Inna Hughes, M.D., Ph.D.

Inna Hughes, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 631
Rochester, NY 14642

Fax: (585) 275-3683
Administrative: (585) 275-9403
Administrative: (585) 275-4783

Professional Bio

Inna Hughes, MD, PhD, is a Senior Instructor of Child Neurology and Epilepsy fellow at the University of Rochester. Her clinical interests are both in pediatric epilepsy and general child neurology. Dr. Hughes completed undergraduate studies at Williams College and graduated from Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine after completion of the combined MD, PhD program. She completed her child neurology residency training at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. She is currently completing an epilepsy fellowship in addition to seeing general child neurology patients.

Dr. Hughes is board certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. She is an active member in the American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, and the Child Neurology Society. She has several research interests including the development and genetics of childhood onset epilepsy syndromes, dietary therapy in children and teens, and development of teaching and community programs to improve education and awareness for patients with epilepsy.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Upstate New York Regional Champions | New York State Neurological Society, NeuroStakes 2011
Alpha Omega Alpha Society | University of Rochester Medical School 2011
Spencer T and Ann W. Olin Medical Scientist Fellow | Washington University School of Medicine 2007
Merlie Fine Sciences Travel Award | Washington University School of Medicine 2004
Viktor Hamburger Award | Washington University School of Medicine 2004
Graduate Student Presentation Award | Stowers Institute, Mid-West Developmental Biology Meeting 2004
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship | National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness 2004 - 2007
Honors in Biology, Magna cum Laude | Williams College 1999
Medical Scientist Training Program grant | Washington University School of Medicine 1999 - 2003
Minority Undergraduate Summer Internship Program | Harvard School of Public Health 1998
Acceleration to Excellence Scholarship | Simon's Rock College of Bard 1995 - 1997

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 8 available »

2011 Jan 24
Hurle B, Marques-Bonet T, Antonacci F, Hughes I, Ryan JF, Comparative Sequencing Program N, Eichler EE, Ornitz DM, Green ED. "Lineage-specific evolution of the vertebrate Otopetrin gene family revealed by comparative genomic analyses." BMC evolutionary biology. 2011 Jan 24; 11:23. Epub 2011 Jan 24.
2010 Jan 27
Wang H, Hughes I, Planer W, Parsadanian A, Grider JR, Vohra BP, Keller-Peck C, Heuckeroth RO. "The timing and location of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor expression determine enteric nervous system structure and function." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. 2010 Jan 27; 30(4):1523-38.
2008 Feb 6
Hughes I, Binkley J, Hurle B, Green ED, , Sidow A, Ornitz DM. "Identification of the Otopetrin Domain, a conserved domain in vertebrate otopetrins and invertebrate otopetrin-like family members." BMC evolutionary biology. 2008 Feb 6; 8:41. Epub 2008 Feb 06.
2007 Jul 17
Hughes I, Saito M, Schlesinger PH, Ornitz DM. "Otopetrin 1 activation by purinergic nucleotides regulates intracellular calcium." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2007 Jul 17; 104(29):12023-8. Epub 2007 Jul 02.
2006 May 26
Hughes I, Thalmann I, Thalmann R, Ornitz DM. "Mixing model systems: using zebrafish and mouse inner ear mutants and other organ systems to unravel the mystery of otoconial development." Brain research. 2006 May 26; 1091(1):58-74. Epub 2006 Mar 09.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Neurology, Child Neurology (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD PhD | Developmental Biology | Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis2007
BA | Biology | Williams College1999

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Epilepsy at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2014 - 06/02/2015
Residency at University of Rochester Medical Center06/29/2009 - 06/30/2012
Internship in Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester06/23/2007 - 06/26/2009