Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Director's Message

Welcome to the Center for Genetic Medicine.  This is a remarkably exciting time in the field of genetics because of the capacity for large scale DNA sequencing.  Technological advances now allow rapid and accurate determination of gene sequences, and it is now possible to uncover genome differences from simple organisms to people.  Human genomic variation harbors important information to help us make better health decisions, and our center is uniquely poised to build on its strong foundation and change the way genetic information is used in healthcare.

Research and Core Facilities

The research of our center reflects the diverse talent and collaborative spirit of the Northwestern University network.  Our faculty members represent 28 departments and programs across three Northwestern University schools and three Feinberg-affiliated healthcare institutions.

This extensive research enterprise is often supported by our three core facilities, offering investigators at Northwestern and beyond access to the equipment, technology, and expertise needed to deepen our understanding of genetics and how we can apply what we know to the practice of medicine. 


We believe in creating an environment where information about the advances in genetics is available to all. We offer many seminars, groups, and other events where faculty and leaders in the field of genetics can present to the Feinberg community and the general public.  The Center for Genetic Medicine serves as the home for our graduate program for a Master’s in Genetic Counseling.  Having the program within our center exposes students to latest discoveries, as well as all the unique clinical experiences that are available through Northwestern Medicine.

Thank you for your interest in our center. For more information, please contact us.

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD
Elizabeth J. Ward Professor
Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine