Reid Sutton is a clinical geneticist and clinical biochemical geneticist at Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He grew up in Kentucky and attended Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital and went on to complete training in Medical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Sutton has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as many invited book chapters and has been an invited speaker around the world. He directs the residency and fellowship programs in Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a past Chair of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics and has been elected to many other leadership positions in Genetics. In his role as a clinical researcher with the Baylor-Johns Hopkins Center for Mendelian Genomics, he worked with graduate student Janson White on a number of projects, including the description of the spectrum of developmental and health issues in individuals with variants in the POGZ gene, that the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) has designated “White-Sutton Syndrome” (OMIM# 616364; http://omim.org/entry/616364).
Dr. White was trained in Human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine under the guidance of Dr. James Lupski and Dr. Claudia Carvalho. It was at Baylor that he often worked in tandem with Dr. Sutton, including on a project that looked into phenotypes associated with mutations in POGZ. Drs. White and Sutton worked quite well together – Dr. Sutton is one of the worlds foremost clinician scientists, and Dr. White is particularly adept at computational genomics and gene discovery. White has since moved to The University of Washington, where he is currently the Senior Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focus has also shifted slightly, and he currently focuses primarily on identifying the causes of congenital malformations such as birth defects.