Leah Solberg Woods, PhD

Investigator, Children's Research Institute
Assistant professor, Pediatrics/Genomics, Medical College of Wisconsin

Office Locations

8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-2354
(414) 955-6538 (fax)



  • Genomic Pediatrics

Research interests

  • Diabetes/obesity
  • Genetic diseases/genomics

Study interests

  • Genetics of type 2 diabetes


  • Doctorate, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2002; post-doctoral fellow, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (Jonathan Flint), University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 2004
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Human and Molecular Genetics Center (Howard Jacob), Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007

Education & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 1995
  • Alpha Zeta Mu Academic Honor Society, 1995
  • Academic Scholarship, Central College, Pella, IA, 1995
  • Iowa Psychological Association Scholarship Award, 1994
  • 2nd place Award, Great Plains Annual Psychology Convention, Chicago, 1994
  • Nussbaum Award, Neuroscience Day Presentation, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2001
  • Travel Scholarship, Keystone Symposium, Breckenridge, CO, 2004
  • Travel Scholarship Short Course on Complex Trait Analysis, Jackson Laboratories, MA, 2006
  • Travel Scholarship, Rat Genome Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 2006

Research & Publications

  • Integrative Biology of Childhood Kidney Disease, National Institutes of Health, pilot and feasibility recipient
  • Genome-wide Fine-mapping of Metabolic Traits in Heterogenerous Stock Rats, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease, principal investigator
  • Next Generation Sequencing to Identify Candidate Variants Involved in Glucose Regulation, Children's Research Institute, principal investigator
  • Gene Expression in HS Rats to Identify Novel Genes and Pathways Involved in Glucose Regulation, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin: Research for a Healthier Tomorrow, principal investigator
  • Fine-mapping NIDDM1 using Heterogeneous Stock Rats, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease, principal investigator

Representative publications

  • Valdar W, Solberg LC, Gauguier D, Burnett, S Klenerman , P, Cookson WO, Taylor MS, Rawlins JN, Mott R, Flint J. Genome-wide Genetic Association of Complex Traits in Heterogeneous Stock Mice. Nature Genetics. 2006; 38(8):879-87
  • Nobrega MA*, Solberg Woods LC*, Fleming S, Jacob HJ. Distinct Genetic Regulation of the Progression of Diabetes and Renal Disease in the Gogo-Kakizaki (GK) rat. Physiological Genomics. 2009; 39(1):38-46. *These authors contributed equally to this work
  • Solberg Woods LC, Ahmadiyeh N, Baum A, Shimomura K, Li Q, Steiner DF, Turek FW, Takahashi JS, Churchill GA, Redei EE. Identification of Genetic Loci Involved in Diabetes Using a Rat Model of depression. Mammalian Genome. 2009; 20(8):486-97. PMCID: 2775460
  • Solberg Woods LC, Holl K, Tschannen M, Valdar W. Fine-mapping a Locus for Glucose Tolerance using Heterogeneous Stock Rats. Physiological Genomics. 2010; 3:41(1):102-8. PMCID: 2841497. http://www.scivee.tv/node/16585
  • Solberg Woods LC, Stelloh C, Regner KR, Schwabe T, Eisenhauer J, Garrett MR. Heterogeneous Stock Rats: A New Model to Study the Genetics of Renal Phenotypes. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology. 2010; 298(6):F1484-91. PMCID: 2886820
  • Solberg Woods LC, Woods BC, Leitschuh CM, Laurie SJ, Jacob HJ. Rat Chromosome 8 Confers Protection Against Dylipidemia cause by a High Fat/Low Carbohydrate Diet. Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. 2012, 5:81-93