Welcome to the Department of Human Genetics. The Department was founded in 2000 and is both a basic and a clinical science department in the School of Medicine. Today, the DOHG has 48 primary and 5 secondary faculty members, engaged in all the missions of medical school comprising research, teaching and clinical service. The Department has three primary locations on campus; administration and research space in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building and clinical research space in the Woodruff Memorial Research Building. Our clinical activities are also conducted on campus in Building B of The Emory Clinic.
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 Fragile X Syndrome Research Center, continuously funded by the NIH for 15 years. With over $20,000,000 per year of extramural research support, the department ranks among the top genetics departments in the country.
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. The Department 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. Over 25 clinical research protocols are currently being conducted by the Department. In addition the Department’s genetic diagnostic laboratory, EGL Genetics, has been commercialized in partnership with Eurofins Scientific, Inc and continues to provide training in clinical laboratory genetics and genomics. We are also the home for JScreen, a national public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases through carrier screening.
The Department faculty are extremely active in medical, graduate and postgraduate education. 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.