Training Faculty

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Tamim Shaikh, PhD Graduate Program Director

Copy number variation in developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, and related conditions. Genome structure, rearrangements and evolution.

Tamim Shaikh's Faculty Profile


Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, PhD

Genetics of bone formation, bone quality, and osteoporosis.

Ackert-Bicknell Lab Website


Kristin Artinger, PhD

Developmental genetics of the neural crest.


Kathleen Barnes, PhD

Personalized medicine, evolutionary genetics of human populations, and the genetics of asthma.


Emily Bates, PhD

Molecular mechanisms of pediatric disorders.


Neil Box, PhD

Genetics of pigmentation and melanoma risks.


Martin Breuss, PhDGenomic and cellular mosaicism: 1] its role in and impact on disease; 2] its use as a lineage markMartin.Breuss@cuanschutz.edu

Katrina Claw, Ph.D

Pharmacogenomics, genomic studies of nicotine metabolism, ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomic research, genomic variation in health and disease.


David Clouthier, PhD

Genetics of craniofacial and cardiovascular development.


Joaquin Espinosa, PhD

Genomics and tumor suppressor and oncogenes in cancer biology, trisomy 21 and Down syndrome.


Tasha E. Fingerlin, PhD

Association studies of complex disorders; type 2 diabetes mellitus


Curt R. Freed, MD

Genetic causes of Parkinson's disease. Modeling human genetic diseases with patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells.


Christopher Gignoux, PhD

Interests in applications of population genetic theory, statistical modeling, and algorithmic development to improve large-scale, trans-ethnic, and biobank studies.


Audrey Hendricks, PhD

Statistical method development and application: (1) to increase the utility of large, publicly available genetic databases and (2) for longitudinal, ‘omics studies.


Larry Hunter, PhD

Bioinformatics and computational biology.


Colleen G. Julian, PhDHuman genetic adaptation and physiologic responses to the hypoxia of high altitude; hypoxia-related vascular disorders of pregnancy.Colleen.Julian@cuanschutz.edu

Katerina Kechris, PhD

Development and application of statistical methods for analyzing -omics data sets.


Ethan Lange, PhDStudy design for gene-mapping studies, including the use of multistage study designs and the use of public genetic resources to improve power for gene discovery. Ethan.Lange@cuanschutz.edu

Leslie Lange, PhD

Research focuses on the genetic epidemiology of complex traits, primarily regarding cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and pulmonary-related phenotypes.


Amanda Law, PhD

Genetics of psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and behavioral disorders.

The Neurodevelopmental and Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Lab


James T. Nichols, PhD

Craniofacial developmental genetics and genetic resilience.


Paul J. Norman, PhD

Immunogenetics; genetic variation that underpins our differential responses to infection.


Jill Norris, PhD

The genetic epidemiology of autoimmune diseases and the nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics of type 1 diabetes.


David Pollock, PhD

Evolutionary genomics


Huntington Potter, PhD

Neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's Disease, and trisomy 21/Down Syndrome.


Richard Radcliffe, PhD

CNS gene expression in genetic differences in acute alcohol sensitivity and tolerance.


Sridharan Raghavan, MD, PhDStudy the causes and consequences of cardiometabolic diseases and anthropometric traits, particularly focused on type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetes complications, height, and adiposity. Sridharan.Raghavan@cuanschutz.edu

Marian Rewers, MD, PhD

Etiology, epidemiology and clinical outcomes of type 1 diabetes & cardiovascular complications of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


Dennis Roop, PhD

Genetics of skin disease and skin development: stem cell biology.


Holger Russ, PhD

The Russ labs' research focuses on elucidating the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms that result in the development of autoimmune diabetes in humans. The lab uses stem cell technology and human primary tissues in conjugation with genome engineering to address previously inaccessible biological questions.

Russ Lab Website


Stephanie Santorico, PhD

Methods and Designs in Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology including High-Dimensional Data, Multivariate Statistical Inference, Genetic Risk Prediction, and Disease Sub-typing, Variance Components Methods, Multivariate Linkage, Family-Based Association Tests, and Meta-Analysis.

Santorico Website


Regie Santos-Cortez MD, PhD

Otolaryngology, Identify novel genes for otitis media susceptibility.

Santos-Cortez Lab Website


David Schwartz, MD, PhD

Genetics and epigenetics of environmental lung disease


Max Seibold, PhD

Genetics/Genomic Analysis of the Airway Epithelium in Asthma


James Sikela, PhD

Genome variation in human evolution and disease


Kelly D. Sullivan, PhD

Interferon signaling in Down syndrome


Matthew Taylor, MD, PhD

Genetics studies of inherited cardiomyopathies, polycystic kidney disease, intellectual disabilities, hereditary vascular diseases, Barth syndrome, Danon disease, and lysosomal storage diseases


Johan Van Hove, MD, PhD

Biochemical genetics, mitochondrial diseases, and neurogenetics


Trevor Williams, PhD

Transcriptional control of development and cancer


Ivana Yang, PhD

Genetic and biological determinants of environmental and occupational lung disease


Michael Yeager, PhD

Yeager Lab Website


Non-Training Faculty

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Erin E. Austin, PhD Building statistical tools to analyze associations between genetic data and phenotypic data. Discover/cultivate interests in electronic health record data, network analysis in the PheWAS setting, gene- variant-level testing of single or muiltiple traits Erin.E.Austin@UCDENVER.EDU
Peter Baker II, MD Clinical Genetics and Metabolism, Maternal obesity effects offspring energy sensing and metabolism Peter.BakerII@cuanschutz.edu
Judith Gault, PhD Genetics of cerebral vascular malformations Judith.Gault@cuanschutz.edu
Nancy Hadley-Miller, PhD Genetics idiopathic scoliosis complex orthopedic disorders Nancy.Hadley-Miller@cuanschutz.edu
Greggory LaBerge, PhD Forensic Genetics Greggory.LaBerge@cuanschutz.edu
Sandra Martin, PhD Molecular evolutionary genetics Sandy.Martin@cuanschutz.edu
Shawn E. McCandless, MD Pathophysiology and Treatment of Medium-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency Shawn.Mccandless@cuanschutzedu
Luisa Mestroni, MD Genetics of adult heart disease; cardiomyopathies Luisa.Mestroni@cuanschutz.edu
York E. Miller, MD Mouse models of lung cancer risk; Use of genetically modified mice to assess potential lung cancer chemoprevention strategies York.Miller@cuanschutz.edu
Tzu Phang, Ph.D.Bioinformatics education.Tzu.Phang@cuanschutz.edu
Elaine Spector, PhD Clinical molecular genetics, the transition of research findings to clinical testing Elaine.Spector@cuanschutz.edu

Richard Spritz, MD

Professor Emeritus

Mapping, discovery, and function of disease genes affecting skin, autoimmunity, and craniofacial developmentRichard.Spritz@cuanschutz.edu
Janet Thomas, MD Clinical genetics, biochemical genetics, and genetic counseling Thomas.Janet@childrenscolorado.org