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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 maintained a commitment to making these services available statewide through over 30 years of partnership with the Waisman Center on the UW campus and the State Division of Public Health, and through leadership of the Wisconsin State Genetics System.

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

2011 Highlights

  • Jennifer Laffin, PhD, was appointed director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory at the State Laboratory of Hygiene, and is spearheading the development of a collaborative molecular diagnostics laboratory on the UW campus.
  • Elizabeth Petty, MD, joined the division and the School of Medicine and Public Health as a professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs.
  • Gregory Rice, MD, was one of four recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Awards.
  • Jessica Scott-Schwoerer, MD, completed her fellowship in biochemical genetics, became certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics, and was appointed as an assistant professor (CHS).
  • Sandra Van Calcar, PhD, RD, was elected president of Genetic Metabolic Dietitians International, an organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of the dietary treatment of inherited metabolic disorders.
  • David Wargowski, MD, is serving on a joint AAP/CDC panel to develop a primary care toolkit on the diagnosis and management of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.


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

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD


Gregory M. Rice, MD

Assistant Professor

Jessica A. Scott-Schwoerer, MD

Assistant Professor

Sandy C. Van Calcar, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Jon A. Wolff, MD

Clinical Professor, Volunteer Staff


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Grant Support

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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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