We’re excited to announce 23andMe’s first annual Future of Phenotyping conference, a meeting focused on innovative data collection methods occurring in and around the Bay Area.


Apps, wearables, and other novel means of phenotypic data collection are transforming the way we study large cohorts. To foster more scientific exchange between scientists using innovative phenotyping methods, we are hosting a free one-day meeting at our office in downtown Mountain View.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 8am – 5pm PT
Location: 23andMe, 899 W. Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041


The schedule will feature talks and posters, and while we anticipate that some of those will be from 23andMe scientists, we sincerely hope that students and postdocs will submit abstracts to give talks and posters as well. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the meeting will finish up with a happy hour on our rooftop deck.


Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, November 19

Registration is free, but space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll receive a confirmation of your registration within 48 hours. Abstracts will be selected for talks and posters by the end of November.


8:00am          Breakfast and Check-In
9:15am          Introduction by Geoff Benton, Ph.D., Director of Health R&D at 23andMe, Inc.
9:30am          Keynote Talks

  • 9:30: “Crowdsourcing genotypes for association studies: Results from the MyHeartCounts ResearchKit study”
    • Steven Hershman, Ph.D., Director of mHealth at Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 9:55: “Sperm Count – The Sixth Vital Sign?”
    • Greg Sommer, Ph.D., Founder and CSO of Sandstone Diagnostics, Inc.
  • 10:20: “Facial Measurements for Genetic Evaluation using a mobile phone”
    • Akash Kumar, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Genetics Resident, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 10:45: “Improving Hypertension and Heart Health Using Smartphone Technology: A clinical study review”
    • Maayan Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of Hello Heart, Inc.
  • 11:10: “Digital Phenotyping Towards Advancing Relapse Prediction in Serious Mental Illnesses”
    • Ryan Hays, Research Assistant, Torous Lab/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
  • 11:35: “Validity of the Cold Pressor Test and Pain Sensitivity Questionnaire via online self-administration”
    • Matthew McIntyre, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Data Collection, 23andMe, Inc.

12:00pm        Lunch
1:30pm          Concurrent info sessions: Working at 23andMe/Collaborating with 23andMe
2:10pm          23andMe Lightning Talks

  • 2:10: “Brain games: implementation and research insights of online cognitive assessments”
    • Yunru (Claire) Huang, Ph.D., Scientist, Biostatistics, 23andMe, Inc.
  • 2:25: “Using 23andMe data to explore the phenomes of Parkinson’s disease and cognitive function.”
    • Stella Aslibekyan, Ph.D., Genetic Epidemiologist, 23andMe, Inc.
    • Karl Heilbron, D.Phil., Post-doctoral Computational Biologist, 23andMe, Inc.
  • 2:45: “Hear me out: Implementing a web-based hearing assessment”
    • Liz Babalola, Scientist, Data Collection, 23andMe, Inc.

3:00pm          Panel discussion – “Future opportunities and challenges in phenotyping large cohorts”

  • Moderator: Sarah Laskey, Ph.D. – Scientist, Health R&D, 23andMe
  • Geoff Benton, Ph.D. – Director of Health R&D, 23andMe
  • Julia Hu – Founder and CEO of Lark Technologies, Inc.
  • Scarlet Shore – Product Manager and Platform Lead at Verily Life Sciences LLC.
  • Steven Hershman, Ph.D. – Director of mHealth at Stanford University School of Medicine

4:00pm          Happy Hour

Directions & Parking


23andMe, 899 W. Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041


For those of you who are driving, there is a public structure at Lot 1, which is next to our building (Bryant St. between Evelyn Ave. and Villa St.). Complimentary day parking passes will be provided. Please inquire with the front receptionist upon check-in.

Please note that parking in a permit area or a two-hour space over two hours without a parking pass will result in a ticket issued by the city.

Public transportation

Our office is a 5-minute walk from the Caltrain Mountain View station.