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Ph.D. University of Washington, 2008

M.S. University of Washington, 2009

M.S. Cornell University, 1998


Dr. Carolyn Hutter has been the director for the Division of Genome Sciences in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Extramural Research Program since 2018, after having served in the position of acting division director in 2017. In this role, Dr. Hutter leads efforts to support and accelerate foundational resources, technology development, experimental approaches and analytical tools in genome sciences.   

Dr. Hutter joined the NIH in 2012, serving as a program director in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program. She transferred to NHGRI in 2013 as a program director, serving as the NHGRI team lead for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Prior to NIH, she was a senior staff scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and lecturer at the University of Washington, where her research focused on large-scale consortia work for genome-wide association studies and on gene-environment interactions for cancer and other complex diseases. 

Dr. Hutter received her Sc.B. in applied mathematics - biology from Brown University, her M.S. in genetics from Cornell University, her M.S. in biostatistics from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Washington. 


Strategic vision for improving human health at The Forefront of Genomics. Green ED, et al. Nature. 2020 Oct; 586(7831): 683–692.  

The Cancer Genome Atlas: Creating Lasting Value beyond Its Data. Hutter CM and Zenklusen JC. Cell. 2018 Apr 5;173(2):283-285. 

Prioritizing diversity in human genomics research. Hindorff LA, Bonham VL, Brody LC, Ginoza MEC, Hutter CM, Manolio TA, Green ED. Nat Rev Genet. 2018 Mar;19(3):175-185. 

Gene-environment interactions in cancer epidemiology: a National Cancer Institute Think Tank report. Hutter CM, Mechanic LE, Chatterjee N, Kraft P, Gillanders EM; NCI Gene-Environment Think Tank. Genet Epidemiol. 2013 Nov;37(7):643-57.  

Last updated: February 1, 2023