School of Public Health

Jarvik, Gail

Gail Pairitz Jarvik

Professor, Medical Genetics
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


MD University of Iowa, 1987
PhD Genetics, University of Michigan, 1986

Contact Info

Box 357720
UWMC, Medicine/Medical Genetics
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-221-3974

Head, Division of Medical Genetics
The Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine
Joint Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences


Medical Genetics -
Genome Sciences -
Northwest Institute of Genetic Medicine -

Research Interests

Dr. Jarvik is a Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She is an internist and clinical medical geneticist, and is active in the field of biomedical ethics. Dr. Jarvik specializes in the mathematical genetics of complexly inherited human disease. She does highly collaborative theoretical and applied work in the genetic etiology of cardiovascular disease, dementia and intellectual function, and cancer using careful attention to biology. Dr. Jarvik is actively investigating the implementation of genomics in clinical care.

Research Areas 

In The News

Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, your skin and your smoking habits
Los Angeles Times, 02/12/2016

Uncoding the Risk
The Daily, 12/04/2013

UW Research: Will Mapping Parents' DNA Help Offspring or Just Freak People Out?, 09/30/2013