University of Washington School of Public Health

Strategic Faculty Hires

Genomics and Public Health

The School of Public Health has identified Public Health Genomics as an area of strategic importance, and has initiated a search for a genetic epidemiology faculty member as a consequence. The appointee will join one of the five departments in the school, with Epidemiology or Biostatistics being the most likely.

Genetic epidemiology is a field of growing importance following the success of the human genome project and realization of the public health implications of understanding the interplay of genes and environment on population health. The field is of interest across the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, and there are active related research programs in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and teaching activities in those departments and in the Institute of Public Health Genetics. The appointee will have the opportunity to interact with the strong programs in Genome Sciences and Medical Genetics in the School of Medicine.

The academic program in genetic epidemiology complements the program in statistical genetics and it contributes to the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics. Research in the area occurs in the departments of the school and in its centers: the Genetics Analysis Center, the Center for Genomics and Public Health, and the Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE). Related centers are the Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Northwest Genomics Center.

In addition, the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) partnered with the Office of Research and Graduate Education to launch a new study recruitment site on behalf of the University of Washington School of Medicine. The registration process for new research studies is free and open to any researcher with a UW NetID. Once a study is approved to post, which usually occurs within one business day, the research team can be contacted directly by potential participants who visit the recruitment site.

The appointee will enjoy a strong intellectual climate in Seattle: the University of Washington has partnerships with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Research Institute, Children's Research Institute, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the Veterans Administration. The Public Health Genetics program is also establishing partnerships with industry groups, as evidenced by a Symposium held in January, 2015.

The UW is poised to be a national and global leader in this area.

Within the School, faculty members in the top-ranked department of Biostatistics are leaders in developing and applying statistical methodologies in collaboration with researchers across UW and beyond.

If you have questions about the genomics and public health faculty position, please contact the chair of the committee, Professor Bruce Weir bsweir@u.washington.edu

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