Amanda Yonan, PhD

Lecturer II

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Human Genetics, Columbia University, 2005
  • M. Phil. Human Genetics, Columbia University, 2003
  • M.A. Genetics and Development, Columbia University, 2001
  • B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego, 1999


Dr. Yonan's background is in the study of Human Genetics, especially complex traits. She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego and her PhD from Columbia University. Her research explored the complex genetic causes of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Before coming to the University of Nevada, Reno Dr. Yonan taught at the University of Vermont for 12 years. As a lecturer Dr. Yonan has a particular interest in active learning techniques.

Courses Taught:

  • Genetics
  • Human Genetics
  • Genetics Laboratory
  • Human Diversity and Evolution
  • Genetics of Cell Cycle Regulation
  • Developmental Molecular Genetics
  • Population Genetics
  • Introduction of Forensic Biology
  • Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Epigentics Graduate Colloquium
  • Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dinosaurs
  • Introduction Biology


  • Unique Identifier: Introduction to DNA Profiles, by Amanda L. Yonan
    1. 2nd Edition – Published by Kendall/Hunt (2013)
    2. 1st Edition – Published by Kendall/Hunt (2010)
  • Amanda L. Yonan, Abraham A. Palmer and T. Conrad Gilliam Hardy-Weinberg Distortion Identified Genotyping Error of the Serotonin Transporter (SLC6A4) Promoter Polymorphism. Psychiatric Genetics, February 2006; 16(1):31-34
  • Maricela Alarcón, Amanda L. Yonan, T. Conrad Gilliam, Rita M. Cantor and Daniel. H. Geschwind Quantitative Genome Scan and Ordered-Subsets Analysis of Autism Endophenotypes Support Language QTLs. Molecular Psychiatry, August 2005; 10(8):747-757
  • Jennifer L. Stone, Barry Merriman, Rita M. Cantor, Amanda L. Yonan, T. Conrad Gilliam, Daniel H. Geschwind, Stanley F. Nelson Evidence for sex-specific risk alleles in autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Human Genetics, December 2004; 75(6):1117-1123
  • Miguel Verbitsky, Amanda L. Yonan, Gaël Malleret, Eric R. Kandel, T. Conrad Gilliam and Paul Pavlidis Altered Hippocampal Transcript Profile Accompanies an Age-related Spatial Memory Deficit in Mice. Learning and Memory, May 2004; 11(3):253-260
  • Amanda L. Yonan, Abraham A. Palmer, Kenneth C. Smith, Igor Feldman, Homin K. Lee, Jason M. Yonan, Stuart G. Fischer, Paul Pavlidis and T. Conrad Gilliam Bioinformatic Analysis of Autism Positional Candidate Genes Using Biological Databases and Computational Gene Network Prediction. Genes, Brain and Behavior, October 2003; 2(5):303-320
  • Amanda L. Yonan, Maricela Alarcón, Rong Cheng, Patrik K. E. Magnusson, Sarah J. Spence, Abraham A. Palmer, Adina Grunn, Suh-Hang Hank Juo, Joseph D. Terwilliger, Jianjun Liu, Rita M. Cantor, Daniel H. Geschwind, and T. Conrad Gilliam A Genomewide Screen of 345 Families for Autism Susceptibility Loci. American Journal of Human Genetics, October 2003; 73:886-897
  • Amy Chen, Isabel A. Muzzio, Gael Malleret, Dusan Bartsch, Miguel Verbitsky, Paul Pavilidis, Amanda L. Yonan, Svetlana Vronskaya, Micheal B. Grody, Ivan Cepeda, T. Conrad Gilliam, Eric R. Kandel Inducible Enhancement of Memory Storage and Synaptic Plasticity in Transgenic Mice Expressing an Inhibitor of ATF4 (CREB-2) and C/EBP Proteins. Neuron, August 2003; 39:655-669