Hanna Hutton

Hannah Florence Chen Hutton

Graduate Student

Department of Genetics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
422 Clinical Research Building
415 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6145


Research Interests

I am broadly interested in human population genetics and statistical methods development. More specifically, I am interested in inferring identity-by-descent, eQTL analysis and methods for admixture mapping.


Ph.D. student

Genomics & Computational Biology, August 2010 – present
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Advisors: Drs. Sarah Tishkoff and Hongzhe Li


Biological Sciences, Cum Laude, August 2006 – May 2009 (Minor: Biometry & Statistics)
Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY

Research Experience

Rotation student
University of Pennsylvania / Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

  • Worked with Dr. Sarah Tishkoff on screens for selection in a number of African populations using SNP arrays.
    (April 2011 – June 2011)
  • Worked with Dr. Hongzhe Li on methods development for analyzing RNA sequencing data.
    (January 2011 – March 2011)
  • Worked with Dr. Hakon Hakonarson on the association of CNVs with autism spectrum disorders.
    (September 2010 – December 2010)

Junior Scientist (August 2009 – July 2010)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 
Worked with Dr. Judith Berman on Candida albicans neocentromere formation and function using chromatin immunoprecipitation.

Undergraduate Researcher  (January 2008 – May 2009)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Worked with Dr. Thomas Fox on mitochondrial genetics in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using bulk segregant analysis and high copy number plasmid transformation.

Research Intern (Summer 2009)
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Worked with Dr. David Amberg on synthetic dosage lethality screens in S. cerevisiae to identify regulatory factors of the aip1-cof1 complex.

Amgen Scholar (Summer 2008)
University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA 
Worked with Dr. Paul Price on examining the calcification of the Escherichia coli cell wall in human serum.

Publications and Posters

Fiumera HL, Dunham MJ, Saracco SA, Kelly JA, Butler CA, Chen HF, Elliot LE, Fox TD. (2008) Overexpression of the mitochondrial translocase OXA1 in a cox18Δ mutant supports respiration in the absence of Fmp24 or Mgr1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. [Poster presented at the 2008 Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting. July 2008.]