Speaker @ 23andMe
Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 and is responsible for overseeing research projects, ensuring the protection of research participants, and developing ancestry product offerings. Prior to joining 23andMe, Joanna earned a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University and served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford. She has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has authored or co-authored over 50 papers in the field of human genetics. Joanna spent two years in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer and continues to be particularly interested in the genetic diversity of Africa.
Joanna led 23andMe’s Roots into the Future project, a successful effort to recruit more than 10,000 African Americans to participate in a genetic study to better understand the connection between DNA and disease and to create a more ethnically diverse research cohort. 23andMe supported the genetic ancestry testing of the cast and creatives of Roots in 2016.