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.

Genome Sciences mourns the loss of our colleague, Dr. Deborah Nickerson.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 25
Dissertation Defense: Wei Chen
| Shendure Lab, Ph.D. in Molecular Engineering
"Multiplex Molecular Recording of Biological Signals and Events"
11:00 | Foege Auditorium | remote viewing option | flier

Wednesday, May 25
Combi Seminar:
Dr. Daniel Blanco-Melo | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
"Genetic circuits controlling the innate immune response to viral infections"
1:30 | Foege Auditorium | remote viewing option | flier | talk will be recorded

Wednesday, May 25
Genome Sciences Seminar:
Dr. Andrea Gomez | UC Berkeley
"Alternative splicing choices for synaptic function"
3:30 | Foege Auditorium | GSAIMS-invited speaker | remote viewing option | flier | talk will be recorded

Friday, May 27
Dissertation Defense: Anna Minkina
| Shendure Lab, Ph.D. in Genome Sciences
“Tethering distinct molecular profiles of single  cells by their lineage histories to investigate  sources of cell state heterogeneity”
11:30 | Foege Auditorium | remote viewing option | flier

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

Introducing the Genome Sciences 2022 incoming class:

Sahar Attar - King's College London, University of Washington
Erik Bergstrom - University of Virginia
Caleb Carr - UW MSTP
Connor Finkbeiner - Whitman College
Sophia Gibson - Bryn Mawr College
Stephen Gonzalez - UC San Diego
Iris Jia - University of Washington, UC San Diego
Conor Kelly - University of Colorado
Caroline Kikawa - UW MSTP
Joseph Min - Johns Hopkins University
Jenny Nathans - UW MSTP
Monika Perez - University of Tulsa
Clifford Rostomily - University of Washington
Bo Wen - Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Qi Yu - Brandeis University
Scientists set out to map the world’s genomic diversity
UW Medicine Newsroom




Hanna Liao has been awarded an NSF fellowship. Lincoln Harris and Chris Hsu have received honorable mention.

Dr. Alison Feder has been selected as an award recipient for the Gilead Research Scholars program in HIV.
Berg Lab undergraduate researcher Andrea Rauschmayer received the Grand Prize for Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the Northwest Developmental Biology meeting.
Dr. Harmit Malik has been awarded the Novitski Prize.
David Baker, Riza Daza, Evan Eichler, Choli Lee, Debbie Nickerson, Bill Noble, Jay Shendure, and Cole Trapnell have been named on the 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list.

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.

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