The Initiative in Social Genomics (ISG) is one of six successful proposals in the first round of 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. Additionally, in the fall of 2018, the University also opened the Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine.
As part of the new Cluster Hiring Initiative in Social Genomics, an interdisciplinary group of scholars looked 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 were broadly characterized in three tenure-track faculty searches in Social Genomics. Lauren Schmitz joined UW in fall 2019 for the “Gene-Environment Interplay and/or Epigenetics” position. This September, UW welcomes Philipp Koellinger and Sam Trejo to fill the “Computational Approaches to Social Genomics” and “Implications of Social Genomics for Social and Public Policy” positions, respectively.