Seminars in Modern Clinical Genetics: How to Approach a Rapidly Changing Field

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Laboratory of Genetics and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health are excited to announce a two-week seminar series that will highlight advances in genomic research relative to human disease.

This series is part of a new basic science elective for medical students (course number 616-911) directed by Drs. Akihiro Ikeda in the Laboratory of Genetics and David McCulley in the Department of Pediatrics. The goal is to highlight advances in human genomic analysis and how these approaches, in research and clinical practice, can be applied to better understand basic mechanisms of disease, improve diagnostic accuracy and efficiency, and direct precision therapy. Although the seminar series is targeted to address these issues, faculty and trainees of all levels are welcome to attend.

The seminar directors are hoping to attract a broad audience to the series including faculty and trainees interested in human genomics research and clinical practice. Additional activities are planned that are targeted specifically to the medical students enrolled in the course.

Session Dates and Topics:

All sessions take place in Room 1360 Genetics-Biotechnology Building. Please contact the course directors, Aki Ikeda ( or David McCulley ( with any questions.

Date & Time TopicSpeaker
March 2, 11:45 – 12:45Genomic Analyses and Human DiseaseStephen Meyn, MD, PhD
(Professor of Molecular Genetics and Pediatrics Director, Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine)
March 5, 11:45 – 12:45Genetic Testing and Counseling During PregnancyLaura Birkeland, MS, CGC
(Senior Clinical Genetic Counselor, Assistant Program Director, Department of Pediatrics)
March 9, 12:00 – 1:00Addressing Unknowns in Autism Etiology: Noncoding Variation and Sex-differential RiskDonna Werling, PhD
(Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Genetics)
March 10, 2:00 – 3:00Mapping of Disease Genes in Complex Traits: The Motivation, Development and Evolution of GWASSteven Schrodi, PhD
(Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Genetics)
March 11, 11:00 – 12:00Precision Medicine Treatments for
Different Subtypes of Colon Cancer
Dustin Deming, MD
(Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology)
March 12, 11:45 – 12:45Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Based Retinal Disease Modeling for Therapeutics Development
Divya Sinha, PhD
(Assistant Scientist, Waisman Center, McPherson Eye Research Institute)
March 13, 12:00 – 1:00Genetic Counseling for Patients and CliniciansApril Hall, PhD, MS, CGC
(Clinical Genetic Counselor, Department of Pediatrics)