HGG Advances Welcomes New Associate Editors

ASHG is pleased to announce the newest associate editors of the Human Genetics and Genomics (HGG Advances) Editorial Board. HGG Advances, the newest addition to the ASHG journal family, is an open-access journal that provides the latest, cutting edge research in human genetics and genomics. Associate editors will guide submissions through the review process, offering useful feedback and fitting new science into context. They will be guided by inaugural Editor-in-Chief Michael Bamshad, MD, of the University of Washington, who has served on the editorial boards of both the American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG) and the American Journal of Medical Genetics. Jessica Chong, PhD, of the University of Washington, has also been appointed as Deputy Editor. Each Associate Editor brings their own subject matter expertise and years of research experience to their new role with HGG Advances.

Casey Greene, PhD
Dr. Greene joins the HGG Advances team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where his lab develops computational tools that biologists can use to rigorously reanalyze data to offer additional insights. In 2016, he created the “Research Parasite Awards” in response to an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine that called scientists who analyze other scientists’ data “research parasites.”

Avni Santani, PhD
Dr. Santani currently serves as the Chief of Clinical Mendelian Genomics Service, Director of the Northwest Genomics Center Clinical Laboratory and Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on using technology and informatics to treat and discover rare genetic disorders.

Audrey Hendricks, PhD
Dr. Hendricks is a statistical geneticist and biostatistician at the University of Colorado Denver.  Her research spans a variety of health and disease projects that include work in large scale genetic, methylation, metabolomic, and expression studies, as well as more focused functional and model organism research. Recent applied and collaborative projects include understanding the mechanisms and mediators behind successful nutrition interventions in children and adults.

Simon Gravel, PhD
Dr. Gravel is an associate professor in Human Genetics at McGill University. His work focuses on creating mathematical, statistical, and computational models to learn about the causes and results of genetic variation in humans. In particular, he has worked on reconstructing human migrations from genetic data and on the consequences of genetic variation across populations on the accuracy and equity of genomic medicine.

Jen Wagner, JD, PhD
Dr. Wagner is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Translational Bioethics & Health Care Policy at Geisinger. Her research focuses on biases and discrimination, vulnerable populations, patient/participant engagement in research, and law and policy in healthcare.

Phillip J. Lupo, PhD, MPH
Dr. Lupo is an Associate Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lupo moved to the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in 2012 to develop a research program in the epidemiology of childhood cancer and has since become the Director of the Epidemiology Program in the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and Chair of the Epidemiology Committee in the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The goal of Dr. Lupo’s research is to discover factors that can be used in new prevention efforts and targeted interventions.

Rossa W.K. Chiu, MBBS, PhD
Dr. Chiu is the Choh-Ming Li Professor of Chemical Pathology and Associate Dean (Development) at the  Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her work centers around the analysis of circulating nucleic acids found in human plasma for the development of novel molecular diagnostics.

Elizabeth Bhoj, MD, PhD
Elizabeth Bhoj is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she works as a translational human geneticist. She established her laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania with the overarching goal of increasing the diagnostic rate of Mendelian diseases, including novel gene discovery, mechanistic understanding of new syndromes, and targeted therapy development.

Alexis Battle, PhD
Dr. Battle is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.  Her research group focuses on understanding the impact of genetic variation on the human body, using machine learning and probabilistic methods to analyze large scale genomic data.  She is interested in applications to personal genomics, genetics of gene expression, and gene networks in disease, leveraging diverse data to infer more comprehensive models of genetic effects on the cell.

Michael P. Epstein, PhD, MS
Dr. Epstein currently serves as a Professor of Human Genetics, Director of the Center for Computational and Quantitative Genetics at the Emory School of Medicine. His research focuses on statistical techniques for human gene mapping of complex traits.


This notable group of scientists will ensure the quality of research published in HGG Advances, whose first issue is due out this year. HGG Advances is currently seeking high quality research across a spectrum of human genetics and genomics. ASHG members receive a 20% discount on open access publication fees, so be sure to renew your membership before submission. Submit your paper today!

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