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In a news release from University of Utah Health Care, Willard H. Dere, MD,  leads personalized health.

“An internationally regarded medical researcher and leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, and former University of Utah School of Medicine faculty member and medical resident, Will H. Dere, M.D., FACP, will return to the University to lead the Program in Personalized Health beginning Nov. 1….”

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Dr. Louisa Stark is interviewed on KSL about her work on a project to help teach evolution to students.

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September 2014 article in Nature features research by Dr. Mark Yandell.

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When disease strikes from nowhere

We would like to welcome Dr. Gabor Marth, DSc. as a new member of the faculty in the Department of Human Genetics.

Here is his webpage:

Faculty Page


Aurélie Kapusta and Cédric Feschotte make the cover of the October 2014 issue of Trends in Genetics, for their ‘Feature Review’ article entitled “Volatile evolution of long non-coding RNA repertoires: mechanisms and biological implications”. In this article, the authors argue that the rapid turnover and diversification of long noncoding RNA genes, which may outnumber protein-coding genes in mammalian genomes, represent an important motor underlying trait variation and genetic innovation. Photograph by Cédric Feschotte.



New article posted in the online magazine Continuum for the University of Utah. The article covers current and past research done at the university.

Here is the link: http://continuum.utah.edu/features/genetics-and-u


We are happy to announce that five graduates in the Class of 2011 have accepted jobs in Utah. This not only increases the number of genetic counselors in Utah, but also expands into three new subspecialty areas for genetic counselors at the University of Utah: Alzheimer Center, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, two graduates accepted jobs at Lineagen, Inc. and Myriad Genetics. Congratulations to our graduates!


Program Director Bonnie J. Baty, MS, LCGC was presented with the Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Conference in Dallas, TX on October 15, 2010. The Natalie Weissberger Paul Lifetime Achievement Award is the most distinguished honor within the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). Natalie Weissberger Paul was a long-time advocate for genetic counselors and NSGC; she was instrumental in promoting the profession in its early years and in securing financial support for numerous initial projects and publications. NSGC established this award in 1994. The annual award honors one outstanding member who has served NSGC with exemplary national achievements and volunteer activities on behalf of NSGC and the profession.


The George S. & Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation has awarded 30 genetic counseling fellowships from 2006-2010. Once again, this year the foundation awarded 6 genetic counseling fellowships. Students report that the fellowships make our program more competitive in recruiting quality applicants and have substantially eased their financial burden. We are extremely pleased with our students’ achievements and believe that these grants have been a critical factor in their success.


2009 – Two students in the class of 2009 win research awards!

Our program also accomplished an important milestone this year when we received full accreditation from the American Board of Genetic Counseling for the maximum time possible (6 years). 2008