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’s Zang Lab Develops New Tools to Battle Cancer, Advance Genomics Research

Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have developed important new resources that will aid the battle against cancer and advance cutting-edge genomics research. UVA’s Chongzhi Zang and…

CPHG Affiliate Faculty Member, Eric Turkheimer, Elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The dean of the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and an acclaimed UVA psychology professor have been elected to the prestigious American Academy of…

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…

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Recent Publications

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