HUGEN News

Michael Deem
April 2, 2024

Deem awarded fellowship to develop Public Health and Human Flourishing course

Michael Deem, associate professor of human genetics, was recently awarded a Signature Course Fellowship by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Studies.
Quasar S. Padiath
February 28, 2024

Quasar Padiath Appointed Human Genetics Chair

Department of Human Genetics Associate Professor Quasar S. Padiath has been appointed to the position of chair of the department, his academic home since 2011.

Padiath has served as interim chair since October 2023 and also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurobiology at Pitt’s School of Medicine.

 Anthony Anzell
February 27, 2024

Chasing a rare disease

Postdoc's personal experience drives research.

Lisa Parker
January 30, 2024

14 Pitt people earned Year of Discourse and Dialogue funding

Congratulations to Human Genetics Professor and Director of the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, Lisa Parker, on her Year of Discourse and Dialogue funding!

SARAH BLESENER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
January 18, 2024

Many cancers are on the rise in the U.S., even as overall deaths fall

“It has been hard because the idea is that it has to do with early-age exposures, and now the world is very different than it was 40 years ago,” said Associate Professor of Human Genetics Brenda Diergaarde. 

Swathi Balaji
January 8, 2024

Two prestigious honors for Hugen student Swathi Balaji

Human Genetics MPH student Swathi Balaji has been selected as an Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) Scholar by the National Health Genomic Research Institute. Balaji will work with Kathleen Blazer, director, Cancer Genomics Education Program, Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics, City of Hope National Medical Center and will attend the annual ISCC-PEG meeting in April. 

David Finegold, MD and students
December 6, 2023

David Finegold conferred the status of Professor Emeritus

Recognizing his distinguished service to the University of Pittsburgh, David Finegold, MD, a longtime professor in the Department of Human Genetics, has been conferred the status of Professor Emeritus.

Bianca Kun
December 5, 2023

Bianca Kun selected for Faculty-Student Collaborative Project from Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center

Congratulations to Bianca Kun, a second-year MPH Public Health Genetics student, for being selected to complete a Faculty-Student Collaborative Project through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC). This recognition is based on her research project, "SSRIs and Risk of Preterm Birth in African American Women," which not only highlights the critical intersection of mental health and maternal health in minority populations, but also underscores the importance of targeted research in public health genetics.

Alumni award winners
November 17, 2023

Pitt Public Health honors alumni at awards ceremony

The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health recognized nine alumni for their outstanding service to the field of public health at an awards ceremony.

American Society of Human Genetics
November 8, 2023

American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting

Trainees and faculty in Human Genetics made a strong showing at November’s American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Washington, DC!
 

Dr. Bruce Nmezi
November 6, 2023

Post-doctoral fellow Bruce Nmezi selected for the 2023-2025 Human Genetics Scholars

Dr. Bruce Nmezi has been selected for the 2023-2025 Human Genetics Scholars.

Shubhnita Singh
October 27, 2023

Shubhnita Singh receives the Young Investigator Travel Award

Department of Human Genetics PhD student Shubhnita Singh wins Young Investigator Travel Award

Congratulations to Department of Human Genetics fourth year PhD student Shubhnita Singh on receiving the Young Investigator Travel Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) at the Hypertension Conference. 

Ilyas Kamboh
September 7, 2023

Pitt Public Health researchers uncovered new genetic traits influencing Alzheimer's risk

Led by Ilyas Kamboh, professor of human genetics and epidemiology, the group found that, in addition to known gene variants associated with disease risk, there are at least 15 more variations in the APOE. 

Christa Lese Martin, PhD
August 7, 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Christa Lese Martin, PhD

For Christa Lese Martin (PhD, HUGEN ’96), you might say the future was in her genes.

Though she had a high school interest in the biological sciences, Martin’s career path gained focus as she prepared for college. “I learned about the field of human genetics and decided then and there that was it,” she says. “And I haven’t turned back.”

Pitt honors longtime staff employees at ceremony
June 29, 2023

Pitt honors longtime staff employees at ceremony

30 Pitt Public Health staff with long tenures at the University were honored during the Chancellor's Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony.