster College
Elliott Swanson – Western Washington University
Malvika Tejura – UC Berkeley

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