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 spectrum disorders, and the genetic causes of vertebral anomalies and bone dysplasias.

2016 Highlights

  • The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) has granted accreditation approval for the Division of Genetics & Metabolism's new Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG) fellowship. Under the direction of Jennifer Laffin, PhD, FACMG, the LGG fellowship will combine and replace the division’s existing clinical cytogenetics and molecular genetics fellowships. The first LGG fellow will begin training in July 2017.

  • Mei Baker, MD, was invited to serve a four-year term on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s new Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. The committee provides advice, recommendations, and technical information about aspects of heritable disorders and newborn and childhood screening to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

  • Principal investigator Elizabeth Petty, MD, along with co-investigator Aaron Carrel, MD, received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program Education and Research Committee for the project, “Engaging Clinicians in Online Social Learning to Close Knowledge Gaps in Community Health: Pilot Focus on Obesity and Mental Health Care.”




Recent Publications

Grant Support