Lynn B. Jorde, PhD

Chair, Department of Human Genetics

Research Interests

  • Medical Genetics
  • Human Population Genetics
  • Gene Mapping and Cloning


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Human Genetics - Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-4566
  • George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
    Department of Human Genetics
    15 N 2030 E, Room: 2100
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Dr. Lynn Jorde has been on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine since 1979 and holds an H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Human Genetics. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Human Genetics in September 2009. 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 is the lead author of Medical Genetics, a textbook that is now in its 4th edition. He has received 12 teaching awards at the University of Utah School of Medicine, including the Outstanding Pre-Clinical Professor Awards from the graduating medical classes of 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005; the Leonard W. Jarcho Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003; and the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006. 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. 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 completed a 4-year term as a member of the Mammalian Genetics review panel at the National Institutes of Health and a 3-year term 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 currently serves on the 1000 Genomes Advisory Committee for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of New Mexico
Biological Anthropology (Human Genetics Specialty)
Graduate Training University of New Mexico
Biological Anthropology
Undergraduate University of New Mexico
Undergraduate University of North Dakota