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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

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

NHGRI’s Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group is hosting 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.
 

Register for the 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.

  • Upcoming Events

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

    NHGRI’s Genomics and Health Disparities Interest Group is hosting 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.
     

    Register for the 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.

Past Events

2020

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.

 

 

2019

Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture - David Kong, Ph.D.

NHGRI hosted its annual Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Speaker Series with special guest speaker David Kong, Ph.D., is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.

Dr. Kong's discussion topic is connecting the life sciences with diverse communities. The event took place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium (Bldg. 38A).

More about Dr. David Kong:
Dr. Kong received a Master's degree in nanotechnology and a Ph.D. in synthetic biology from MIT. He is a researcher at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory developing microfluidic, "Lab-on-a-chip" biotechnologies. Dr. Kong was recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology as a "LEAP" fellow, served as a guest faculty member at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, and is managing faculty of "How To Grow (Almost) Anything," an international course on biotechnology.  He is the founder and director of EMW, a community center in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Kong is part of the EMW Street Bio team that created Biota Beats. Biota Beats translates bacterial cultures into music, ultimately fostering community, transfer and exchange while celebrating art, science and life in all forms.

  • Past Events

    2020

    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.

     

     

    2019

    Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Lecture - David Kong, Ph.D.

    NHGRI hosted its annual Louise M. Slaughter National DNA Day Speaker Series with special guest speaker David Kong, Ph.D., is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.

    Dr. Kong's discussion topic is connecting the life sciences with diverse communities. The event took place on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium (Bldg. 38A).

    More about Dr. David Kong:
    Dr. Kong received a Master's degree in nanotechnology and a Ph.D. in synthetic biology from MIT. He is a researcher at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory developing microfluidic, "Lab-on-a-chip" biotechnologies. Dr. Kong was recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology as a "LEAP" fellow, served as a guest faculty member at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, and is managing faculty of "How To Grow (Almost) Anything," an international course on biotechnology.  He is the founder and director of EMW, a community center in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Kong is part of the EMW Street Bio team that created Biota Beats. Biota Beats translates bacterial cultures into music, ultimately fostering community, transfer and exchange while celebrating art, science and life in all forms.

Last updated: April 16, 2020