Welcome to the Department of Human Genetics The Department was founded in 2001 and is both a basic and a clinical science department in the School of Medicine. Today, the DOHG has 45 primary and 9 secondary faculty members, engaged in all the missions of medical school comprising research, teaching and clinical service. Of these faculty, 16 are certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics. In addition to the faculty, the DOHG has over 200 full-time employees, including 24 genetic counselors, and 31 postdoctoral fellows, 3 clinical fellows, 1 medical genetics resident, and 40 graduate students. The Department has two primary locations; 40,000 nsf of administration and research space in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building on campus and a 24,000 nsf clinical building only minutes from campus. In addition, we have approximately 8,000 nsf of research space elsewhere on campus.
The majority of the research in the Department focuses directly on human genetic disease and has major strengths in neurogenetics, metabolic disease, and translational research. The DOHG is home to the National Down Syndrome Project and a National Fragile X Syndrome Research Center. With over $15,000,000 in NIH research support, the department ranks among the top genetics departments in the country.
The Department has a strong bioinformatics base using our Emory Human Genetics Computer Cluster (HGCC) which is composed of 1 head node and 22 compute nodes and serves multiple functions related to genomic projects, including running NGS analysis pipelines, high-performance and parallel computing, web application serving, and data storage. To meet larger computational needs, our faculty can directly access the TARDIS High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster, a 12-node high performance cluster with an estimated throughput of 5 teraflops.
The DOHG has a vibrant clinical program, organized under the Division of Medical Genetics. The Division holds numerous weekly general and specialized genetic clinics for children and adults and has responsibility for all in-patient consultation and management of genetic disease in metro Atlanta. In addition, several outreach clinics are held throughout the state and the DOHG is the referral center for Georgia’s newborn screening program. Clinical management of newborns identified with metabolic diseases is provided by the Nutrition Section within the Department. A number of clinical research protocols are conducted by the Department, including enzyme replacement studies carried out in the Department’s four-bed infusion suite. Within the Department are three large clinical laboratories (Emory Genetic Laboratories) providing cytogenetic, biochemical and molecular diagnostics for hundreds of genetic diseases. EGL receives over 30,000 patient specimens per year from throughout the world and is the major national referral center for several genetic disorders.
The Department faculty are extremely active in medical and graduate education currently mentoring nearly 100 doctoral and postdoctoral students. In addition, the Department has a fully ACGME-accredited clinical genetic residency program and offers training in all American Board of Medical Genetics subspecialties. The department also established a Master of Medical Science program in Genetic Counseling that is fully accredited by the ABGC. The unique combination of a fully-fledged basic research faculty along with the comprehensive clinical genetics division, places the Department of Human Genetics at the forefront of contemporary translational research and predictive, precision health.