Aaron R Quinlan
Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Boston College where he focused on population genetics, new methods for emerging DNA sequencing technologies, and the discovery and characterization of genetic variation. He performed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia where he developed expertise in structural variation of mammalian genomes and somatic genome mutation. He started his laboratory at the University of Virginia in 2011 and began his faculty position at the University of Utah in early 2015. Broadly speaking, his research is focused on the development and application of new computational and statistical techniques for understanding the biology of the genome. His team tackles problems with practical importance to understanding genome variation, chromosome evolution and mining genetic variation related to human disease. Understanding the genome is a hard problem: we try to develop new approaches to gain insight into genome evolution in the context of disease.