Julie A. Sanford Biggerstaff, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Associate Professor | Consultant Director, Cytogenomics, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | Associate Director, Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Cytogenomics, DLMP

Julie A. Sanford Biggerstaff, PhD, FACMG


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1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195

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Clinical and Research Background

Dr. Biggerstaff has directed multiple types and sizes of clinical cytogenetics/cytogenomics laboratories through the course of her career; she has experience in both pre- and post-natal cytogenomic testing, as well as in oncology, to include both solid and liquid tumor characterization. She has extensive experience in test development and validation as well as work-flow analysis for laboratory efficiency and quality.

Board Certifications

American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, 1990

Research Interests

Clinical Cytogenetics and genomics

Chromosome structure and function as it applies to human disease

Use of technology to improve results quality and laboratory efficiency

Academic and Medical Appointments

Academic Appointments

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2023-Present

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology, Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO 2013-2018

Medical Appointments

Consultant Cytogenomics Laboratory Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA 2018-Present

Interim/Locum Director of Cytogenetics Laboratory, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR 2014-2021

Medical and Technical Director, Idaho Cytogenetics Diagnostic Laboratory, Boise, ID 2002-2018

Director of Clinical Cytogenetics, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA 1997-2007

Clinical Scientist, Division of Cytogenetics, Duncan Guthrie Institute of Medical Genetics, Glasgow University, Glasgow, Scotland, 1992

Education and Training

Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX 1988-2000

Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory for Genetic Services, Baylor College of Medicine, 1988

PhD, University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Cell Biology, M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, TX 1983-1987

MS University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Cell Biology, M.D., Anderson Hospital, Houston, TX 1981-1983


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