Jenny Poynter

Professor, Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)


Jenny N. Poynter, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Poynter is a molecular epidemiologist who leads a research team focused on pediatric and adolescent germ cell tumors (GCT) and myeloid malignancy. The major goals of her GCT research are to understand genetic susceptibility, epigenetic alterations and late effects of treatment, including hearing loss and neuropathy. She is also working on studies to understand how lifestyle and genetic factors influence risk of developing pediatric and adult myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Finally, she is one of the leaders of the 10,000 Families Study, a newly funded cohort study to evaluate the association between environmental exposures and hematologic malignancy in Minnesota. Dr. Poynter is the Co-Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.


MPH in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
PhD in Epidemiological Science, University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, Ann Arbor, MI

Honors and Recognition

Excellence in Mentoring Award at the Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium



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