ASHG 2018

We hope to see you in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics! Below is an overview of our scientific presence at this year’s conference.


Tuesday, Oct 16

Incidence of uniparental disomy in 2 million individuals from the 23andMe database

  • Priya Nakka, 23andMe intern, Brown University
  • Session 4: Featured Plenary Abstract Session I
  • 5:50pm – 6:10pm
  • Hall C – Ground Level


Wednesday, Oct 17

Combining genetic and exposure data significantly improve risk prediction for skin cancer

  • Pierre Fontanillas, PhD, Senior Scientist I, Statistical Genetics
  • Session 7: GWAS in Combined Cancer Phenotypes
  • 9:15am – 9:30am
  • Ballroom 20BC – Upper Level


All posters can be found in the Exhibit Hall on Ground Level of the San Diego Convention Center.


Wednesday, Oct 17

Updating an efficient pipeline for local ancestry inference

  • Ethan Jewett, PhD, Scientist I, Population Genetics
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #1479

Prioritizing variants and reducing false positive associations in GWAS

  • Keng-Han Lin, PhD, Scientist I, Statistical Genetics
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #3498

An initiative for genetic data collection from underrepresented countries and populations

  • Kimberly McManus, PhD, Scientist I, Population Genetics
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #2712


Thursday, Oct 18

Controls: How large is too large? A survey of methods for optimal subsampling in large-scale case-control studies

  • Yunxuan Jiang, PhD, Scientist I, Statistical Genetics
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #3547

Accurate prediction of multiple pigmentation phenotypes

  • Babak Alipanahi, PhD, Senior Scientist I, Computational Biology
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #2578

A survey of integrating age-at-onset genetics for predicting the age-specific disease risk

  • Chao Tian, PhD, Senior Scientist I, Statistical Genetics
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #3532


Friday, Oct 19

Itchy and scratchy: Polygenic risk scores predict self-reported mosquito attraction and bite response

  • James Ashenhurst, PhD, Product Scientist II
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2579

Initiatives to increase the diversity of populations represented in genetics research

  • Anjali Shastri, PhD, Research Project Manager
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2747

Deconstructing the genetic architectures of BMI and eating behavior phenotypes

  • Janie Shelton, PhD, Scientist II, Data Collection
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2135

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing for factor V Leiden and prothrombin 20210G>A: the consumer experience

  • Sarah Elson, PhD, Senior Scientist I, Program Management
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #626

Genetic associations with sleep apnea in a European population

  • Yunru Huang, PhD, Scientist I, Biostatistics
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #3422

Opsin gene probes accurately predict red-green color vision deficiencies derived from a web-based Ishihara plate color perception test

  • Michael Multhaup, PhD, Senior Product Scientist I
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #2522

Finding rare variants of large effect using identity-by-descent mapping

  • Suyash Shringarpure, PhD, Senior Scientist I, Statistical Genetics
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #3518


Members of our Research Team will be available at our booth (#1225) to answer any questions you may have about our research initiatives, how to collaborate with us, and what it’s like working at 23andMe. Stop by and say hello!


We will also be selling kits at a special discount for ASHG attendees ($99 for Health + Ancestry, $69 for Ancestry only). Additionally, we’ll be giving away free copies of our children’s book You Share Genes With Me while supplies last.

Call for Collaborations

23andMe endeavors to advance biomedical science through genetic research and frequently collaborates with external academic researchers.

  • Our Research Innovation Collaborations Program invites academic researchers to submit proposals and work with 23andMe to study de-identified, aggregated data from the 23andMe database. We seek collaborators who will enable new discovery from our database with complementary datasets, expertise, and analytic techniques. We are particularly interested in developing and establishing the personal and clinical utility of genetics-based risk models.
  • Our Populations Collaborations Program provides support to researchers who seek to genotype a population that is under-represented in genetic studies. Ideally the researcher has plans for engaging local researchers or community members in the project. Projects in progress focus on populations of Honduras, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and South Africa.
  • We also provide access to de-identified summary statistics from published 23andMe GWAS for use in your research through a data transfer agreement.


We are inviting scientists to share their thoughts about our research. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to continue to improve 23andMe Research. This survey will take 2 minutes to complete and will enter you in a raffle to win a 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service kit.

One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email at the end of ASHG. Winners have 30 days to respond to email notification in order to claim their kit voucher.

Take Survey

Learn More about 23andMe Research

Did you know that we have over 110 publications? That we’re always looking for talented scientists to join our team? Or that we host free scientific conferences at 23andMe HQ, like our upcoming Future of Phenotyping conference on January 24? You can stay up-to-date about the latest news from our Research Team by following us on Twitter at @23andMeResearch.

If you have any questions about 23andMe Research, please contact our Research Communications Scientist, Jennifer McCreight (