December 06, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Morris Aguilar for completing his PhD! Dr. Aguilar will be returning to Penn State Hershey to finish the MD portion of his MD/PhD program.

August 15, 2023

Dr. Kristin Passero successfully defended her PhD! Dr. Passero has accepted a Senior Research Analyst position at Virginia Commonwealth University.

March 01, 2023

Congratulations to Hall Lab postdoc, Dr. Tomas González Zarzar, for starting his own lab as Assistant Professor at Universidad Mayor!

January 15, 2023

Dr. Jiayan Zhou successfully defended his PhD! Dr. Zhou will be headed to Stanford University for a postdoctoral fellowship.


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Dr. Tomas González Zarzar, Kristin Passero, Jiayan Zhou, and Dr. Molly Hall discuss Hall Lab research with USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during his visit to Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

March 24, 2022

Hall Lab PhD student Jiayan Zhou publishes new paper as co-first author in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Here we leveraged social media data from Twitter to anticipate vaccine hesitancy at the US county level.

Lingyao Li, Jiayan Zhou, Zihui Ma, Michelle T.Bens, Molly A.Hall, Gregory B.Baecher “Dynamic assessment of the COVID-19 vaccine acceptance leveraging social media data.” Journal of Biomedical Informatics

March 15, 2022

Hall Lab postdoc Dr. Tomás González Zarzar’s first-author paper has been published in Frontiers in Radiology. In this collaboration with Drs. Dokyoon Kim and Li Shen (UPenn), we evaluated sex differences in metabolomic effects on Alzheimer’s Disease.

González-Zarzar T, Lee B, Coughlin R, Kim D, Shen L, Hall MA “Sex Differences in the Metabolome of Alzheimer’s Disease Progression.” Frontiers in Radiology


July 16, 2021

CLARITE version 2 has been released. Full release notes are available in the documentation, but the main improvement is support for genotype data and simplification of the analysis functions to better support a variety of association and interaction tests.
Support for genotype data is possible though the use of Pandas-Genomics, another project of the Hall Lab.

January 06, 2021

The Hall Lab published a study in PLoS Genetics featuring the lab’s novel genetic encoding method: EDGE. Using EDGE, we identified a novel genetic interaction associated with age-related cataract that no other method identified. EDGE shows promise for identifying nonadditive genetic effects in biomedical data.

Hall, Molly A., et al. “Novel EDGE encoding method enhances ability to identify genetic interactions.” PLoS genetics 17.6 (2021): e1009534.

January 06, 2021

New publication from our collaboration with Dr. Jennie Noll (Human Development and Family Studies) on risk for obesity in women who have experienced sexual abuse:

Li J, Hall MA, Shalev I, Schreier H, González-Zarzar T, Marcovici I, Putnam F, Noll J. (2021) Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation and risk for obesity in sexually abused females. Psychoneuroendocrinology: 129, 105254

January 06, 2021

Kristin Passero (Hall Lab PhD student) and Molly Hall organized the session “What about the environment? Leveraging multi-omic datasets to characterize the environment’s role in human health” for the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing with environmental health research experts Dr. Chirag Patel (Harvard Medical School), Dr. Arjun Manrai (Harvard Medical School), Dr. Kimberly McAllister (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), and Dr. Shefali Setia Verma (University of Pennsylvania).

Kristin published an introduction to the session and gave an introductory talk as well. Hall Lab MD/PhD student, Morris Aguilar, also gave a talk on his metabolomics research.


October 26, 2020

The Hall Lab is presenting at the 2020 ASHG virtual conference. Please see the following posters:

  • 2045 John McGuigan Automated machine learning for rare variant analysis of response to antiretroviral therapy in persons living with HIV.
  • 2418 Morris Aguilar Secondary Metabolomic Analysis of Breast Cancer Nanoparticle Chemotherapy: Fatty Acid Metabolism Perturbation With Newly Quantified Metabolites and High Fidelity Classification Models
  • 2715 Jiayan Zhou Interactions between genes and fatty acids for cardiac-related traits in LURIC cohort
  • 3508 Nicole Palmiero Environment-wide association study of the phenome to evaluate complexity of the exposome
  • 3539 Molly Hall Metabolomics reveals novel biomarkers in children who experienced maltreatment
September 11, 2020

Jiayan Zhou’s first first-author paper titled “Investigation of gene-gene interactions in cardiac traits and serum fatty acid levels in the LURIC Health Study” was published in PLoS one.

August 30, 2020

Morris Aguilar’s paper was accepted at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), which will be presented January 2021, titled “Semi-automated NMR Pipeline for Environmental Exposures: New Insights on the Metabolomics of Smokers versus Non-smokers”

August 24, 2020 News Image

The Hall Lab welcomes new Postdoc Tomás González Zarzar

August 04, 2020 News Image

Lab research areas and projects are now detailed here.

August 01, 2020

Congratulations to Morris Aguilar for being awarded a trainee fellowship: ‘Integrative Analysis of Metabolic Phenotypes (IAMP) Predoctoral Training Program’

March 05, 2020

Five posters from the Hall Lab were accepted for the 2020 NYC Exposome Symposium.


December 18, 2019

The Hall Lab original CLARITE (pronounced clarity) software and first EWAS for BMI was published in Frontiers in Genetics: CLARITE Facilitates the Quality Control and Analysis Process for EWAS of Metabolic-Related Traits

December 17, 2019

Kristin Passero’s first first-author paper was accepted at the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), which we will present in Hawaii January 2020, titled “Phenome-wide association studies on cardiovascular health and fatty acids considering phenotype quality control practices for epidemiological data”

December 06, 2019

Molly Hall receives NIH grant from the National Cancer Institute in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Patterson and Dr. Jeff Peters titled “Unique targeting of PPARβ/δ regulation for cancer prevention and therapy”

December 03, 2019

Congratulations to Kristin Passero for passing her qualifying exam!

November 07, 2019

Dr. Molly Hall named recipient of the Dr. Frances Keesler Graham Early Career Professorship. Read more here.

October 17, 2019

Graduate students, Jiayan Zhou and Kristin Passero present their first posters at the American Society of Human Genetics in Houston

October 16, 2019

Molly Hall moderated ASHG 2019 Houston session: “What about the phenotype? Integrating electronic health records to drive discovery in precision health” with Anna Basile at New York Genome Center. The session included exciting talks from Dana Crawford (Case Western), Dokyoon Kim (UPenn), Marylyn Ritchie (UPenn), and Nicholas Tatonetti (Columbia).

October 11, 2019

Congratulations to Jiayan Zhou for passing his candidacy exam!

September 16, 2019

Congratulations to Kristin Passero for earning the Huck Travel Award to ASHG in Houston for her poster titled “Considering phenotype quality-control practices for phenome-wide association studies using epidemiological data”

September 04, 2019

Congratulations to Jiayan Zhou for earning the CAS Travel Award to ASHG in Houston for his poster titled “Investigation of gene-gene interactions in cardiac traits and serum fatty acid level in LURIC cohort”