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Girl Geek X 23andMe Dinner – October 2nd in Mountain View

Girl Geek X 23andMe Dinner

23andMe is excited to host our very first Girl Geek Dinner on Tuesday, October 2 at our headquarters in Mountain View! Join us for an evening of lightning talks from 23andMe scientists and software engineers.

Learn how 23andMe uses genetics to predict disease risk and ancestry, how to manage a team that loves what they do, and how 23andMe builds scaleable big data clusters. 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki will be giving a keynote.

All ages & genders are welcome!


6:00pm – 7:00pm: Check-in, Dinner & Drinks, Networking
7:00pm – 8:15pm: Lightening Talks + Kit Raffle
8:15pm – 8:45pm: More Networking!

Speaker Bios:

Anne WojcickiAnne Wojcicki, CEO & Co-Founder, 23andMe
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others. Under Anne’s leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of her ambitions.

Anne is the keynote speaker at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Carrie NorthoverCarrie Northover, Director, Research Services, 23andMe
Carrie joined 23andMe in 2013 and leads the Project Management group within the Research team. The group is responsible for management of 23andMe’s large scale research projects. Prior to 23andMe, Carrie held IP licensing and contracting positions at UCSF and Genentech. Carrie earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. In her free time, Carrie enjoys practicing yoga and backpacking, sometimes at the same time!

Carrie will be giving an introduction to the business model at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Janie SheltonJanie Shelton, Scientist II, 23andMe
Janie is a scientist in the Data Collection team in research at 23andMe. The data collection team develops the rich phenotypic database which complements the genetic data on 23andMe research participants. These phenotypes are used to drive research into novel genetic discoveries, recruit research participants into studies which may help understand or cure a disease, or produce a new product to help understand the genome. Janie’s role is at the intersection of epidemiology, biostatistics, and survey methodology. Starting with a research question, Janie and her team figure out how to design the study, draft the questionnaire, and analyze the data. She works on a wide range of projects, with a significant focus on how our research can help people with and at risk of Parkinson’s disease. Janie holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from UC Davis, and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from USC. Prior to this role she worked in Vienna, Austria for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime on national studies of substance abuse. When she isn’t collecting all the phenotypes, she can be found playing with her almost-2 year old daughter, riding bikes with her husband, or doing a Barre3 class.

Janie will be talking about data collection at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Alisa LehmanAlisa Lehman, Manager, Sr. Product Scientist, 23andMe
Alisa is a senior product scientist and has been working at 23andMe since 2015. Her team works to create scientifically accurate, consumer friendly genetic reports on traits and wellness topics. When she’s not geeking out to wacky science stories, Alisa spends a good chunk of her time cooking, backpacking, and playing board games. Alisa holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Alisa will be speaking about working with engineering to make genetic reports at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Shirley WuShirley Wu, Director, Product Science, 23andMe
Shirley leads Product Science at 23andMe, the team responsible for developing scientifically valid, user-friendly, and innovative health features to help people better understand and benefit from their genetic information. Over the last 8 years, Shirley has built a high performing, resilient, and more or less autonomous team – borne out during her recent 4-month maternity leave. Shirley studied Computational Biology at Brown University and earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford. Previously a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, you’re now more likely to find her running around after her kids, baking a mean olallieberry pie, or singing with the 23andMe Chromotones. Follow Shirley on Twitter at @shwu.

Shirley will be speaking about building a team that gets things done and loves what they do at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Kimberly McManusKimberly McManus, Computational Biologist, 23andMe
Kimberly joined 23andMe in 2017 and works to develop new methods and features for customers to learn about their ancestry on various timescales. Prior to 23andMe, she was a Software Engineer working on Machine Learning at LinkedIn. Kimberly holds a B.S. from MIT, as well as a Ph.D. in Biology and M.S. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University, where she studied demography and selection in diverse populations of humans and other great apes. Follow Kimberly on Twitter at @kim07mcm.

Kimberly will be speaking about predicting ancestry from genetic data at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Altovise EwingAltovise Ewing, Medical Science Liaison, Genetic Counselor, 23andMe
Altovise is a first generation college grad who, in 2005, earned her B.A. in Biology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She then joined Teach for America and taught middle school science for two years. Following her passion, she pursued a path that combined health, genetics and society, and earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Human Genetics with a specialization in Genetic Counseling, at Howard University in 2011. During her training, she spent time at the NIH with the Human Genome Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute. She also had the privilege of providing genetic counseling services to patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Altovise did a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Her scholarship focused on inclusion of diverse patient populations in cancer genetics research and development of ethically sound strategies to address health inequities. She has presented her research at national conferences and published in medical journals and popular magazines. Follow Altovise on Twitter at @the_social_scientist.

Altovise will be speaking about essential figures – black women scientists in STEM and medicine at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Sarah LaskeySarah Laskey, Scientist, Health R&D, 23andMe
Sarah joined 23andMe in the summer of 2016. She works on the Health R&D team, using the 23andMe database to power new genetic discoveries and product features for 23andMe customers. In addition to data science, Sarah loves books, running, immunology, education, baseball, and the color green. Sarah holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah will be speaking about using genetics to predict disease risk at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Xiaoxiao WangXiaoxiao Wang, Senior Software Engineer, 23andMe
Xiaoxiao is a Senior Software Engineer on 23andMe’s big data platform team. She helps build scalable big data clusters that provide reliable access to data for other engineering and research teams at 23andMe. Her team’s primary focus is to deliver a high performance system that will allow for faster and more efficient data analysis. Xiaoxiao has been working on big data problems since she graduated from Northeastern University in 2012.

Xiaoxiao will be speaking about building highly scalable and reliable big data clusters at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Olga SazonovaOlga Sazonova, Product Scientist II, 23andMe
Olga is a Product Scientist at 23andMe where she builds predictive models to inform and delight 23andMe customers. Olga’s academic background is in Biomedical Engineering and she spent 7 years at the bench before transitioning to a computational scientist during a post-doc at Stanford. Prior to 23andMe, Olga worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals searching for genomic biomarkers for drug efficacy in multiple myeloma. Apart from her work as a scientist, Olga is a mother of two children and serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Center of the Stanford Community, one of the largest cooperative childcare centers in the nation.

Olga will be speaking about how it ain’t all about your genes – the intersection of genetics and environment – at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

Patricia PentonPatricia Penton, Software Engineer, 23andMe
Patricia works on the user authentication team at 23andMe. She loves using the power of programming to automate repetitive tasks. Prior to joining 23andMe, Patricia was a microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and she studied molecular biology at the University of Cincinnati. Before becoming a microbiologist, Patricia was a community organizer for a political nonprofit group. She worked on (and won!) several local, state, and federal elections throughout the Midwest. In her free time, Patricia enjoys Olympic weightlifting, reading historical nonfiction about the Kennedys, and rooting for Houston athletes José Altuve & JJ Watt. Follow Patricia on Twitter at @pkpenton.

Patricia will be speaking about genetics 101 and is emcee at 23andMe Girl Geek Dinner.

About 23andMe:

23andMe, Inc. is the leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. The company was named by MIT Technology Review in its “50 Smartest Companies, 2017” list, and featured as Fast Company’s #2 Most Innovative Health Company in 2018. 23andMe has millions of customers worldwide, with more than 80 percent of customers consented to participate in research. 23andMe, Inc. is located in Mountain View, CA.

Event Tickets & Details:

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