What can you do with a degree from IPHG?

​Our Institute for Public Health Genetics Alumni have found positions at many employers, including:

  • Federal Way Public Schools
  • Seattle Genetics
  • Post Doc at UW - Global Health
  • Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, Law Firm
  • UW Tacoma - Neuroeconomics
  • Bedford lab
  • UW School of Pharmacy
  • Project Manager (Research) San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle Children's Research Institute
  • Georgetown University, MD student
  • Business Analyst and Info Senior Manager at Amgen, Los Angeles
  • Clinical Specialist at Ambry Genetics
  • Program Assistant II, Fred Hutch, Seattle
  • Senior Project Coordinator at Seattle Children's
  • Outreach manager at UW interdisciplinary Center for Exposures
  • MD Student, UC Davis
  • Kaiser Permanente, Research Division
  • Group Health Research Institute, Research Associate
  • Assistant Professor at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta Georgia
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
  • Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University
  • Program Manager at BIO Ventures for Global Health, Seattle
  • UW School of Dentistry, National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory
  • Wealth Management Professional, Cary North Carolina - Previously, Merrill Lynch, UW Applied Physics Lab
  • Post Doc at UCSF - Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research- San Francisco CA.
  • Research Engineer at UW, Genetics Analysis Center
  • Independent Consultant at Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Kirkland WA
  • Assistant Professor at University of Chicago
  • Epidemiologist at National Human Genome Research Institute, Washington D.C.
  • MD Student, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
  • User Experience Researcher at Google, Seattle
  • Variant Curation Specialist at Recombine, Greater New York City Area
  • Research Coordinator in Global Health, UW  Seattle
  • Graduate Student, UW Virology Clinic
  • Research Associate, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Systems Analyst Programmer at Fred Hutch, Seattle
  • Research Assistant, MD Student at Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • California Prenatal Screening Program, CA
  • Health Researcher, UW Surgical Outcomes Research Center, Seattle
  • Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UW
  • Program and Administrative Manager at the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Seattle
  • Research Scientist, UW, Seattle
  • Public Engagement Manager at Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
  • Senior Fellow at the UW School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics


Recent Graduate Profiles

Charleen Adams

PhD Public Health Genetics

Charleen, currently a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a geneticist, epidemiologist, and computational biologist with training in linguistics, cancer research, and nucleolar biology. She studies everything from molecules to behavior, using transcriptomic Mendelian randomization, epigenetics, and machine learning. Her aims are to discover novel regulatory causes of diseases in human populations and to understand what makes us who we are and why we age. At the UW, her dissertation combined epigenetics and ethics. She explored DNA methylation in shift workers (with Dr. Parveen Bhatti) and the ethical landscape of working at night (with Dr. Wylie Burke).

Areas of Interest:
  • differential genome-wide DNA methylation in association with nightshift work

Jacklyn Dahlquist

MPH, Public Health Genetics

Jacklyn recently completed her MPH in Public Health Genetics. Her interests are prenatal testing and newborn screening and bioethics. 

Areas of Interest:
  • Prenatal testing and newborn screening
  • Bioethics

William Gordon

MS Genetic Epidemiology

William is an MSGE alum interested in the social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics in the clinical setting.

Areas of Interest:
  • Social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics

Shira Grayson

MPH Public Health Genetics

Shira is an MPH genetics alum interested in the genetic, nutritional, environmental, and behavioral factors that influence disease risk and prevention. She received her B.S. in Biology and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Since then, she has worked at the University of Minnesota as a research assistant in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, at two non-profit health organizations in Minneapolis coordinating health advocacy and education initiatives, and at the International Society for Stem Cell Research in Chicago.

Areas of Interest:
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Epigenetics & nutrigenomics
  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of genetics

Taryn Hall

PhD Public Health Genetics

Taryn Hall’s research interests are focused on precision phenotyping, gene identification, risk and phenotype prediction, and the translation of genetic discoveries to society.  She has several domains of interest including: chronic pain, medically unexplained conditions, disorders in pregnancy, precision medicine, and forensic genetics.

Areas of Interest:
  • precision phenotyping, gene identification, risk and phenotype prediction
  • chronic pain, medically unexplained conditions, disorders in pregnancy, precision medicine, and forensic genetics
  • translation of genetic discoveries to society

M. Ragan Hart

MS Genetic Epidemiology
PhD Public Health Genetics

M. Ragan Hart, holds an MS in Genetic Epidemiology and a PhD in Public Health Genetics from IPHG at UW, where she investigated gene-environment interactions in patients using warfarin.Currently working in Medical Genetics, she recognizes a myriad of factors exist in the implementation of clinical sequencing into healthcare, and thus, her research interests lie at the intersection of health economics, clinical validation, and health policy.

Areas of Interest:
  • The intersection of health economics, clinical validation, and health policy

Thyvu Mai

MPH Public Health Genetics

Prior to joining the UW community, Thyvu worked as a clinical laboratory scientist diagnosing genetic disorders. Drawing upon her clinical background and public health interests, she is pursuing an MPH in PHG with the goal of expanding her role in health promotion beyond the laboratory setting to more direct community interventions.

Areas of Interest:
  • Health promotion beyond the laboratory setting

Sarah Catherine Nelson

MPH Public Health Genetics
PhD Public Health Genetics

Sarah Catherine Nelson is an alum of the Public Health Genetics MPH and PhD progrmas and works as a Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics’ Genetic Analysis Center. Her dissertation examines how customers of direct-to-consumer genetic testing are using their uninterpreted genetic data. Sarah writes about her dissertation work and related topics on her blog at myopenreadingframe.com(link is external).   

Areas of Interest:
  • Direct-to-consumer testing
  • Raw data access
  • Third-party interpretation
  • Science, Technology, and society studies

Elizabeth Oestreich

MPH Public Health Genetics

Elizabeth Oestreich, MPH alum, is interested in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) around genetics. She completed her BS in Biology at UW in 2016. She is currently serving as a student representative for the department, a GPSS senator, a member of the Deans Advisory Committee for Students (DACS), and a member of the Services and Activity Fee (SAF) committee. In her free time she is a mother of 2 and a wife.

Areas of Interest:
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) around genetics

Alice B. Popejoy

PhD Public Health Genetics

Alice B. Popejoy, PhD in Public Health Genetics, has a B.A. from Hamilton College in Biology and French and earned a Certificate in Statistical Genetics from the departments of Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Washington. Her research in Public Health Genetics is interdisciplinary across computational biology and bioinformatics, protein family evolution, statistical genetics, and bioethics. She is graduating in Autumn 2017 and will begin a postdoctoral scholar position with Dr. Carlos Bustamante in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Stanford University.

Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative evolutionary genomics
  • Photoreceptor gene families (opsins)
  • Race, ancestry, and genomics
  • Ethical, legal, social implications (ELSI) of genetics research

McKenna Tennant

MPH Public Health Genetics

McKenna Tennant, MPH in Public Health Genetics, is interested in policy issues in genomics. Her particular interests include the regulation of genetic tests; coverage and reimbursement of clinical sequencing; and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic research and technologies, specifically with regard to accessibility and health disparities. McKenna holds a BA in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health from Yale University, where she studied the history of genetic engineering and government regulation of transgenic animals.

Areas of Interest:
  • Policy issues in genomics Ethical, legal, and social implications

Kathleen (Kate) West

PhD Public Health Genetics

Kate West's dissertation draws from a virtue and feminist ethics framework in a mixed methods study of trustworthy research practices within partnerships between communities and university-based researchers, including specific considerations for genomics. For more information about her work, please visit 

Areas of Interest:
  • Trustworthy research practices within partnerships between communities and university-based researchers