Hanna Rennert

Hanna Rennert, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G. is Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Weill Cornell Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Medical School.  Following postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rennert served in oversight roles within the Molecular Pathology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. From 2000 until 2002, she directed a Microarray Research and Development Laboratory at Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. Dr. Rennert rejoined the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2002 as a Senior Molecular Genetics Scientist and adjunct faculty in Molecular Pathology.  Certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Molecular Genetics, she is obtaining a certificate in Clinical Epidemiology from the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rennert directed the Molecular Diagnosis and Genotyping Facility within the Pathology Department until July 2005 when she came to Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Rennert’s primary research interest is the genetic epidemiology of prostate cancer. In collaboration with researchers from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in India and the University of Pennsylvania, she established a study in 2004 for examining the role of genetic factors in the disparity in prostate cancer incidence and disease characteristics between high risk (African Americans) and low risk (Asian Indians) populations. Her current efforts as the Director of the Molecular Pathology Laboratory are focused on expanding the Molecular Pathology test menu, particularly in virology, genetics, and oncology.