Michael J. Bamshad

Michael J. Bamshad, MD

Division Chief and Professor

Clinical Genetics;
Director, Human Genetics (Bamshad Lab)

University of Washington
Box 357371
Seattle, WA 98195-7371
Phone: 206 221-4131
Email: mbamshad@uw.edu
Seattle Children's Profile

Research interests: Birth defects of limbs, Cardiovascular malformations

The aim of my research is to further understand and characterize the genetic components of developmental programs used to build human limbs and hearts. Our limb project is focused on identifying and cloning genes causing birth defects of the limbs. Some of the disorders we are working on are: Ulnar-Mammary Sydrome, Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, Ectrodactyly-Ectodermal Dysplasia Syndrome, Tarsal Carpal Coalition, Trismus Pseudocamptodactyly, ectrodactyly-tibial hemimelia, and Holt-Oram Syndrome. Our heart project is focused on identifying developmental programs that cause cardiovascular malformation by analyzing families in which left-sided lesions, conotruncal anomalies, and/or disturbances of left-right asymmetry are segregating. These approaches complement our work on the origin and affinities of anatomically modern humans. Eventually, these studies should provide us with a more comprehensive portrait of the evolution and development of anatomically modern humans.

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