Skip to Content

Division Highlights - Genetics & Metabolism

The Division of Genetics and Metabolism provides comprehensive services to help patients and families cope medically and emotionally with a wide range of genetic disorders.

We have provided these services statewide through over 30 years of partnership with the Division of Public Health and leadership of the Wisconsin State Genetics System.

Research interests include the genetic basis of inherited disorders, molecular techniques for newborn screening, diagnosis of nonsyndromic intellectual disability, fetal alcohol syndrome, and the genetic causes of vertebral anomalies.

2010 Highlights

  • Mei Baker, MD, was recognized nationally and internationally for developing the newborn screening application of the TREC assay for detecting primary immunodeficiencies. This assay led to the first successful presymptomatic identification of a newborn with severe combined immunodeficiency in Wisconsin. Dr. Baker has consulted with newborn screening programs in 10 states and five countries, and delivered presentations on the topic in the US, Japan, and China. 
  • Philip Giampietro, MD, PhD, received a $315,000 NIH grant for his project, “Analyzing Environmental Exposures and Candidate Genes in Congenital Malformations.” He also received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Scoliosis Research Society to study genetic contributors to idiopathic scoliosis.
  • Jessica Scott-Schwoerer, MD, joined the division after completing a residency in medical genetics. She will complete her laboratory fellowship training in biochemical genetics in 2011.
  • Sandra van Calcar, PhD, RD, joined the division as an assistant professor performing clinical research on the lifelong management of individuals with phenylketonuria (PKU). She is nationally known for her clinical expertise in nutritional management of genetic metabolic disorders.
  • David Wargowski, MD, trained over 200 clinicians, educators, and behavioral specialists in four states on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and diagnostic approaches to affected individuals. The training was offered under the auspices of the CDC-funded Great Lakes FASD Regional Training Center, in partnership with the UW Department of Family Medicine.


David S. Wargowski, MD

Associate Professor and
Division Chief

Mei W. Baker, MD

Assistant Professor

Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD


Jennifer J. S. Laffin, PhD

Assistant Professor

Richard M. Pauli, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Gregory M. Rice, MD

Assistant Professor

Sandy C. Van Calcar, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Jon A. Wolff, MD

Clinical Professor, Volunteer Staff

Recent Publications

Grant Support

View Other Divisions' Highlights

Last updated: 01/04/2016
webmaster [at] pediatrics [dot] wisc [dot] edu
Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System