Spotlight on new faculty -- R. Tanner Hagelstrom, Ph.D.

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R. Tanner Hagelstrom, Ph.D.
R. Tanner Hagelstrom, Ph.D., is among the many new faculty members at UNMC. He joined the Human Genetics Laboratory at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in July.

  • Name: R. Tanner Hagelstrom, Ph.D.
  • Hometown: Denver
  • New title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor and associate director of the Human Genetics Laboratory

Research Interests:

Clinical genetic diagnostics


  • Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, Colorado State University
  • MBA, Colorado State University
  • MS, Anatomy, Colorado State University

    Previous Positions:

    • Clinical cytogenetics/molecular genetics fellowship, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Translational Genomics Research Institute, Phoenix


    • American College of Medical Genetics

    How I fell in love with genetics:

    I was always torn between whether I wanted to enter into business or a science-based field. I decided that science was more my calling, so I entered graduate school. During this time, I came across the field of clinical genetic diagnostics and found the perfect combination of science and business. I love the opportunity to provide cutting-edge diagnostics to improve patients' lives while developing a sustainable business model for my laboratory.

    Three things you don't know about me:

    • I'm from Colorado, so naturally I don't ski.
    • I have a hugely entrepreneurial spirit.
    • I'm a caffeine addict but do not drink coffee.


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    nicole hackendahl
    August 07, 2013 at 9:06 AM


    julie carstens
    August 07, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Welcome to the lab Tanner!!