Valerie Schaibley, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track)
Associate Director, Genetic Counseling Program
Administrator, Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic

2023 Women In Medicine and Science Awardee

Dr. Schaibley is the Administrator for the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine (TCAG2M), and the Associate Director of the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Arizona. In her role with TCAG2M, she provides administrative and scientific leadership to advance both the goals of the Center as well as the Precision Health Initiative at UAHS. Since 2016, she has also worked as part of the leadership team of the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program to develop the newly accredited master’s in Genetic Counseling program at the UA.

Dr. Schaibley received her PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan, studying patterns of mutation in the human genome using rare variant data obtained from high-throughput sequencing. She has extensive experience in scientific communications, project management, and precision medicine. Prior to joining UA, she worked in a precision medicine start-up company contributing to genetic testing product development, physician and patient-oriented genetic test reports, bioinformatic and data analysis pipelines, and scientific communication strategies.

Molecular Medicine Grad Program: 



Silva, P. J., V. M. Schaibley, and K. S. Ramos, "Academic medical centers as innovation ecosystems to address population -omics challenges in precision medicine.", J Transl Med, vol. 16, issue 1, pp. 28, 2018 02 15. PMCID: PMC5815198  PMID: 29448963


Schaibley, V. M., M. Zawistowski, D. Wegmann, M. G. Ehm, M. R. Nelson, P. L. St Jean, G. R. Abecasis, J. Novembre, S. Zöllner, and J. Z. Li, "The influence of genomic context on mutation patterns in the human genome inferred from rare variants.", Genome Res, vol. 23, issue 12, pp. 1974-84, 2013 Dec. PMCID: PMC3847768  PMID: 23990608


Bedoyan, J. Krikor, V. M. Schaibley, W. Peng, Y. Bai, K. Mondal, A. C. Shetty, M. Durham, J. A. Micucci, A. Dhiraaj, J. M. Skidmore, et al., "Disruption of RAB40AL function leads to Martin--Probst syndrome, a rare X-linked multisystem neurodevelopmental human disorder.", J Med Genet, vol. 49, issue 5, pp. 332-40, 2012 May. PMCID: PMC3350147  PMID: 22581972


Arlt, M. F., J. G. Mulle, V. M. Schaibley, R. L. Ragland, S. G. Durkin, S. T. Warren, and T. W. Glover, "Replication stress induces genome-wide copy number changes in human cells that resemble polymorphic and pathogenic variants.", Am J Hum Genet, vol. 84, issue 3, pp. 339-50, 2009 Mar. PMCID: PMC2667984  PMID: 19232554