Initiative in Social Genomics | ISG
The Initiative in Social Genomics (ISG) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison aims to become home to the largest and most innovative group of researchers pursuing topics in social genomics in the world. Integrating social science and genetic research, ISG researchers study how genes are linked with human behavior and socio-economic outcomes, how genes and environments interact (GxE), and how external social conditions influence basic internal biological processes—specifically, gene expression. Their findings add to the body of evidence that humans’ molecular composition can be shaped by social-environmental experiences.
Advances in genomics over the last two decades allow current researchers to ask new questions and to approach old questions in new ways
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By Philipp Koellinger, Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs
Social Genomics at the University of Wisconsin
ISG researchers and visiting scholars present their findings at conferences, workshops, and weekly seminars. Click on the boxes below to access video recordings.
The Social Genomics research group will meet weekly from 9:00–10:30 AM on Wednesdays during the 2022 spring semester. Meetings will be held in Room 1328 Sterling Hall and/or virtually.
The group welcomes guest presenters on:
• May 11 (NEW DATE) ǀ Emilie Courtin, Ph.D. (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), presents "The changing association between genetic risk and cognitive decline over time: An observational study in the United States and England"
Position Opening: Social Genomics Cluster Hire in Sociology
Assistant, Associate, or Professor
The University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications for a position focusing on the theme of “Implications of Social Genomics for Social and Public Policy.”