ASHG 2019

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

23andMe Exhibitor Education Event

The impact of DTC genetic testing on racial and ethnic identity


Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Location: Hilton Americas Houston, Lanier Ballroom DE, Level 4
Panelists: Joanna Mountain, Kanchan Chandra, Charmaine Royal, Vence Bonham


More information available here


Thursday, Oct 17

Hundreds of GWAS on a deeply-imputed cohort of 117,242 Ashkenazi Jews identify novel associations with uncommon and rare coding variants across a wide range of diseases

  • Aaron Kleinman, PhD, Sr. Scientist I, Computational Biology, 23andMe
  • Session #49: Variants Associated with Cancer in Large Cohorts
  • 12:15pm – 12:30pm
  • Hall B – Level 1


All posters can be found in the Exhibit Hall on Level 1 of the George R. Brown Convention Center.


Wednesday, Oct 16

The genetic consequences in the Americas of the transatlantic slave trade

  • Steven Micheletti, PhD, Scientist I, Population Genetics, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2349W

Genome-wide polygenic risk scores for 23andMe phenotypes based on UK Biobank GWAS summary statistics

  • Wei Wang, PhD, Scientist, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2799W

Towards greater equity in genetics research

  • Anjali Shastri, PhD, Senior Program Manager I, 23andMe
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #2340W


Thursday, Oct 17

An approach to develop multi-ethnic polygenic scores using GWAS meta-analysis and mega training cohort
Reviewer’s Choice Abstract

  • Jianan Zhan, PhD, Product Scientist II, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #1675T

Heritable determinants of mitochondrial heteroplasmy
Reviewer’s Choice Abstract

  • Priyanka Nandakumar, PhD, Scientist, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2857T

Trans-ethnic GWAS with individual-level data identified potential risk for cleft lip

  • Yunxuan Jiang, PhD, Scientist II, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Poster #2794T


Friday, Oct 18

Large-scale replication and discovery of genetic associations for rare diseases with self-reported medical data
Reviewer’s Choice Abstract

  • Suyash Shringarpure, PhD, Sr. Scientist I, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #1397F

Genome- and environment-wide study of red meat consumption in 23andMe research participants

  • Briana Cameron, PhD, Scientist II, Biostatistics, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2933F

Genome- and environment-wide study of sleep quality in 23andMe research participants of European descent

  • Yunru (Claire) Huang, PhD, Scientist I, Biostatistics, 23andMe
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Poster #2945F


Members of our Research Team will be available at our booth (#700) to answer any questions you may have about our research initiatives and how to collaborate with 23andMe. You can also stop by our Career Fair booth (#141) to learn more about what it’s like working at 23andMe. Stop by and say hello!


We’ll also be giving away free copies of our children’s book The One and Only 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 4 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.

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Learn More about 23andMe Research

Did you know that we have over 140 publications? That we’re always looking for talented scientists to join our team? Or that we host free scientific conferences at 23andMe HQ? 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 Science Communication Senior Program Manager, Jennifer McCreight (