Expanding UW's expertise in the field of social genomics


The Initiative in Social Genomics (ISG) was one of six successful proposals selected in 2018 by UW’s Cluster Hiring Initiative—designed to foster collaboration across academic disciplines; ISG is just one example of efforts made on campus to broaden research into genomics.

ISG’s goal is to expand emerging expertise by integrating genetic and social and health science questions from multiple disciplinary backgrounds including health economics, genetic epidemiology, psychology, and statistical genetics.

Read ISG’s successful proposal

ISG Faculty Positions

Lauren Schmitz

UW’s Cluster Hiring Initiative created three new tenure-track faculty positions, all with appointments in relevant home departments, related to specific research themes in social genomics.

Professor Lauren Schmitz (Public Affairs) joined the UW faculty in fall 2019 to lead research on gene-environment interplay and epigenetics.

Schmitz, along with several other UW faculty across campus, spearheads the Initiative in Social Genomics.

Learn more about ISG leadership and researchers

Social Genomics Cluster Hire Opening

Assistant, Associate, or Professor

The University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications for a position in the area of Social Genomics, beginning August 2022.

Focusing on the theme of “Implications of Social Genomics for Social and Public Policy,” this position is the final of three hires as part of an interdisciplinary Cluster Hiring Initiative.

We are especially interested in candidates pursuing research that focus on social, medical and/or policy implications that stem from using genomic data.

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