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.
National DNA Day events have concluded for the the year. Please check back later for information on next year's events.
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)
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.
- 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
Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center
- Tim Holtan
Vietnamese Adoptee Community Activist
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- Kim Jacoby Morris, Ph.D.
Last updated: May 11, 2021