Torrin McDonald, Ph.D.

PhD student from July 2015 to November 2021
Postdoc from October 2022 to
Human Genetics Ph.D.

Research areas

  • Non-coding Genome
  • Human Genetics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Silencers, Enhancer-blockers and Insulators
  • Massively-parallel Reporter Assays


  • B.S.: Michigan State University
  • Ph.D.: University of Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Predoctoral Training in Genetics (GTP T32)
  • Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (pre-candidate & candidate)

Boyle lab papers

  1. Nishizaki SS, McDonald TL, Farnum GA, Holmes MJ, Drexel ML, Switzenberg JA, Boyle AP. 2021. The inducible lac operator-repressor system is functional in zebrafish cells. Frontiers in Genetics. 12: 994. DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2021.683394.

  2. McDonald TL, Zhou W, Castro CP, Mumm C, Switzenberg JA, Mills RE and Boyle AP. 2021. Cas9 targeted enrichment of mobile elements using nanopore sequencing. Nature Communications. 12: 3586. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23918-y.