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Division Highlights - Genetics & Metabolism

2007 - 2008 Highlights

Mei Baker, MD, Jennifer Laffin, PhD, and Gregory Rice, MD, join division

Mei Baker, MD, receives funding from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Department of Health and Human Services for screening of severe combined immunodeficiency

Gregory Rice, MD, named medical director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene


The Division of Genetics and Metabolism is committed to excellence in clinical genetics care, education, and research.

Our team of physicians, genetic counselors, dietitians, and doctors-in-training provides comprehensive diagnostic, counseling, care coordination and referral services.

We help patients and families understand and cope with conditions such as achondroplasia, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Gaucher diseases, Marfan syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, phenylketonuria (PKU), inborn errors of metabolism, and Prader–Willi syndrome.

We also participate in clinical research on the genetic basis of inherited disorders. We are developing new molecular techniques for newborn screening, evaluating an approach for diagnosing individuals with nonsyndromic cognitive impairment, and investigating the underlying genetic causes of vertebral anomalies and idiopathic scoliosis.


Interim Division Chief: David S. Wargowski, MD, Associate Professor Mei W. Baker, MD, Assistant Professor

David S. Wargowski, MD


Residency: University of Virginia Children's Medical Center

Fellowships: University Hospital, Vancouver, BC

Board certification: Pediatrics, Medical Genetics

Clinical interests: fetal alcohol syndrome, dysmorphology, and neurofibromatosis

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Mei W. Baker, MD

Fellowships: Biochemical Genetics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Clinical interests: application of molecular technology and DNA-based MS/MS screening for genetic metabolic disorders in newborns

Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD, Professor Jennifer J. S. Laffin, PhD, Assistant Professor

Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD

Residency: State University of New York – Stony Brook University Hospital; Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Fellowships: Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Board certification: Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics

Clinical interests: dysmorphology, osteogenesis imperfect, congenital and idiopathic scoliosis and connective tissue disorders

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Jennifer J. S. Laffin, PhD

Fellowships: Clinical Cytogenetics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Board certification: Clinical Molecular Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics

Clinical interests: molecular origins of recurrent cytogenetic abnormalities in cancer along with genetic causes of mental retardation

Richard M. Pauli, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus Gregory M. Rice, MD, Assistant Professor

Richard M. Pauli, MD, PhD

Residency: Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle

Fellowships: University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals

Board certification: Medical Genetics

Clinical interests: heritable bone dysplasias (dwarfing disorders)

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Gregory M. Rice, MD

Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Fellowships: University of Wisconsin – Madison/Waisman Center

Board certification: Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics

Clinical interests: inborn errors of metabolism, newborn screening, developmental delay, mental retardation and Fragile X

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Jon Wolff, MD, Adjunct Professor  

Jon A. Wolff, MD


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Grant Support

Last updated: 01/04/2016
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