Murray Potter

Division of Genetics & Metabolics

Message from Interim Division Head, Murray Potter

Members of the Division of Genetics and Metabolics are involved in clinical, research, and teaching activities. Our members are guided by a philosophy focused on family-centred care while serving both pediatric and adult clinical populations


Our expertise and interests are in clinical dysmorphology, genetic syndromes of overgrowth and failure-to-thrive/short stature, neurodegenerative genetic disorders, medical education, as well as in advancements of diagnostic technology, tests, and treatment for metabolic disorders. 

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Jennifer Stanley

Divisional Assistant


Trainee education is a key focus for our faculty. Division members teach Canadian College of Medical Geneticists laboratory genetics fellows, McMaster’s pediatric residents, and many other visiting learners.


Our collaborative and multidisciplinary team includes physicians, genetic counsellors and assistants, dietitians, social workers, and administrative staff work with many subspecialties in the diagnosis of genetic disorders and provide consultations in the genetics and metabolics clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Our work includes genetic assessment and diagnostic work-up, genetic and metabolic testing, genetic counselling, newborn screening retrieval and follow-up, and management for patients with metabolic disorders. Inpatient consultations are provided by both the metabolics and genetics services. Geneticist consultations are also provided to the maternal fetal medicine and prenatal diagnosis clinics for fetal anomalies and other possible genetic concerns during pregnancy. 


Our members’ research interests include syndrome delineation, epigenetics, whole exome sequencing, and novel treatment options for metabolic diseases.

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