Tess Pottinger, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine) at CUMC
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Tess Pottinger, PhD is a computation geneticist and genetic epidemiologist. Her research interests include utilizing genetic and genomic data from large consortia and biobanks to better understand the relationship between biology and disease outcomes. These data in conjunction with environmental and social data provide an ideal framework for understanding and reducing racial disparities that currently exist across healthcare systems.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine) at CUMC

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, 2020 Biomedical Informatics and Human Genetics, Northwestern University
  • Fellowship: 2022 Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons


Selected Publications

Buschur KL, Pottinger TD, Vogel-Claussen J, Powell CA, Aguet F, Allen NB, Ardlie K, Bluemke DA, Durda P, Hermann EA, Hoffman EA, Lima JAC, Liu Y, Malinsky D, Manichaikul A, Motahari A, Post WS, Prince MR, Rich SS, Rotter JI, Smith BM, Tracy RP, Watson K, Winther HB, Lappalainen T, Barr RG. Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell Gene Expression Associated with Pulmonary Microvascular Perfusion: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Study. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2024 Feb 9. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202305-417OC. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38335160. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38335160/


Pottinger TD, Motelow JE, Povysil G, Moreno CAM, Ren Z, Phatnani H; New York Genome Center ALS Sequencing Consortium; Aitman TJ, Santoyo-Lopez J; Scottish Genomes Partnership; Mitsumoto H; ALS COSMOS Study Group; PLS COSMOS Study Group; GTAC Investigators; Goldstein DB, Harms MB. Rare variant analyses validate known ALS genes in a multi-ethnic population and identifies ANTXR2 as a candidate in PLS. medRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 Oct 23:2023.09.30.23296353. doi: 10.1101/2023.09.30.23296353. PMID: 37873269; PMCID: PMC10593055. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37873269/


Pottinger TD, Khan SS, Zheng Y, Zhang W, Tindle HA, Allison M, Wells G, Shadyab AH, Nassir R, Martin LW, Manson JE, Lloyd-Jones DM, Greenland P, Baccarelli AA, Whitsel EA, Hou L. Association of cardiovascular health and epigenetic age acceleration. Clin Epigenetics. 2021 Feb 25;13(1):42. doi: 10.1186/s13148-021-01028-2. PMID: 33632308; PMCID: PMC7905851. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33632308/


Gacita AM, Fullenkamp DE, Ohiri J, Pottinger T, Puckelwartz MJ, Nobrega MA, McNally EM. Genetic Variation in Enhancers Modifies Cardiomyopathy Gene Expression and Progression. Circulation. 2021 Mar 30;143(13):1302-1316. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.050432. Epub 2021 Jan 22. PMID: 33478249; PMCID: PMC8009836. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33478249/


Pottinger TD, Puckelwartz MJ, Pesce LL, Robinson A, Kearns S, Pacheco JA, Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Smith ME, Chisholm R, McNally EM. Pathogenic and Uncertain Genetic Variants Have Clinical Cardiac Correlates in Diverse Biobank Participants. J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 Feb 4;9(3):e013808. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.119.013808. Epub 2020 Feb 3. PMID: 32009526; PMCID: PMC7033893. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32009526/