Initiative in Social Genomics

The Initiative in Social Genomics is one of six successful proposals for Cluster Hires at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The aim is for UW to become home to the largest and most innovative group of researchers pursuing topics in Social Genomics in the world. The Initiative in Social Genomics is one example of efforts being made on campus to expand research into genomics. In the fall of 2018, the University will be opening the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine.

As part of the new Cluster Hiring Initiative in Social Genomics, an interdisciplinary group of scholars is seeking to hire three new tenure-track faculty members, all with appointments in relevant home departments, with expertise and interests in Social Genomics, defined as a field of research that integrates theories, data, and methods across the social, health, and genetic sciences.

These areas of interest are broadly characterized in three new tenure-track faculty searches in Social Genomics. See the flyer or the links below for more information on the position vacancy listings for the new positions.


Social Genomics Cluster Leadership

Corinne D. Engelman

Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences

Research interests

Aging and the Life Course, Impacts of Place on Aging Processes, and Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Jason Fletcher

Professor, Public Affairs and Sociology

Research interests

Aging and the Life Course, Biodemography, Determinants of Disparities of Aging Trajectories, Health Economics and Health Services Research, and Impacts of Place on Aging Processes

James Li

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Research Interests: Biodemography

Qiongshi Lu

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics

Research interest