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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UVA IDs Genes that Influence Our Risk for Deadly Coronary Artery Disease

Researchers at the University of Virginia have shed light on how our genes affect our risk for coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease. In addition to…

3 Civelek Lab Members Create The Genomics Society of UVA

Exciting news from Civelek Lab! Rita Anane-Wae, Dillon Lue, and Zhiwen Xue put their efforts together and created The Genomics Society of UVA, hoping to promote undergraduate research. The primary…

Zang Lab’s Research Published in Genome Biology & Featured in UVA Today

Cancer's Dangerous Renovations to Our Chromosomes Revealed Cancer remodels the architecture of our chromosomes so the disease can take hold and spread, University of Virginia researchers have revealed. This remodeling…

Manichaikul Lab publishes paper in Nature Communications

The Manichaikul Lab published a paper today in Nature Communications. The paper is entitled: "Whole genome sequence analysis of pulmonary function and COPD in 19,996 multi-ethnic participants". Paper authors include…

CPHG Hosts Virtual “Emerging Scholars in Genome Sciences Symposium” Series

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, The Center for Public Health Genomics (CPHG) had planned to host a two-day symposium this fall, highlighting “Emerging Scholars”; senior postdocs doing outstanding research in the…

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Recent Publications

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