Leadership Bios

Philip Payne

Dustin Baldridge, MD, PhD


Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics and Genomic Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis

Dustin Baldridge, MD, PhD, is a board-certified pediatrician conducting full-time translational genomics research at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Baldridge is committed to helping children with underlying genetic disorders receive a molecular diagnosis. He completed his combined MD/PhD training at Baylor College of Medicine, postgraduate training in Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and one year of service as a Chief Resident at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. As a successfully funded NHGRI K08 awardee focused in the areas of genomic medicine and functional genomics, he is leading a team that is solving a fundamental problem in human genetics, namely the overwhelming number of Variants of Uncertain Significance (VUS) generated via exome and genome sequencing. He also serves as a co-investigator for the Washington University Model Organism Screening Center (wuMOSC) of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), where his responsibilities include assessing candidate gene variants from a human genetics perspective and assisting in the identification of the most appropriate model organism (worm, fly, or fish) in which to model the variant.