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Celebrate DNA Day

A list of upcoming and previous NHGRI events held in celebration of National DNA Day, including special seminars, online discussions and guest speakers.

Upcoming Events

2021

National DNA Day events have concluded for the the year.  Please check back later for information on next year's events.

  • Upcoming Events

    2021

    National DNA Day events have concluded for the the year.  Please check back later for information on next year's events.

Past Events

2021


H3Africa DNA Day Webinars

Do you know you have 10 billion different antibodies in your body?

Cathrine Scheepers, Ph.D.
Senior Medical Scientist, Centre for HIV and STIs at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Co-investigator, H3Africa Consortium
Johannesburg, South Africa

Thursday, March 25, 2021
8:00  a.m. Eastern Daylight Time
12:00 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time
2:00 p.m. Central African Time



Genomic Characterization and Surveillance of Microbial Threats in West Africa

Paul Oluniyi, Ph.D. Research Fellow
African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID)
Redeemer’s University
Ede, Nigeria

Thursday, April 8, 2021
11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time
3:00 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time
4:00 p.m. West African Time

 


Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture

Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D.
Member of the Order of Australia
Chief Scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

April 23, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

 

 

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Adoptee Panel

May 4, 2021, 06:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

NHGRI hosted DNA Day 2021 Celebrating Our Shared Connectivity: Genetic Ancestry Testing, Identity and the Adoptee Perspective. This panel brought together adoptees with unique experiences and expertise related to this technological advancement. Learn more about the power of community, the limitations of the technology and the ethical complexities of genetic ancestry testing.

Panelists included:

  • Kim Jacoby Morris, Ph.D.
    Education Specialist, NHGRI
     
  • Damon Davis, M.B.A.
    Who am I Really?, Podcast Host
    Who am I Really? An Adoptee Memoir, Author
     
  • Heewon Lee, M.S., LGC
    Genetic Counselor
    Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center
     
  • Tim Holtan
    Vietnamese Adoptee Community Activist

     

 

2020

NHGRI's Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group DNA Day 2020 Virtual Presentation

NHGRI’s Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group hosted a DNA Day 2020 presentation with special guest speaker Janina M. Jeff, Ph.D., population geneticist, bioinformatician, STEAM-activist, educator, motivational speaker and podcaster on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST via webinar.

DNA Day Health Disparities

 

More about Dr. Janina Jeff:

Dr. Janina M. Jeff is the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Illumina, where she develops pipelines for content annotation, selection, and design of population specific genome-wide content for Illumina’s genotyping array portfolio that enables healthy population screening. In 2018, Dr. Jeff was selected as one of three winners (out of 18,000) from Spotify’s Sound-Up Bootcamp for her podcast, “In Those Genes”, a podcast that uses genetics to decode the lost histories AND futures of African descended Americans through the lens of Black culture.

NHGRI-H3Africa DNA Day Speaker Exchange Webinar

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern, NHGRI hosted the NHGRI-H3Africa DNA Day Speaker Exchange Webinar, featuring the following topics and speakers:

  • Understanding the Molecular Profile of Metabolic Health Obesity in African Americans: From Single Molecule Approach to -Omics
    Ayo Doumatey, Ph.D.
    NHGRI
     
  • The Extent and Impact of Variation in ADME Genes in Sub-Saharan African Populations. 
    Jorge da Rocha, Ph.D. Candidate
    Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of the Witwatersrand
     
DNA Day H3Africa

 


National DNA Day Twitter Chat: Celebrate at Home!

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) hosted a National DNA Day Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., Eastern.

@DNADay will highlighted genetic and genomics resources accessible from mobile phones and home computers for families to celebrate National DNA Day at home. All were invited to participate using #DNADay2020.

 

 

  • Past Events

    2021


    H3Africa DNA Day Webinars

    Do you know you have 10 billion different antibodies in your body?

    Cathrine Scheepers, Ph.D.
    Senior Medical Scientist, Centre for HIV and STIs at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases
    Co-investigator, H3Africa Consortium
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    8:00  a.m. Eastern Daylight Time
    12:00 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time
    2:00 p.m. Central African Time



    Genomic Characterization and Surveillance of Microbial Threats in West Africa

    Paul Oluniyi, Ph.D. Research Fellow
    African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID)
    Redeemer’s University
    Ede, Nigeria

    Thursday, April 8, 2021
    11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time
    3:00 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time
    4:00 p.m. West African Time

     


    Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture

    Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D.
    Member of the Order of Australia
    Chief Scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    April 23, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

     

     

    Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Adoptee Panel

    May 4, 2021, 06:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

    NHGRI hosted DNA Day 2021 Celebrating Our Shared Connectivity: Genetic Ancestry Testing, Identity and the Adoptee Perspective. This panel brought together adoptees with unique experiences and expertise related to this technological advancement. Learn more about the power of community, the limitations of the technology and the ethical complexities of genetic ancestry testing.

    Panelists included:

    • Kim Jacoby Morris, Ph.D.
      Education Specialist, NHGRI
       
    • Damon Davis, M.B.A.
      Who am I Really?, Podcast Host
      Who am I Really? An Adoptee Memoir, Author
       
    • Heewon Lee, M.S., LGC
      Genetic Counselor
      Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center
       
    • Tim Holtan
      Vietnamese Adoptee Community Activist

       

     

    2020

    NHGRI's Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group DNA Day 2020 Virtual Presentation

    NHGRI’s Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group hosted a DNA Day 2020 presentation with special guest speaker Janina M. Jeff, Ph.D., population geneticist, bioinformatician, STEAM-activist, educator, motivational speaker and podcaster on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST via webinar.

    DNA Day Health Disparities

     

    More about Dr. Janina Jeff:

    Dr. Janina M. Jeff is the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Illumina, where she develops pipelines for content annotation, selection, and design of population specific genome-wide content for Illumina’s genotyping array portfolio that enables healthy population screening. In 2018, Dr. Jeff was selected as one of three winners (out of 18,000) from Spotify’s Sound-Up Bootcamp for her podcast, “In Those Genes”, a podcast that uses genetics to decode the lost histories AND futures of African descended Americans through the lens of Black culture.

    NHGRI-H3Africa DNA Day Speaker Exchange Webinar

    On Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern, NHGRI hosted the NHGRI-H3Africa DNA Day Speaker Exchange Webinar, featuring the following topics and speakers:

    • Understanding the Molecular Profile of Metabolic Health Obesity in African Americans: From Single Molecule Approach to -Omics
      Ayo Doumatey, Ph.D.
      NHGRI
       
    • The Extent and Impact of Variation in ADME Genes in Sub-Saharan African Populations. 
      Jorge da Rocha, Ph.D. Candidate
      Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of the Witwatersrand
       
    DNA Day H3Africa

     


    National DNA Day Twitter Chat: Celebrate at Home!

    The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) hosted a National DNA Day Twitter Chat on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., Eastern.

    @DNADay will highlighted genetic and genomics resources accessible from mobile phones and home computers for families to celebrate National DNA Day at home. All were invited to participate using #DNADay2020.

     

     

Last updated: May 11, 2021