Aaron Quinlan portrait
  • Professor, Biomedical Informatics Resrch
  • Associate Professor, Human Genetics
  • Professor, Human Genetics


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Genomics, University of Virginia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, Boston College
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, College of William and Mary


Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Boston College where he focused on population genetics, new methods for emerging DNA sequencing technologies, and the discovery and characterization of genetic variation. During his NRSA postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia he developed expertise in structural variation of mammalian genomes and somatic genome mutation. He started his laboratory at the University of Virginia in 2011. He was recruited to the University of Utah in early 2015 to become the Associate Director of the Utah Center for Genetic Discovery. Broadly speaking, the Quinlan laboratory is interested in the development and application of new computational and statistical techniques for understanding the biology of genomes. His team tackles problems with practical importance to identifying genome variation, understanding genome evolution, and mining genetic variation underlying rare genetic disease. The Quinlan laboratory’s ultimate goal is to develop and apply computational technologies that improve our understanding of human disease.