Our Lab

Aaron Quinlan (he/him) is the Colby Endowed Professor of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He also co-directs the DELPHI Biomedical Data Science Initiative and the Utah Center for Genetic Discovery. He is passionate about genome biology, genome data science, and squash (the sport). For more details, refer to his CV.

Lab as of August 2023

Lab culture

Our lab’s culture and mentorship approach seeks to nurture creativity, scientific independence, and rigor. Our lab motto is “Know thy data”.

We strive to create a collaborative, friendly, and respectful lab culture that encourages open communication and values team science.

Our code of conduct requires that lab members are expected to: Be kind, Be aware, Become an expert, Be autodidactic, Be helpful, Be safe, Be organized, Be professional, Be responsible, Be punctual, Be responsive, Be prepared.

Postdoctoral fellows

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Harriet Dashnow
K99/R00 NHGRI Fellow
Michael Goldberg
T32 Fellow in Genomic Medicine

Graduate students

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John Chamberlin
NLM T15 Fellow
Laurel Hiatt (they/he)
F30 Fellow (NICHD)
Joshua Major-Mincer
NLM T15 Fellow
Jason Kunisaki
T32 Genetics Fellow

Staff scientists

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Brent Pedersen
Tom Sasani (he/him)
Peter McHale
Suchita Lulla
Tom Nicholas


Graduate students

Name Current position
Stephanie Kravitz Computational Biologist at 10X Genomics
Jon Belyeu Bioinformatics Scientist at Illumina
Michael Cormier Bioinformatics Scientist at Fabric Genomics
Jim Havrilla Director of Informatics at Pathnostics

Postdoctoral fellows

Name Current position
Amelia Wallace Data Scientist at Adaptive Biotechnologies
Brian Lohman Bioinformatics Scientist at Quest Diagnostics
Ryan Layer Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Uma Paila Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia

Staff scientists

Name Current position
Hao Hou
Joe Brown Data Scientist at Invitae
Meenal Gupta
Neil Kindlon Programmer/Analyst at the Jackson Laboratories

Undergraduate researchers

Name Current position
John Rubinski
Phanwadee Sinthong