Janie Shelton

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.