Center for Public Health Genomics

The Center for Public Health Genomics (CPHG) addresses questions in public health, biology and medicine by developing and applying state-of-the-art genetic, genomic and computational approaches to human data and samples and manipulation of model organisms.

CPHG is focused on translational and personalized medicine — moving gene discovery (and the manner in which genes interact with environment) into the delivery of health care and of disease prevention both in clinical settings as well as in the community.

Our research projects range from gene discovery to pharmacogenomics to mouse models of human disease. Graduate research in the CPHG is based in programs through colleges (including the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences) within existing graduate programs.


The Future

Public health genomics is a multi-disciplinary field that focuses on the effective and responsible translation of genetic information and technology for the benefit of population health. A major focus of our work translates genomic discoveries to appropriate population level assessments, policies and disease prevention programs.

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Center for Public Health Genomics Education

Graduate students identify CPHG mentors and conduct research in CPHG faculty laboratories. This research leads to degrees in disciplines that are typically multidisciplinary.
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UVA Seminar Series

The Center for Public Health Genomics operates two seminar series in Fall and Spring semesters: the weekly Genome Sciences Seminar Series (GS3), and the semi-monthly CPHG Research in Progress (CPHG-RIP).
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Review of Human Genome IDs Stroke Risk Genes

Researchers seeking to better understand how our genes contribute to stroke risk have completed what is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive review of the human genome to identify genes that predispose people to ischemic stroke, the cause of approximately 85 percent of all strokes.
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CPHG Team Performs Vital Research in Groundbreaking TOPMed Human Genome Project

Scientists Scour Genes of More Than 53,000 People to Better Battle Dangerous Diseases DNA processing in a genomics research lab. (Photo courtesy National Cancer Institute) April 01, 2021 A new…

Former CPHG Faculty Member Aaron Quinlan Chats with the American Journal of Human Genetics

Inside AJHG: A Chat with Aaron Quinlan Each month, the editors of The American Journal of Human Genetics interview an author of a recently published paper. This month, we check in with…

CPHG Affiliate Faculty Member John Campbell, PhD, Aids UVA’s COVID Testing Efforts with His Lab’s Robot

The automated liquid-handling robot is large enough to claim a 12-foot-by-4-foot expanse of lab table space in its unexpected home in UVA Health’s West Complex. Last summer, University of Virginia…

Peter Kasson, PhD, Affiliate CPHG Faculty Member, Named Pinn Scholar

Peter Kasson, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and Affiliate CPHG Faculty Member, has been named a Pinn Scholar at UVA School of Medicine. Pinn Scholars are mid-career…

Research by CPHG’s Casey Lab Reveals Racial Disparity in Colorectal Cancer

The colons of African Americans and people of European descent age differently, new research reveals, helping explain racial disparities in colorectal cancer – the cancer that killed beloved “Black Panther”…

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Genome Sciences Seminar

Speaker: Gloria Sheynkman, PhD - University of Virginia   Email Jennifer Dean ( for the Zoom link. The Genome Sciences Seminar Series (GS3) is held on Wednesdays from 1:00 –…

Research In Progress (RIP)

Speaker 1 – Hongpan Zhang (Zang Lab)   Speaker 2 – Arby Abood (Farber Lab)   The Research in Progress takes place the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month…

Genome Sciences Seminar

Speaker: Towfique Raj, PhD - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai   Email Jennifer Dean ( for the Zoom link. The Genome Sciences Seminar Series (GS3) is held on…

Genome Sciences Seminar

Speaker: Ben Raphael, PhD - Princeton University   Email Jennifer Dean ( for the Zoom link. The Genome Sciences Seminar Series (GS3) is held on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm…

Research In Progress (RIP)

Speaker 1 – Dominika Michalek (Rich Lab)   Speaker 2 – Yanlin Ma (Manichaikul Lab)   The Research in Progress takes place the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month…

Recent Publications

Multi-Ancestry Genome-Wide Association Study of Lipid Levels Incorporating Gene-Alcohol Interactions.