Jeanette McCarthy, MPH, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor


Jeanette McCarthy is a UC Berkeley trained genetic epidemiologist and spent the early part of her career in industry at Millennium Pharmaceuticals before transitioning to academia. She currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Duke University and UCSF. Her previous research had focused on the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases, both infectious, and chronic. More recently, she has become a leading educator in the field of genomic and precision medicine involved in demystifying genomics for non-technical audiences, including health care providers, patients and other stakeholders. In 2014 she helped launch the first consumer-facing magazine in this field, Genome, where she served as editor-in-chief. She teaches genomic and precision medicine through UCSF and UC Berkeley Extension and online through Coursera and Precision Medicine Academy ( She also designs and delivers custom workshops, symposia and webinars through her consulting business ( Jeanette is coauthor of the book, Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice.