The Training and Development Committee of the American Society of Human Genetics is pleased to announce the ASHG Trainee Paper Spotlight, a feature that will highlight outstanding papers written by trainee members. A new Spotlight will be posted to the ASHG Trainee Forum the last Wednesday of each month on a quarterly basis.

Join the ASHG Trainee Forum:


Douglas Dluzen, PhD

May 1, 2017

Racial differences in microRNA and gene expression in hypertensive women.

Sureni Mullegama, PhD

February 14, 2017

Clinical and Molecular Aspects of MBD5-Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorder (MAND).

Eligibility for Nomination

  • The nominee must be a current calendar year trainee member of ASHG (please check here).
  • The nominee must be the first author of the nominated paper (co-first author is acceptable). Self-nominations are eligible.
  • The nominated paper must have been published within the last year.

Please complete the form below to nominate an outstanding trainee research paper. We recognize that there are many subfields in human genetics and welcome nomination of good, peer-reviewed papers regardless of where they are published.


Past Trainee Paper Spotlights are available to browse by topic category.

Masoud Zamani Esteki, PhD
November 25, 2015
oncurrent whole-genome haplotyping and copy-number profiling of single Cells.

Alexis Norris, PhD
April 27, 2016
Nanopore sequencing detects structural variants in cancer.

Christoph Nowak, BM BCh(Oxon.), Dipl.-Psych.
January 27, 2016
Protein biomarkers for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes risk in two large community cohorts.

Ma'en Obiedat
February 24, 2016
Molecular mechanisms underlying variations in lung function: a systems genetics analysis.

Joseph Alaimo, PhD
August 31, 2016
LCopy Number Loss Upstream of RAI1 Uncovers Gene Expression Regulatory Region That May Impact Potocki-Lupski Syndrome Diagnosis.

Luca Pagani, PhD
October 28, 2015
Tracing the Route of Modern Humans out of Africa by Using 225 Human Genome Sequences from Ethiopians and Egyptians.

Tanya Phung
November 18, 2016
Determining the Effect of Natural Selection on Linked Neutral Divergence across Species.

Salman Tajuddin, MD, PhD
July 27, 2016
Large-Scale Exome-wide Association Analysis Identifies Loci for White Blood Cell Traits and Pleiotrophy with Immune-Mediated Diseases.

Jessica Chong, PhD
September 30, 2015
De Novo Mutations in NALCN Cause a Syndrome Characterized by Congenital Contractures of the Limbs and Face, Hypotonia, and Developmental Delay.

Sureni Mullegama, PhD
February 14, 2017
Clinical and Molecular Aspects of MBD5-Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorder (MAND).

David Soave, MSc
December 30, 2015
A Joint Location-Scale Test Improves Power to Detect Associated SNPs, Gene Sets, and Pathways.

Folefac Aminkeng
June 29, 2016
A Coding Variant in RARG Confers Susceptibility to Anthracycline-Induced Cardiotoxicity in Childhood Cancer.

Daria Wojtal
March 30, 2016
Spell Checking Nature: Versatility of CRISPR/Cas9 for Developing Treatments for Inherited Disorders.