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With Joseph Pickrell (CEO, Gencove), Sophie Zaaijer (Founder/CEO, PlayDNA), Christopher Mason (Prof., Physiology & Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medicine).
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 06:30 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
NY Genome Center, 101 6th Ave

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:30 PM 7:30 PM: Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

7:30 PM 8:30 PM: Cocktail Reception

Join us at the New York Genome Center for an engaging evening with genomic experts.

*Check out what a low-cost spit kit of your saliva can reveal about your ancestry & your health.

*Get connected to mobile apps that let you bring your own genome & help advance genomic science.

*Learn how even very young schoolchildren are sequencing DNA, right in the classroom.

*Find out how geneticists, working with NASA, are tracking twin astronauts to prepare us for long-term human space travel & how they now sequence DNA routinely in space.

Joseph Pickrell, PhD
CEO, Gencove (A NYGC Spinout)
Human Geneticist

Joseph Pickrell, PhD, is the CEO of Gencove, an app designed to make genomic data accessible & interpretable. Prior to founding Gencove, Dr. Pickrell ran a lab dedicated to developing computational & statistical tools to transform large-scale genomic data into a better understanding of human biology at the New York Genome Center. Before joining the New York Genome Center in 2014, Dr. Pickrell was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School. He holds a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Chicago & a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sophie Zaaijer, PhD

CEO & Co-Founder, PlayDNA
Runway Fellow, Cornell Tech

Sophie Zaaijer, PhD, is CEO & Co-Founder of PlayDNA (, which brings the MinION, a portable DNA sequencer, into the classroom. She is also a Runway Fellow at Cornell Tech in the Runway Startup Postdoc Program. She did her postdoctoral research with Dr. Yaniv Erlich at the New York Genome Center & Columbia University, where she developed applications for the MinION in forensics, clinical & research labs. She frequently presents about the impact of genomics on our society. Through PlayDNA, she wants to prepare the next generation for a genomics-rich future.

Christopher Mason, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics,
Weill Cornell Medicine
Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Christopher Mason, PhD, completed his dual BS in Genetics & Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his PhD in Genetics from Yale University. He then completed post-doctoral training in clinical genetics at Yale Medical School & was a postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, & Law at Yale Law School. He is currently an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology & Medicine between Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Rockefeller University, the Sandra & Edward Meyer Cancer Center, & the Feil Family Brain & Mind Research Institute.

Google Scholar

To read more about Dr. Pickrells research, please visit Google Scholar Joseph Pickrell, PhD

To read more about Dr. Zaaijers research, please visit Google Scholar Sophie Zaaijer, PhD

To read more about Dr. Masons research, please visit Google Scholar Christopher Mason, PhD

The Evening Talks series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust Pyewacket Fund.


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