​Human and Statistical Genetics

Graduate Student CoordinatorSara Holmes​
Faculty Co-Directors Nathan Stitziel, MD, PhD​ & John Rice, PhD

This program is not taking applications for the 2022-2023 season, but faculty affiliated with the program welcome dissertation students. Students with an interest in human genetics or statistical genetics research are encouraged to apply to the Molecular Genetics and Genomics Program, the Computational and Systems Biology Program, or the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Program, among other DBBS programs. Successful applicants are encouraged to consider the following elective courses depending on background and interests:

Current Topics in Human and Mammalian Genetics
Human Genetic Analysis
Computational Statistical Genetics

Human and Statistical Genetics research at Washington University in St. Louis prepares future scientists with analytical/statistical, computational, and human genetic methods for the study of human disease. Biology students performing human genetics research will acquire the necessary quantitative skills to analyze their datasets. Biostatisticians will acquire the biological skills and knowledge necessary to become intellectual collaborators in all phases of human genetics research, from initial experimental design through data analysis and interpretation. 

Students can take course work to specialize in: “Human Genetics” or “Statistical Genetics”. Students focusing on Human Genetics will have majored in the biological sciences and have at least a minimum background in analytical/ statistical/ computational area. Students focusing on Statistical Genetics will have majors in statistical/ mathematical/ analytical sciences with at least a certain minimum background in biology. Training will address human/mammalian genetics, statistical genetics, and bioinformatics. A typical student specializing in this area will pursue a dissertation devoted either to the development of novel analytical method(s) needed to solve a certain biological problem (Statistical Genetics), or human genetic research employing state-of the art molecular tools (Human genetics).

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