Aaron Quinlan

Associate Professor of Human Genetics and
of Biomedical Informatics

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B.S. College of William and Mary

Ph.D. Boston College




Aaron Quinlan's Lab Page

Aaron Quinlan's PubMed Literature Search


Molecular Biology Program

Genomics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Human Genetics, Cancer Genomics, Rare disease genetics, Ovarian Cancer


Broadly speaking, my group’s research marries genetics and genomics techniques with computer science, machine learning, and engineering to develop new ways of gaining insight into genome biology and the genetic basis of traits. We try to tackle problems with practical importance to understanding genome variation, chromosome evolution and mining genetic variation for improved understanding of human disease. For more details about our research, the laboratory, and living in Utah, please visit quinlanlab.org


  1. Suna Onengut-Gumuscu,Wei-Min Chen, Oliver Burren, Nick J. Cooper, Aaron R. Quinlan, et. al. Fine mapping of type 1 diabetes susceptibility loci and evidence for colocalization of causal variants with lymphoid gene enhancers. Nature Genetics, (2015), 47(4): 381-6. doi: 10.1038/ng.3245
  2. Nicholas Loman and Aaron R. Quinlan. PORETOOLS: a toolkit for working with nanopore sequencing data from Oxford Nanopore. Bioinformatics, (2014), 30(23): 3399-401. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu555
  3. Ryan M Layer, Colby Chiang, Aaron R Quinlan, and Ira M Hall. LUMPY: a probabilistic framework for
    structural variant discovery. Genome Biology, (2014), 15(6): R84. doi:10.1186/gb-2014-15-6-r84
  4. Yi Qiao, Aaron R Quinlan, Amir A Jazaeri, Roeland GW Verhaak, David A Wheeler, and Gabor T Marth. SubcloneSeeker: a computational framework for reconstructing tumor clone structure for cancer variant interpretation and prioritization. Genome Biology, (2014),15(8): 443. doi: 10.1186/s13059-014-0443-x
  5. Umadevi Paila, Brad A. Chapman, Rory Kirchner, and Aaron R. Quinlan. GEMINI: Integrative Exploration of Genetic Variation and Genome Annotations. PLoS Computational Biology, (2013), 9(7): e1003153. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003153
  6. Ankit Malhotra, Michael Lindberg, Gregory G. Faust, Mitchell L. Leibowitz, Royden A. Clark, Ryan M. Layer, Aaron R. Quinlan, and Ira M. Hall. Breakpoint profiling of 64 cancer genomes reveals numerous complex rearrangements spawned by homology-independent mechanisms Genome Research, (2013), 23(5): 762-76. doi: 10.1101/gr.143677.112
  7. The 1000 Genomes Project Consortium. A map of human genome variation from population scale sequencing. Nature, (2011), 467(7319): 1061–1073. doi: 10.1038/nature09534

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