Humangenetics Students

Who We Are: Current Student Demographics

Students in our program come from all over the United States as well as from several foreign countries. There are currently 51 students in the Human Genetics Program distributed evenly among male and female. Twenty-six percent of students are married and 4% have started families.

Work Habits

Students work an average of 55 hours per week, but estimates range from 40 to 70 hours per week. This includes class, studying, teaching and lab work. Most students work at least one day during the weekend, although some only come in for a few hours. Most students take at least two weeks off during the year, some as many as six, with an average of about three and a half.

Outside Interests

Our program is made up of a diverse group of people with many different interests and experiences. Some of the students choose to spend their free time outdoors camping, hiking or biking. Many enjoy participating in sports such as soccer, softball or volleyball. Others enjoy singing, theatre or dance. Some visit museums, or attend concerts, theatre productions or movies. Several students volunteer for various community service groups. Finally, some enjoy simply reading, playing video games or watching television.

Career Possibilities

Most students hope to do research, whether as faculty at academic institutions or as researchers in industry. Many students include teaching at universities, medical schools and small colleges as part of their career focus. Most are keeping their options open, however, considering such possibilities as public policy and education, law, ethics, consulting, genetic forensics and scientific writing.

Where We Go After Hopkins: Human Genetics Alumni

The following is a partial list of recent graduates of the Human Genetics program, including their position and institution:

  • Timothy Hefferon – post-doc, Dr. Eric Green, NHGRI
  • Kent Rohleder – post-doc, University of Kansas
  • Akash Nanda – residency, Harvard Medical School
  • Emily Niemitz – Assistant Editor, Nature Genetics
  • Rebecca Osthus – Science Policy Analyst, American Physiological Society
  • Rivka Glaser – Instructor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Jerry Cai – post-doc, Mimi Jabs, Johns Hopkins
  • Jennifer Dunston – law school
  • Joshua Groman – Consultant, MEDA Corporation, Boston
  • Abigail Hackam – Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Adele Mitchell – post-doc, Mary Claire King, University of Washington
  • Brian Lewis – Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Shunbin Xu – Assistant Professor, Rush Hospital, Chicago
  • Kathy Hyland, Assistant Professor, UC San Francisco
  • John Engelhart, Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Iowa
  • Sarah Wheelan – post-doc, Jef Boeke, Johns Hopkins
  • Lisa Olson – Assistant Professor, University of the Redlands
  • Dan Warren, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins
  • Josh Mendell, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins
  • Ann Heinzer – post-doc, Aravinda Chakravarti, Johns Hopkins
  • Dan Arking - Instructor, Johns Hopkins
  • Larry Brody – Senior Investigator, Genome Technology Branch Head, Molecular Pathogenesis Section, NHGRI
  • Matt Pletcher – post-doc, Novartis Research Foundation, San Diego
  • Ina Rhee – residency, Massachusetts General Hospital