Uta Francke is professor of Genetics Emerita and Professor of Pediatrics - Medical Genetics at Stanford University. Her research has ranged from human and mouse chromosome identification and gene mapping to the discovery of genes involved in heritable disorders, studies of their functions and of disease-causing mechanisms. Applying genomic technologies to mammalian genetics research, her laboratory developed mouse models for human microdeletions, such as Prader-Willi and Williams-Beuren syndrome.
Dr. Francke holds an M.D. from the University of Munich, Germany. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, and in Clinical and Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics. She has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the recipient of the Antoine Marfan Award from the National Marfan Foundation, the Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the William Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. In 2014,, she received the Association for Molecular Pathology Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics. She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Association for Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a past-president of the American Society for Human Genetics and of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies, and a founding member of the American College of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Francke teaches medical and molecular genetics and sees patients in the Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Connective Tissue Disorders Clinic at Stanford.
Dr. Francke has served as a consultant to 23andMe.Inc since 2007, and as a part-time employee from 2010-2013. In her role a Senior Medical Director she was involved in the preparation of health report and in various research projects, foremost the study of consumer responses to receiving BRCA mutation results.