Kelsey Stuttgen

PhD Student

Kelsey Stuttgen is a doctoral student in the Human Genetics Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Her research interests include cancer genetics and ELSI issues surrounding genetic testing. Her thesis work at the Institute of Genetic Medicine is investigating the prevalence of germline mutations in known cancer predisposition genes in individuals with metastatic breast cancer who are not selected for early age of onset or family history. Through her work at the Berman Bioethics Institute, she seeks to understand whether, when, and how genetic risk information should be communicated to minor children by exploring views of both genetic counselors and parent/child pairs affected by or at-risk for either hereditary cancer or Huntington’s Disease.

Research Interests

  • ELSI issues surrounding genetic testing

  • Family communication of genetic information

  • Cancer genetics


  • B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire