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September
2017
13
High Tech, Low Cost: Next-Generation Genomic Testing
New York Genome Center
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

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

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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 and your health.
 
*Get connected to mobile apps that let you “bring your own genome” and 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 and how they now sequence DNA routinely in space.
 
PANELISTS
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 and interpretable. Prior to founding Gencove, Dr. Pickrell ran a lab dedicated to developing computational and 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 and 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 and Co-Founder of PlayDNA (goplaydna.com), 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 and Columbia University, where she developed applications for the MinION in forensics, clinical and 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 and Biophysics,
Weill Cornell Medicine
Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christopher Mason, PhD, completed his dual BS in Genetics and 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 and was a postdoctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and 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 and Medicine between Cornell, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute.
 
Google Scholar
 
To read more about Dr. Pickrell’s research, please visit – Google Scholar – Joseph Pickrell, PhD
 
To read more about Dr. Zaaijer’s research, please visit – Google Scholar – Sophie Zaaijer, PhD
 
To read more about Dr. Mason’s research, please visit – Google Scholar – Christopher Mason, PhD
 
 

The Evening Talks series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust – Pyewacket Fund.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

  • EVENING TALKS
    The New York Genome Center’s Evening Talks events feature distinguished experts from around the world sharing genomic insights and research. They are intended to showcase and explain high science to the non-scientific community. Speakers present the latest research findings and explain its implication for helping improve clinical care for a wide array of serious diseases. The lecture is followed by a lively question-and-answer session and a post-event reception of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. These popular free public events are held in the Center’s state-of-the-art ground-floor auditorium starting at 6:00 pm. The Evening Talks Series is sponsored by The New York Community Trust – Pyewacket Fund.

  • Workshops
  • Computational Cancer Genomics Working Group Evening Lectures
    Computational Cancer Genomics Working Group is led by Simon Tavaré, PhD, NYGC and Columbia University, and Sohrab Shah, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This group will build collaborations that apply novel statistical approaches and population-level analyses to major cohorts in cancer genomics.

  • Neurodegenerative Disease Working Group Evening Lectures
    The NYGC is leveraging the success of the Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease (CGND) to extend our work across a range of neurodegenerative diseases that have pathways in common with ALS, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. The NYGC has created a new Neurodegenerative Disease Working Group, led by Alison Goate, DPhil, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Hemali Phatnani, PhD, NYGC, and Phil De Jager, PhD, MD, MMSc, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, with the objective of bringing together researchers from NYGC’s institutional founding members, NYGC faculty, senior faculty, NYGC technology development and computational scientists, and affiliate members to discuss the underlying disease mechanisms in neurodegenerative disease.

  • Neuropsychiatric Disease Working Group Evening Lectures
    The NYGC has created a new scientific working group with the objective of bringing together researchers from our Institutional Founding Members, NYGC faculty, senior faculty, NYGC technology development and computational scientists, and affiliate members to discuss the underlying disease mechanisms in neuropsychiatric disease.