Genetics Department News

January 2018

Weight flux alters molecular profile

Stanford scientists have found links between changes in a person’s weight and shifts in their microbiome, immune system and cardiovascular system.

A paper describing the work was published online Jan. 17 in Cell Systems. The lead authors are Stanford postdoctoral scholars Wenyu Zhou, PhD, and Hannes Röst, PhD; staff scientist Kévin Contrepois, PhD; and former postdoctoral scholar Brian Piening, PhD. Senior authorship is shared by Michael Snyder, PhD, professor of genetics at Stanford; Tracey McLaughlin, MD, professor of medicine at Stanford; and George Weinstock, PhD, professor and director of microbial genomics at the Jackson Laboratory, an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution.

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October 2017

The Departments of Genetics and Pathology invite applications to fill UP TO THREE TENURE-TRACK POSITIONS at the ASSISTANT, ASSOCIATE, and/or FULL PROFESSOR level. Faculty Rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

We seek outstanding scientists with innovative research programs in any area of genetics, genomics and other “omics”, and precision health. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree and a clear record of creative achievement. The predominant criteria for appointment in the University Tenure Line are a major commitment to research and to teaching.


Although all areas will be considered, we are particularly interested in candidates with an outstanding record of achievement in developing or using innovative approaches for basic, translational and clinical sciences in the broad areas of genetics, genomics and other “omics”, and precision health. Candidates should be highly interactive, are expected to run a successful, independent research program of excellence and to participate in teaching and other activities of the departments.

The Departments of Genetics and Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine already have several jointly appointed faculty and offer a highly collegial and interdisciplinary environment that spans clinical medicine, translational medicine, human genetics, computational biology, model-organism genetics, microbial genetics, gene regulation, models of disease and genome-scale approaches. For more information see: and

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Candidates are encouraged to apply electronically by December 1st, 2017 with curriculum vitae, a brief cover letter, a 3-page statement of research plans, and the names of three references, in one pdf file, with your last name in the subject lines to:

Applicants for the position at the Assistant Professor rank should also arrange to have three letters of evaluation sent to:

Thomas Montine, Chair Department of Pathology
Mike Snyder, Chair Department of Genetics
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October 2017

Study uncovers mutation that supercharges tumor-suppressor

Cancer researchers have long hailed p53, a tumor-suppressor protein, for its ability to keep unruly cells from forming tumors. But for such a highly studied protein, p53 has hidden its tactics well.

Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have tapped into what makes p53 tick, delineating a clear pathway that shows how the protein mediates anti-tumor activity in pancreatic cancer. The team’s research also revealed something unexpected: A particular mutation in the p53 gene amplified the protein’s tumor-fighting capabilities, creating a “super tumor suppressor.”

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October 2017

Tissue-specific gene expression uncovered, linked to disease

Understanding how a person’s DNA sequence affects gene expression in various tissues reveals the molecular mechanisms of disease. Stanford scientists involved in the National Institutes Health’s GTEx project have published some of their insights.

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May 2017

John Pringle and Anne Villeneuve elected to National Academy of Sciences  

Three Stanford researchers are among the 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The new members from Stanford are Dominique Bergmann, PhD, professor of biology; John Pringle, PhD, professor of genetics; and Anne Villeneuve, PhD, professor of developmental biology and of genetics. Full story..

February 2017

$10.5 million awarded to researchers to work on DNA encyclopedia

Stanford’s William Greenleaf, Michael Bassik, Michael Snyder, Jonathan Pritchard and Michael Cherry have won grants to work on the federally funded Encyclopedia of DNA Elements. Full story..

January 2017

Wearable sensors can tell when you are getting sick

New research from Stanford shows that fitness monitors and other wearable biosensors can tell when an individual’s heart rate, skin temperature and other measures are abnormal, suggesting possible illness. Full story..

Department Chair

"Genetics and genomics are undergoing an unparalleled revolution: our mission is to continue to lead this revolution for a better understanding of biology and human health."

Michael Snyder, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

About Us

An underlying theme in our Department is that genetics is not merely a set of tools but a coherent and fruitful way of thinking about biology and medicine. To this end, we emphasize a spectrum of approaches based on molecules, organisms, populations, and genomes.

We provide training through laboratory rotations, dissertation research, seminar series, didactic and interactive coursework, and an annual three-day retreat of nearly 200 students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff.

The mission of the Department includes education and teaching as well as research; graduates from our program pursue careers in many different venues including research in academic or industrial settings, health care, health policy, and education. We are especially committed to increasing diversity within the program, and to the training of individuals from traditionally underrepresented minority groups to apply.

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