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Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D.

General Information

Susan Halloran  Blanton, Ph.D.

Contact

  • Fax: 305-243-2396
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Languages

  • English

Roles

  • Associate Director, Collaborations and Compliance, John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics
  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Professor, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics

Research Interests

Identifying genes for Mendelian and complex diseases

Hearing Loss

Retinal Disorders

Cardiovascular risk factors for stroke

Birth Defects

Cleft lip/palate

Clubfoot

Education

1985 PhD, Human Genetics
Virginia Commonwealth University

Publications

Biography

Susan Halloran Blanton, Ph.D., is the Associate Director, Collaborations and Compliance, at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and has been involved in research focused on the mapping of genes for Mendelian and complex diseases forover three decades. Dr. Blanton, who is also a Professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and the Department of Otolaryngology, has studied the genetics of a variety of disorders and conditions that include deafness, retinal disorders, skeletal dysplasias, stroke and its risk factors, cleft lip/palate, and clubfoot and has identified over two dozen genes for these disorders. She has a long standing interest in ethics and public policy regarding genetic testing. For example, she participated in a Chicago Law Roundtable regarding genetic testing in children, studied the level of genetic knowledge and attitudes towards genetic testing among the deaf and was a collaborator on an ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications) Research Program of the National Human Genome Research Institute where she provided genetic education to federal and appellate level judges and science writers.   Dr. Blanton was the Project Manager for the Genomedical Connection, a congressionally mandated program for integrating genomic medicine into primary care based in North Carolina.  Dr. Blanton plays an active role in education; she teaches the introductory course for human genetics and genomics on family based approaches to gene discovery.  Dr. Blanton received her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. She also completed postdoctoral training in Biostatistics (University of Pittsburgh) and Population Oncology (Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadephia, PA).