ASHG 2020

This year’s American Society of Human Genetics meeting may be online, but we still look forward to connecting with you virtually! Below is an overview of our scientific presence at this year’s conference.

Big Data and Bioethics


Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm EST
Fah Sathirapongsasuti, PhD, is a former employee of 23andMe and will be presenting “Interrogating the genetics of identity: a personal perspective” at 4:20pm about his experience working on the same-sex sexual behavior GWAS from 2019. This will be followed by a Q&A where current 23andMe scientists will also be available to answer questions regarding the study.


As the conference is virtual this year, all posters will be available throughout the conference.

A participant- centric approach to genotype-driven recruitment

  • Johnathan Bowes, PhD, Associate Scientist, Research Policy, 23andMe
  • Poster #3036

A prospectus on ethical issues in the context of collaborations between academic and non-academic institutions on genetics research

  • Emily Bullis, PhD, Regulatory Scientist, 23andMe
  • Poster #3037

Unhealthy traits and risk of Parkinson’s disease: A Mendelian randomization study

  • Karl Heilbron, PhD, Scientist I, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • Poster #3973

Heritable determinants of mitochondrial heteroplasmy

  • Priyanka Nandakumar, PhD, Scientist II, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • Poster #3858

Trans-ethnic analysis of COVID-19 among 23andMe research participants reveals genetic and non-genetic associations with disease susceptibility and severity

  • Janie Shelton, PhD, Senior Scientist I, 23andMe
  • Poster #4134

Improving polygenic risk prediction by transferring GWAS signals from hundreds of complex traits

  • Wei Wang, PhD, Scientist II, Statistical Genetics, 23andMe
  • Poster #3869

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. This includes access to data from our COVID-19 publication.

Learn More about 23andMe Research

Did you know that we have over 150 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 (