Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Division Director, HGSC Clinical Laboratory
Ph.D., Microbiology, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, 2005
M.S., Molecular Virology, Wuhan University, China, 1999
B.S., Virology, Wuhan University, China, 1995
Jianhong Hu received her Ph.D. in the field of microbiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2005. Since joining the HGSC as an Assistant Professor in 2013, her research interests have focused on development projects that have applications in both research and clinical settings, including ultra-fast capture sequencing, exome polishing, cell-free circulating DNA sequencing, ultra-low input sample sequencing, RNAseq capture and FFPE DNA/RNA sequencing.
Her leadership role at the BCM-HGSC entails management of the research production pipelines for NexGen library target enrichment and SNP array genotyping where Jianhong has also developed and implemented optimized protocols reducing cost, increasing quality and the delivery of high throughput processing. These protocols span regional and whole exome targeted assays as well as a variety of arrays using different technology platforms to ensure the scientific goals of each study are achieved. She is an active participant in technology development efforts that continue to be applied to both research and clinical settings.
As the General Supervisor for the HGSC-Clinical Laboratory, Jianhong directs and monitors the daily production operations and new workflow implementation for all sections of the laboratory which include sample intake QC, automated library preparation, target enrichment, instrumentation and SNP genotyping. She supervises and implements quality assurance as per CAP/CLIA and other relevant regulatory guidelines and has led an ‘inspection without deficiencies’ in March 2017 and successfully passed New York State inspection in November 2017.