Misha Angrist, PhD was the fourth participant in the Harvard Personal Genome Project (PGP). He has chronicled the development of the PGP and his own participation in it in his book, Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics (HarperCollins, 2010). He is an Assistant Professor in the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and a Visiting Lecturer at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy.
Madeleine Ball, PhD is Senior Research Scientist at PersonalGenomes.org. Madeleine is also co-founder of the Open Humans project and Director of Research at the Harvard PGP. She has been involved in developing the computational and literature review methods used to interpret PGP genomes and is a leading developer of GET-Evidence, the PGP's system for genome interpretation. She is also an advocate of knowledge sharing, has contributed to Wikipedia and helped develop an offline version used by hundreds of thousands of children.
Jason Bobe is the founding Executive Director of PersonalGenomes.org and has served as the Director of Community for the Harvard Personal Genome Project since 2007. Jason is also curator and executive producer of the annual Genomes, Environments and Traits Conference (www.getconference.org ). He was an invited speaker to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and is a regular commentator on the importance of citizen science, decentralized access to genomic technologies and DIYbio.
John Cammack is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cammack Associates, a holding company with diversified interests in educational technology and brain fitness. In addition, John is a co-founder of Curiosityville, an early education start up located in Baltimore. John also serves as Chairman of the United Way of Central Maryland, a member of the CureViolence national board and on the Executive Committee of the Alpha Group. From 1991 to 2009, John was a senior executive at T. Rowe Price and served as Chairman of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance, a member of the Finra Investment Committee, the CFP Board of Standards and the Phi Beta Kappa Investment Committee. John is a graduate of Denison University and received his MBA from Columbia University.
George Church, PhD is the principal investigator, founder and guinea pig #1 of the Personal Genome Project (PGP) research study based at Harvard Medical School. He is also Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Wyss Institute, Director of the Center for Computational Genetics, and Director of the NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science (on human genome engineering). He is a member of the NAS and NAE and Franklin Laureate for Achievement in Science.
Esther Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings and sits on the boards of 23andMe, Voxiva and PersonalGenomes.org, among many other entitites. She is a believer in user-generated health as the best way to reduce the costs of health care, and is looking for investments in that new market. She is also PGP#3. Her other investments include Applied Proteomics, Genomera, Greengoose, Habit Labs, Health Engage, Health Rally, Health Tap, Keas, Medico, Medivo, Omada Health, Organized Wisdom, PatientsLikeMe, PatientsKnowBest, Resilient, Tocagen, Vita Portal (Russia), Valkee. (Photo credit: Tom Gruber)
Juan Enriquez is an experienced business leader, author, and academic who is recognized as a leading authority on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is a Managing Director in Excel Venture Management, a venture capital firm that invests in life science companies. He was the founding director of Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project. He then founded Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm. In 2005, he co-founded Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a synthetic biology company. He is the author of the best-selling As the Future Catches You, an analysis of the impact of genomics on business and society. His latest book, The Untied States of America, explores why, as technology advances, some countries are successful while others disappear. Mr. Enriquez serves on a number of boards including PersonalGenomes.org, Cabot Corp., The Chairman’s International Council of the America’s Society, and the Visiting Committee of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center. He earned a BA and MBA from Harvard, with Honors.
Michelle Meyer, J.D., Ph.D. (@michellenmeyer; www.michellenmeyer.com) is Assistant Professor and Director of Bioethics Policy in the Union Graduate College–Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Bioethics Program, where her research focuses on genetics; reproduction; innovation law and policy, including research ethics and regulation; applications of behavioral economics to law and policy; and legal and ethical obstacles to evidence-based policy. Previously, she was an Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center, a Greenwall Fellow at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, and a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She earned a Ph.D. in religious studies, with a focus on applied ethics, from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium and Making Science Less WEIRD. She is a member of the Board of Directors of PersonalGenomes.org and a PGP participant.
Ryan Phelan is the Executive Director of Revive and Restore, a project within The Long Now Foundation, with a mission to provide deep ecological enrichment through extinct species revival. Phelan was founder and former CEO of DNA Direct, which provides genetic testing services and decision support for patients, providers and health care payors. In 2010, DNA Direct became a wholly owned subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions, one of the country's largest pharmacy benefit managers. Phelan has been a strong consumer health advocate for the past 25 years, having started the first medical library for consumers in 1978. As Founding Director of Planetree, a nonprofit consumer health care organization, she helped create a national model for humanizing hospitals, and a national model for providing health information to the public, the Planetree Resource Center. In 1995 she founded Direct Medical Knowledge (DMK). DMK was an extensive consumer health web site highly regarded for its unique content depth and innovative search interface. In 1999 WebMD, a leader in the Internet health information industry acquired Direct Medical Knowledge. She was also co-founder of the ALL Species Foundation in 2002, a global science initiative to discover all life on Earth, which evolved into the Encyclopedia of Life.
Daniel Vorhaus, JD has served as an ELSI advisor to the Personal Genome Project and PersonalGenomes.org since 2006. Dan graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a masters degree in bioethics from Lancaster University in England, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Dan is also the founding editor of the Genomics Law Report and has written widely on a variety of topics at the intersection of law, science and policy. Dan is currently an Associate General Counsel at McKinsey & Company.