Faculty : Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D.

Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D.

Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and Department of Otolaryngology
Associate Director, Collaborations and Compliance, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
Director, Graduate Program in Human Genetics and Genomics and Master of Science in Genomic Medicine, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics

Dr. Blanton received her PhD in Human Genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. She obtained post-doctoral training in Biostatistics (University of Pittsburgh) and Population Oncology (Fox Chase Cancer Center). Her primary research has focused on the mapping of genes for Mendelian and complex diseases; she has been instrumental in studies identifying over twenty genes/loci for Mendelian disorders. Stroke and the underlying genetics of its risk factors, age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer Disease, hearing loss, retinal diseases, skeletal dysplasias, cleft lip/palate, and clubfoot are among the diseases which she currently studies In addition, she has been involved in developing and implementing genetic education materials for Federal and appellate level judges and science writers in an ELSI sponsored project. Dr. Blanton is the Associate Director of Communications and Compliance. She is a Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and in the Department of Otolaryngology. She is the Director of the PhD Graduate Program in Human Genetics and Genomics and Master of Science in Genomic Medicine in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics.

Top Publications:

  • Dueker ND, Doliner B, Gardener H, Dong C, Beecham A, Della-Morte D, Sacco RL, Blanton SH, Wang L, Rundek T. Extreme Phenotype Approach Suggests Taste Transduction Pathway for Carotid Plaque in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort. Stroke. 2020 Sep;51(9):2761-2769. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.028979. Epub 2020 Aug 19. PMID: 32811377.
  • Morris VE, Hashmi SS, Zhu L, Maili L, Urbina C, Blackwell S, Greives MR, Buchanan EP, Mulliken JB, Blanton SH, Zheng WJ, Hecht JT, Letra A. Evidence for craniofacial enhancer variation underlying nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate. Hum Genet. 2020 Apr 21. doi: 10.1007/s00439-020-02169-9. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 32318854
  • Jimenez JE, Nourbakhsh A, Colbert B, Mittal R, Yan D, Green CL, Nisenbaum E, Liu G, Bencie N, Rudman J, Blanton SH, Zhong Liu X. Diagnostic and therapeutic applications of genomic medicine in progressive, late-onset, nonsyndromic sensorineural hearing loss Gene. 2020 Jul 15;747:144677. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2020.144677. Epub 2020 Apr 15. PMCID: PMC7244213 (available on 2021-07-15).