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Susan J. Hayflick, M.D., Ph.D. (she/her)

  • Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Chair, Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine
  • Interim Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
  • Molecular and Medical Genetics Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine


For nearly 30 years, Dr. Hayflick has studied a group of rare neurodegenerative disorders associated with brain iron accumulation. Her team, in collaboration with leading scientists from around the world, discovered the genetic underpinnings for PKAN, PLAN/INAD, BPAN, FAHN, MePAN, and several related disorders. They developed the first clinical tests, advanced understanding of basic disease biology, contributed key research resources, including animal models, and continue to drive rational therapeutics development in the NBIA disorders. Her research team spans from the bench to the bedside and beyond to the patient and family community. As a physician-scientist, Hayflick is deeply committed to the patients and families in the global NBIA community, working to improve their lives and relieve their suffering as a guiding force in her work.

Education and training

    • M.D., 1985, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Residency

    • Internship and Residency in Pediatrics, The Maine Medical Center, Portland Maine, 1988
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Genetics, The Center for Medical Genetics, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Maryland, 1991
  • Certifications

    • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988
    • ABMGG-certified in Clinical Genetics, 1991
    • ABMGG-certified in Biochemical and Molecular Genetics, 1991

Memberships and associations:

  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • American College of Medical Genetics, Founding member


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