Mengjie Chen - One of Four University of Chicago scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships


Early-career faculty identified as field’s most promising scholars

Four University of Chicago faculty members have earned prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships, awarded to early-career scholars whose achievements and potential mark them as the next scientific leaders.

Congratulations John Blischak - 2018 Winner of Nan Xiao Prize for Computational Reproducibility


Thanks to a generous gift from Human Genetics Alum Nan Xiao, the Department of Human Genetics is pleased to announce the establishment of the "Nan Xiao prize for computational reproducibility".

Congratulations  John Blischak - 2018 winner of the "Nan Xiao prize for computational reproducibility"  for his leadership role in computational reproducibility in applications, and especially development of the R package workflow. 

Amelia Joslin Wins 2018 ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research


Amelia Joslin - American Sociaty of Human Genetics 2018 Award Recipient of the Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research (view 2018 semifinalists and finalists)

Charles Washington III - 2018 HHMI Gilliam Fellow Recipient


Human Genetics student Charles Washington III is a 2018 HHMI Gilliam Fellow. The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is awarded to exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders. His advisor is Carol Ober.  Congratulations Charles!

Michelle Stein wins the Best Dissertation Award within the BSD


Michelle Stein won the Best Dissertation award within the BSD for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her thesis focused on studying the disparity in asthma rates between two US founder populations with similar genetic ancestries and lifestyles: the Hutterites of South Dakota and the Amish of Indiana.

Growing up on an Amish farm protects children against asthma by reprogramming immune cells


By probing the differences between two farming communities -- the Amish of Indiana and the Hutterites of South Dakota -- an interdisciplinary team of researchers found that specific aspects of the Amish environment are associated with changes to immune cells that appear to protect children from developing asthma.

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Carole Ober has been named the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in Human Genetics and the College


Carole Ober has been named the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in Human Genetics and the College.

Ober is chair of the Department of Human Genetics. Her research focuses on the genetics of complex human phenotypes, with particular emphasis on traits related to reproduction and asthma susceptibility.