Ellen M. Wijsman, Professor, received a B.S. in Biology (1975), from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in Population Genetics (1981), from the Genetics Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics, Stanford University from 1981-1984, and a research associate from 1984-1987. In 1987 she joined the faculty at the University of Washington in the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, and was promoted to Associate and full Professor in 1992, and 1997, respectively. Since 1993 she has held a joint appointment in the Department of Biostatistics, and the Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine. She is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Genome Sciences.
She currently serves on the Emerging Genetic Studies advisory panel of the Jackson Heart Study, on the NHLBI Large-Scale genotyping cohorts oversights committee, on the Observational Study Monitoring Board for the National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions, and on the Genetic Analysis Workshop advisory committee. She recently completed terms of service on the editorial board of The American Journal of Human Genetics and on the editorial board of Genetic Epidemiology, as well as on the National Institute of Aging Board of Scientific Counselors. She has served as president of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society in 2005, and also in 2005 completed terms on the NHLBI Mammalian Genotyping Service review panel, the Center for Inherited Disease (CIDR) Access Committee, and the NHLBI observational safety and monitoring board of the Family Blood Pressure program.