Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. George Church, PhD.

Chairman

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Dr. George Church, PhD.

Chairman

George M. Church, PhD ’84, is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, a founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of PersonalGenomes.org, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data. Church is known for pioneering the fields of personal genomics and synthetic biology. He developed the first methods for the first genome sequence & dramatic cost reductions since then (down from $3 billion to $600), contributing to nearly all “next generation sequencing” methods and companies. His team invented CRISPR for human stem cell genome editing and other synthetic biology technologies and applications – including new ways to create organs for transplantation, gene therapies for aging reversal, and gene drives to eliminate Lyme Disease and Malaria.  Church is director of IARPA & NIH BRAIN Projects and National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Genomic Science.  He has coauthored 450 papers, 105 patents, and one book, “Regenesis”. His honors include Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science, the Time 100, and election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

Dr. Scott Kahn

Chief Strategy Advisor

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Dr. Scott Kahn

Chief Strategy Advisor

Dr. Scott Kahn most recently served as Vice President for Illumina's Enterprise Informatics group after serving as Illumina's Chief Information Officer for nine years. During his time at Illumina, Dr. Kahn has lead all scientific software, bioinformatics, and information technology for the company.

Prior to Illumina, Dr. Kahn served as Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Accelrys (now Dassault Systémes BIOVIA) where he worked for a decade in computational chemistry and guided commercial development of some of the world's most widely used simulation products.

Dr. Kahn also spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Kahn earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine and performed post-doctoral research at Cambridge University in England.

Mr. Grant Wood

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Mr. Grant Wood

Grant Wood has been working in clinical genetics at Intermountain Healthcare for 13 years. He is responsible for creating computer systems that will support healthcare providers in delivering genetics-based clinical care, which include applications that collect family health history and genetic test result data to enable advanced clinical decision support. Grant is a member of the HL7 Clinical Genomics workgroup, and participates in activities with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), a co-chair of the IT/Bioinformatics work group for the Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative (G2MC), a co-chair of the FHIR Foundation’s DIGITizE pilot to get coded pharmacogenetic data from the lab to the EHR, and a co-chair of the WEDI Genomics workgroup. He participates with many other groups, activities, and conferences that promote family health history and clinical genomics. He also serves on the board of directors for AlphaNet, an organization that provides free disease management services to people with the genetic disorder Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.