Contact Info

Email: elyon@hudsonalpha.org
Phone: (256) 327-9547
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Elaine Lyon, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Focus: Promoting high quality and appropriate clinical genomic testing

Elaine Lyon, PhD, FACMG, comes from the University of Utah, where she served as medical director for molecular genetics, genomics and pharmacogenetics at the Associated Regional and University Pathologists (ARUP) Laboratories. At ARUP, she designed and validated laboratory assays for clinical use, including genomic sequencing. During her tenure, Lyon helped established four laboratory sections at ARUP: Molecular Genetics, Fragment Analysis, Genetics Sequencing and Genomics. She also held a faculty position at the University of Utah School of Medicine as professor of pathology.

Lyon received her PhD in medical genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and completed a fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at the University of Utah. She has served as president of the Association for Molecular Pathology and led the organization’s Task Force for the Framework for the Evidence Needed to Demonstrate (FEND) Clinical Utility. Lyon is also a member of the board of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Lyon brings more than 20 years of clinical genomics experience to the institute. Her national and international efforts have promoted appropriate molecular genetic clinical testing.

1997 – 1999 Fellow in Molecular Pathology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

1994 – 1997 Fellow in Clinical Molecular Genetics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

1993 – 1994 Fellow in Molecular Genetics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

1988 – 1993 PhD in Medical Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.

1986 – 1988 MS in Microbiology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

1978 – 1982 BS in Microbiology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

1997 – 1999 Acting Medical Director, ARUP Laboratories, Molecular Genetics

1999 – 2018 Medical Director, ARUP Laboratories, Molecular Genetics

2001 – 2008 Assistant Medical Director, ARUP, Sequencing Laboratory and Flow Cytometry

2001 – 2010 Space Committee, ARUP Laboratories

2003 Continuing Improvement Board, ARUP Laboratories

2003 – 2018 Co-Medical Director, ARUP, Pharmacogenetics

2005 HELIX Laboratory Information System subcommittee, ARUP

2005 Genetics Planning Group, ARUP Laboratories

2001 – 2007 Assistant Professor (Clinical), University of Utah, Department of Pathology, Salt Lake City, Utah

2007 – 2010 Associate Professor (Clinical), University of Utah, Department of Pathology, Salt Lake City, Utah

2008 – 2012 Division Medical Director, Genetics Division. ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, Utah

2011 – 2015 Associate Professor (Tenure Track), University of Utah, Department of Pathology, Salt Lake City, Utah

2012 – 2016 Medical Director, Section Head, Integrated Oncology & Genetics, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, Utah

2015 – 2018 Professor (Tenured), University of Utah, Department of Pathology, Salt Lake City, Utah

2016 – 2018 Medical Director, Molecular Genetics & Genomics. ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, Utah

2017-2018 Chair, Department Academic Committee, University of Utah, Department of Pathology, Salt Lake City, Utah

2018 – present Director, Clinical Services Laboratory, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Alabama

2014 Jeffrey A Kant Leadership Award, Association for Molecular Pathology

1993 Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham

1993 Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

1988 Valedictorian, Brigham Young University, College of Biological Sciences

1987 – 1989 Graduate Internship, Brigham Young University

1981 – 1982 Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

1980 Dean’s Honor Roll, Brigham Young University

1979 Dean’s Honor Roll, Brigham Young University

1978 – 1982 Presidential Scholarship, Brigham Young University

1978 Valedictorian, Moapa Valley High School

Recent News

September 25, 2019
The HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Lab (CSL) has received re-certification from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), ensuring the lab has continued to meet and exceed industry standards for clinical laboratory testing.
April 29, 2019
Two faculty members at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will participate in the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) working group to update standards for interpreting genetic sequence variants test results in a ...
August 29, 2018
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has named Elaine Lyon, PhD, FACMG, director of the HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Lab (CSL). Lyon comes to HudsonAlpha from the University of Utah, where she served as medical director f...