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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 and bone dysplasias.

2013 Highlights

  • Philip Giampietro, MD, PhD, was invited to participate as faculty at the 2013 Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting and Course in Lyon, France. His presentation was entitled “Identification of a Locus for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis on Chromosome 12p.”
  • Jennifer Laffin, PhD, led the development of a new molecular genetics fellowship program, which was accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics.
  • Richard Pauli, MD, PhD, was in the top five percent of UW Health providers for 2012 Avatar patient satisfaction survey results. He also received an award for "a lifetime of contributions to the genetics community" at the Upper Midwest Clinical Genetics meeting in Minneapolis, and his work with people with bone dysplasias was highlighted in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
  • Elizabeth Petty, MD, was selected as an American Association of Medical Colleges Council of Deans Fellow, and also was named Director of Research, Education and Career Development for the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
  • David Wargowski, MD, appeared on Indiana Public Radio's Sound Medicine to discuss the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project. and was interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for an article describing an NIH study of whole genome sequencing of newborns.


David S. Wargowski, MD

Professor (CHS) and
Division Chief

Mei W. Baker, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Philip F. Giampietro, MD, PhD

Professor (CHS)

Jennifer J. S. Laffin, PhD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Richard M. Pauli, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Elizabeth M. Petty, MD


Catherine A. Reiser, MS, CGC

Associate Professor (CHS)

Gregory M. Rice, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Jessica A. Scott-Schwoerer, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Sandy C. Van Calcar, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor

Jon A. Wolff, MD

Clinical Professor, Volunteer Staff


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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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