Research

Our Research Team utilizes a wide range of expertise to conduct innovative research at an unprecedented scale and level of complexity. Each of the groups below plays an essential role in supporting our mission of making new genetic discoveries possible.

Genomics R&D

Made up of computational biologists, statistical geneticists, and bioinformaticians, this group is responsible for maintaining and improving our core methods for making genetic discoveries. These methods are the basis for all scientific efforts across the company, from supporting new features in our product to identifying drug target candidates for our Therapeutics division. Our statistical expertise, combined with what is one of the largest genomic datasets in the world, has made 23andMe a leader in studying human traits and diseases.

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  • Joyce Tung

  • David Hinds

  • Adam Auton

  • Robert Bell

  • Pierre Fontanillas

  • Suyash S. Shringarpure

  • Xin Wang

  • Sahar Mozaffari

  • Keng-Han Lin

  • Yunxuan Jiang

  • Priyanka Nandakumar

  • Jing Shi

  • Wei Wang

  • Karl Heilbron

  • Barry Hicks

  • Sayantan Das

  • Teresa Filshtein Sonmez

  • Gabriel Cuellar Partida

Data Collection

Genetic discoveries are not possible without phenotypic data. Our one billion data points, gathered through self-report surveys, cover a wide range of topics, from wellness and behavior, to diseases or chronic conditions. The topics of these questionnaires cover conditions that are both serious, such as cancer, and not so serious, like acne. We also ask about common conditions like heart disease, as well as rare ones like ALS. Our Data Collection Team utilizes a breadth of essential expertise — including public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, social sciences, and psychology — to ensure the quality of our phenotypic data and to support scientific endeavors across the Research Team.

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  • Matthew McIntyre

  • Stella Aslibekyan

  • Liz Babalola

  • Devika Dhamija

  • Catherine Weldon

  • Daniella Coker

  • Lindsey Tran

  • Christophe Tchakouté

Populations & Participant Advocacy

Respecting our research participants is our highest priority. Our Research Ethics and Policy Team addresses a range of issues connected to our ground-breaking research program, including informed consent, recruitment, privacy, and data sharing and management. Over 80% of our customers provide consent to participate in research, and we evaluate new forms of research recruitment based on genetic and phenotype data, focusing on proper handling of potentially sensitive data and ensuring that research participation minimizes harm and maximizes potential benefits. We also enact policies around data handling and sharing that are designed to maximize the impact of our massive research database while ensuring the privacy of our research participants.

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  • Sarah Elson

  • Pooja Gandhi

  • Emily Bullis

  • Johnathan Bowes

  • Trung Le

  • Joanna Mountain

  • Steven Micheletti

  • Éadaoin Harvey

  • Alison Fitch

Program Management & Operations

At 23andMe, we are redefining the field of human genetics by conducting research studies at an unprecedented scale and level of complexity. We are always dreaming up new ways to innovate, such as enabling people to participate in studies from the convenience of their phones, asking research participants to self-administer a well-established pain endurance test, and recruiting tens of thousands of research participants at breakneck speeds. These projects involve teams from across 23andMe and sometimes involve academic collaborators, industry partners, and non-profit and government funding agencies.

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  • Carrie Northover

  • Anna Faaborg

  • Paul Cannon

  • Shirin Fuller

  • Liz Noblin

  • Helen Rowbotham

  • Meghan Moreno

  • Jey McCreight

  • Anjali Shastri

  • Rose Eckert

  • Madeleine Schloetter

  • Aaron Petrakovitz

  • Chelsea Ye

  • Eli Chanoff

  • Katelyn Kukar

  • Maya Lowe

  • Vikram Satyan

  • Morgan Schumacher

  • Corrina Wong

Our Commitment to Unbiased Research

23andMe is committed to promoting objectivity and eliminating bias in our research.
Read about our policy to prevent financial conflicts of interests.