From deciphering underlying genetic factors of diseases to developing cutting-edge genome technology, our scientists are making impactful discoveries everyday.

Strength in Genetics and Genomics Research

The Department of Genetics has traditional strengths in computational biology and genome science, as well as model organism, evolutionary and human genetics. Recent specialties include neurological disorders, cellular bioenergetics, epigenomics, personalized medicine and genome technology development.

Within the close-knit research community of Washington University School of Medicine, our scientists are supported by a strong foundation. School of Medicine Facts & Figures

#2 NIH Funding (2023)$838.3 Million Research Funding 202219 Nobel Laureates 

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Dr. Yang (Eric) Li’s First-authored Paper Published in Nature

Dr. Yang (Eric) Li’s First-authored Paper Published in Nature
As part of NIH’s BRAIN Initiative, Nature recently published 10 papers mapping the first mammalian brain. Genetics Assistant Professor Dr. Yang (Eric) Li, a contributor in this project, co-first-authored one of the Nature papers titled: Single-cell analysis of chromatin accessibility in the adult mouse brain. Li has also contributed to two other papers in this […]

New Modbed Track Available on WashU Epigenome Browser 

New Modbed Track Available on WashU Epigenome Browser 
The WashU Epigenome Browser has introduced the Modbed track data type that allows for the visualization of modification details at the level of individual long reads, as well as the display of merged modification information for one or more long reads within a dynamic resolution range.

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