Emily Higuchi, MS, LCGC (she/her)

  • Instructor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine


Emily Higuchi is a board-certified genetic counselor in the cancer genetics clinic. She has experience in pediatric, ophthalmic, and cancer genetics, and has particular interest in early detection and screening for pancreatic cancer. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, quilting, and spending time with her family. 

Education and training

    • M.S., 2013, University of Michigan
    • B.S., 2008, University of Washington
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Genetic Counseling


Selected publications

  • Young T.L., Whisenhunt K.N., Jin J., LaMartina S.M., Martin S.M., Souma T., Limviphuvadh V., Suri F., Souzeau E., Zhang X., Dan Y., Anagnos E., Carmona S., Jody N.M., Stangel N., Higuchi E.C., Huang S.J., Siggs O.M., Simões M.J., Lawson B.M., Martin J.S., Elahi E., Narooie-Nejad M., Motlagh B.F., Quaggin S.E., Potter H.D...Bradfield Y.S., Tompson S.W. SVEP1 as a Genetic Modifier of TEK-Related Primary Congenital Glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2020 Oct 1;61(12):6.
  • Higuchi, E.C., Sheldon, J., Zikmund-Fisher, B., Yashar, B.M. (2016). Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening for Trisomy 21: Consumers’ Perspectives. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part A 170A(2):375-85.
  • Reddy, B.D., Wang, Y., Niu, L., Higuchi, E.C., Marguerat, S.B., Bähler, J., Smith, G.R., and Jia, S. (2011).  Elimination of a specific histone H3K14 acetyltransferase complex bypasses the RNAi pathway to regulate pericentric heterochromatin functions. Genes & Development. 25(3):214-219.
  • Ellermeier, C., Higuchi, E.C., Phadnis, N., Holm, L., Geelhood J.L., Thon, G., and Smith G.R. (2010). RNAi and Heterochromatin Repress Centromeric Meiotic Recombination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107(19):8701-8705.
  • Milman, N., Higuchi, E., and Smith, G.R. (2009). Meiotic DNA Double-Strand Break Repair Requires Two Nucleases, MRN and Ctp1, to Produce a Single Size Class of Rec12 (Spo11)-Oligonucleotide Complexes. Molecular and Cellular Biology 29(22): 5998-6005.


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