Center for Public Health Genomics

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

Research in the CPHG is focused on translational genomics and personalized medicine — moving basic discoveries in genetics and genomics into clinical settings with the goal of improving the delivery of health care and disease prevention.

Our research projects range from gene discovery to pharmacogenomics to mouse models of human disease. Labs in the CPHG offer graduate research and training opportunities through the UVA School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering,  and the College of Arts and Sciences 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 three seminar series: the Emerging Scholars in Genome Sciences Symposium in the Fall, the weekly Genome Sciences Seminar Series (GS3) in the Spring, and the semi-monthly CPHG Research in Progress (CPHG-RIP) in both Fall and Spring semesters.

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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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Inside the The American Journal of Human Genetics: A Chat with CPHG’s Ani Manichaikul

Each month, the editors of The American Journal of Human Genetics interview an author of a recently published paper. This month they checked in with Ani to discuss her paper…

Naegle Lab’s Sam Crowl named to the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

Congratulations to Sam Crowl in Kristen Naegle’s Lab. Sam was named to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate…

Ani Manichaikul is a 2022 Pinn Scholar!

CPHG congratulates Dr. Ani Manichaikul who has been named to the 2022 class of UVA Pinn Scholars! The Pinn Scholars Award is named in honor of the extraordinary career of…

Civelek Lab’s Zhiwen Xu Selected as 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholar

Congratulations to Zhiwen Xu in Mete Civelek’s Lab. Zhiwen was selected as a 2022 Barry Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship program, which honors Senator Barry Goldwater, was designed to foster and…

CPHG’s Stephen Rich and Aakrosh Ratan Help Develop New Tool Called “Giraffe”

Scientists, including two University of Virginia researchers, have developed a powerful, inclusive new tool for genomic research that boosts efforts to develop more precise treatments for many diseases by leveraging…

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Recent Publications

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