Robert Weiss, Ph. D.
Dr. Robert Weiss is a Professor in the Department of Human Genetics. He received his BS in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD in Genetics from the University of Washington, studying the fidelity of protein synthesis. He did his post-doctoral work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory before joining the faculty of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, where his early research focused on technologies that contributed to sequencing the human genome. His later research efforts have involved studying the genetics and genomics of various human disorders, including hereditary cancers, nicotine dependence and numerous types of neuromuscular disorders. Through a collaborative effort, the United Dystrophinopathy Project, his laboratory developed and offers DNA diagnostics to patients afflicted with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). His current research efforts include discovering genetic modifiers of disease progression in patients with neuromuscular diseases using genome-wide association strategies.