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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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<P STYLE="text-align: center;"><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"><STRONG>6:30 PM 7:30 PM:</STRONG> Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A</SPAN></P>
<P STYLE="text-align: center;"><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> <STRONG>7:30 PM 8:30 PM:</STRONG> Cocktail Reception</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"><EM>Join us at the New York Genome Center for an engaging evening with genomic experts.</EM></SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">*Check out what a low-cost spit kit of your saliva can reveal about your ancestry & your health.</SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">*Get connected to mobile apps that let you bring your own genome & help advance genomic science.</SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">*Learn how even very young schoolchildren are sequencing DNA, right in the classroom.</SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">*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.</SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #003366;"><STRONG>PANELISTS</STRONG></SPAN><BR> <SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"><STRONG>Joseph Pickrell, PhD</STRONG></SPAN><BR><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> CEO, Gencove (A NYGC Spinout)</SPAN><BR><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> Human Geneticist</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">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.</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"><STRONG>Sophie Zaaijer, PhD</STRONG></SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> CEO & Co-Founder, PlayDNA</SPAN><BR><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> Runway Fellow, Cornell Tech</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">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.</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"><STRONG>Christopher Mason, PhD</STRONG></SPAN><BR><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics,</SPAN><BR><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> Weill Cornell Medicine</SPAN><BR><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">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.</SPAN></P>
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<P><SPAN STYLE="text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;"><STRONG>Google Scholar</STRONG></SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">To read more about Dr. Pickrells research, please visit </SPAN> <A HREF="" REL="nofollow">Google Scholar Joseph Pickrell, PhD</A></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #050505;">To read more about Dr. Zaaijers research, please visit </SPAN> <A HREF="" REL="nofollow">Google Scholar Sophie Zaaijer, PhD</A></P>
<P><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;">To read more about Dr. Masons research, please visit </SPAN> <A HREF="" REL="nofollow">Google Scholar Christopher Mason, PhD</A></P>
<P STYLE="text-align: center;"><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"><EM>The Evening Talks series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust Pyewacket Fund.</EM></SPAN></P>
<P STYLE="text-align: center;"><SPAN STYLE="color: #000000;"> <STRONG>FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC</STRONG></SPAN></P>
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