Anita E. Beck

Anita E. Beck, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Human Genetics (Bamshad Lab)

University of Washington
Box 356320
Seattle, WA 98195-6320
Phone: 206 987-5201
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Research interests: Birth defects of the limbs and ears

Dr. Beck’s overall research interests are in the elucidation of the genetic causes underlying birth defects in children, specifically malformations of the limbs and ears. For the limb project, Dr. Beck works with Dr. Bamshad in studying contracture syndromes that involve the hands and feet. In these distal arthrogryposis syndromes (for example, Freeman-Sheldon syndrome and Sheldon-Hall syndrome), we look for mutations in genes that cause the hand and foot contractures. Because most of these causative genes make proteins that are part of the contraction apparatus of skeletal muscle, Drs. Beck and Bamshad collaborate with Dr. Mike Regnier in UW’s Department of Bioengineering to understand the changes in muscle function found in people with limb contractures. Furthermore, we are applying the lessons learned from inherited contracture syndromes to study isolated limb contractures such as clubfoot.

For the ear project, Dr. Beck has a long-standing interest in ear malformations that are inherited in families. Specifically, two conditions that Dr. Beck studies are the oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAVS) and isolated familial microtia. The genetic contributions to these two ear malformation syndromes are not yet well understood. However, the autosomal dominant inheritance patterns of these birth defects make them good candidates for gene discovery.

Faculty and Staff Directory

Division Chief

Bamshad, Michael J., MD


Adam, Margaret L.P., MD
Beck, Anita E., MD, PhD
Beier, David Randolph, MD, PhD
Bennett, James, MD PhD
Cherry, Timothy, PhD
Dipple, Katrina, MD
Dobyns, William B., MD
Doherty, Daniel A., MD, PhD
Glass, Ian A., MD, MB ChB
Hahn, Sihoun, MD, PhD
Hing, Anne V., MD
Lam, Christina, MD
Mefford, Heather C., MD, PhD
Merritt, J. Lawrence, MD
Millen, Kathleen J., PhD
Miller, Daniel G., MD, PhD
Mirzaa, Ghayda, MD
Osborne, William R.A., PhD
Pagon, Roberta A., MD
Scott, C. Ronald, MD
Sun, Angela, MD
Walker, Jr., William O., MD
Wallace, Stephanie E., MD


Aldinger, Kim, PhD
Carvill, Gemma, PhD
Chong, Jessica X, PhD
Gallego, Jabier, PhD
Geister, Krista, PhD
Ha, Seungshin, PhD
Myers, Candace, PhD
O'Day, Diana, PhD
Yu, Joon-Ho, MPH, PhD

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

Earl, Dawn L., ARNP

Genetic Counselors

Conta, Jessie, MS, CGC
Golden-Grant, Katie L, MS, CGC
Jamal, Seema M., MSc, CGC, CCGC
Ramsdell, Linda, MS, CGC
Schubert, Penny, MS, CGC
Sternen, Darci, MS, CGC
Uhrich, Stefanie, MS, CGC

Research Staff

Amell, Amanda M., BS
Bacus, Tamara J., BS
Bofferding, Kathryn, BS
Buckingham, Kati, BS
Buroker, Norman E., PhD
Cook, Joseph, MS
Dempsey, Jennifer C., MPH
Elliott, Susan E.
Frasher, Vicki A.
Garretson, Janet, MSW
Gildersleeve, Heidi, MS
Harrell, Tanya, BS
Heard, Jeff, BS
Heffernan, Janie, MS, RD
Huang, Jie-Yu, PhD
Lam, Jennfier P., MS
McMillin, Maggie J., BS
Musick, Katie, BA
Ogata, Beth, MS, RD, CSP
Person, Richard E.
Petek, Lisa, BS
Phelps, Ian, BS
Ragothaman, Kevin, BS
Shanker, Aditi, BA
Trahms, Cristine M., MS, RD
Wu, Zaining

Division Administrative Staff

Chin, Eileen, BA (Acc)
Sun , -Amy