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Authors > Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Lynn B. Jorde, PhD is a Professor and the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City. He is the lead editor of Medical Genetics, 6th Edition.


Dr. Jorde earned his PhD from the University of New Mexico (Biological Anthropology, Human Genetics Specialty). At the University of Utah, Dr. Jorde’s laboratory has been involved in studies of human genetic variation, mobile element evolution, the genetic basis of human limb malformations, and the genetics of common diseases such as hypertension, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on these and related subjects.


Dr. Jorde has received numerous teaching awards at the University of Utah School of Medicine, including the Outstanding Pre-Clinical Professor Award, the Leonard W. Jarcho Distinguished Teaching Award, and the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the co-recipient of the 2008 Award for Excellence in Education from the American Society of Human Genetics. In 2011 he served as president of the American Society of Human Genetics, and in 2012 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Jorde has served on several advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as a member of the Mammalian Genetics review panel at the National Institutes of Health and on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Human Genetics. He was a member of the Center for Inherited Disease Research Access Committee and serves on the 1000 Genomes Advisory Committee for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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