Dr. Jennifer Hall graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1995 with a Ph.D. in physiology. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and Harvard Schools of Medicine. She now serves as Chief of The Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine for the American Heart Association. Dr. Hall holds adjunct professor positions at both the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Hall is a past Chair of the Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council of the American Heart Association and has served on numerous national and international committees. She was an associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology from 2009-2016 and was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.
Dr. Hall’s laboratory has been funded from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Americana Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and other privately funded foundations. She was the senior author of one of the first papers to identify a potential role for the disease-risk allele in TCF7L2 for T2D along with co-author Dr. Francis Collins. During her sabbatical at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dr. Hall also became involved in identifying the function of a recently identified risk allele in SORT1 that increases risk for high cholesterol and myocardial infarction (Nature, 2010). Dr. Hall’s lab has also been one of the many leaders in genomics and human heart failure over the past ten years, identifying genes and signaling pathways that are modified in response to reversal of heart failure or left ventricular remodeling.
As the past director of the Program in Translational Cardiovascular Genomics, Dr. Hall helped establish a research program that includes genomics in the area of heart failure at the University of Minnesota. Over the past decade, Dr. Hall has had the privilege to work with clinicians, scientists and surgeons to train fellows and students, increase the quality of translational research and develop new guidelines and innovative techniques to promote quality patient care at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hall has trained over 60 fellows and students. Her growth-mindset mentoring view focuses on constant learning.