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

Monday, October 25
Dissertation Defense: Ashley Hall
| Queitsch Lab, Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Biology
"Measurement and phenotypic consequences of ribosomal DNA copy number variation"
11:00 | Health Sciences D-209 | remote viewing option | flier

Wednesday, October 27
Combi Seminar: Dr. William Noble | University of Washington
"Deep learning analysis of tandem mass spectrometry data"
1:30 | Foege Auditorium | remote viewing option | flier

Wednesday, October 27
Genome Sciences Seminar:
Dr. Katrina Claw | University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
3:30 | held remotely

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

Graduate Program Information Session

Join us via Zoom to learn more about the Genome Sciences Ph.D. program. Program faculty, staff, and grads will be available to provide a brief overview of the program and answer your questions.

Wednesday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. pacific time

To receive the session Zoom location, please register here.

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
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

Dr. Mary-Claire King has received the 2021 Gairdner Award.
Dr. Devin Schweppe is featured in The Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, as well as the UW Medicine Thrivecast podcast: Episode 9: Setting up your lab
Breaking the binary by coming out as a trans scientist
Robin Aguilar is author of an article in Nature.
Soyeon Showman has received Honorable Mention for the NSF GRFP.
Rising Stars in Proteomics and Metabolomics
Dr. Devin Schweppe and Dr. Will Fondrie, along with former GS members Drs. Lindsay Pino, Brian Searle, and Wout Bittremieux, are highlighted in the Journal of Proteome Research.
Sam Regalado has been awarded an NRSA fellowship.
Former Shendure Lab member Dr. Junyue Cao is the grand prize winner of the 2020 Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.
90 Days on the Front Line: How UW Medicine led the response to the nation’s first COVID-19 outbreak
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