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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3 CPHG Faculty Members join the MilliPub Club

CPHG congratulates Wei-Min Chen, Nathan Sheffield, and Chongzhi Zang on their induction into the MilliPub Club, which honors School of Medicine faculty researchers who have reached a unique milestone: having a…

Civelek wins teaching fellowship to examine ethical issues in BME data science course

Dr. Mete Civelek was selected by The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life (IPE) to receive a 2018 Donchian Teaching Fellowship.  The fellowships enable UVA faculty to develop or enhance…

Redouane Aherrahrou and Warren Anderson awarded AHA fellowships

Congratulations to Redouane and Warren! Both are Research Associates in the Civelek Lab, and have been awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship which will commence on July 1, 2018…

Mychaleckyj Lab publishes research paper funded by Gates Foundation

The Mychaleckyj Lab has published the first genome-wide association study on breast milk fatty acid composition funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The paper is entitled: "Multiplex genomewide…

Chongzhi Zang receives NIH Career Development Award

Dr. Chongzhi Zang was recently awarded a K22 Transition Career Development grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of his proposed project, titled…

Research in Progress

The CPHG Research in Progress (RIP) is held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 10 – 11am in the Cancer Center Conference Room – West Complex, 6th floor, MSB…

Research in Progress

The CPHG Research in Progress (RIP) is held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, from 10 – 11am in the Cancer Center Conference Room – West Complex, 6th floor, MSB…

Recent Publications

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