Devices & Diagnostics

Here are 9 genetics and genomics thought leaders to follow on Twitter

Genetic testing, particularly for cancer, family histories and the decision whether or not to opt for surgery based on family history and genes were the focus of a lot of interesting news stories this week. Angelina Jolie’s editorial discussing her move to have a double mastectomy to reduce the likelihood of getting breast cancer after […]

Genetic testing, particularly for cancer, family histories and the decision whether or not to opt for surgery based on family history and genes were the focus of a lot of interesting news stories this week. Angelina Jolie’s editorial discussing her move to have a double mastectomy to reduce the likelihood of getting breast cancer after a genetic test revealed that she had the BRCA1 gene coupled with a family history of breast cancer.

Here are some industry insiders who offer a wide variety of perspectives on genetic testing and genome analysis from professors and public health directors to scientists and entrepreneurs.

Misha Angrist (@MishaAngrist) is an assistant professor with the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.

Daniel MacArthur (@dgmacarthur) heads a lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute @broadinstitute to extract information from human DNA sequence data.

Justin H. Johnson (@BioInfo) is director of bioinformatics at @EdgeBio and tweets about genomics, biotech and science as a service.

Dr. Muin Khoury (@DrKhouryCDC) is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Genomics.

Kenna Shaw (@kennamshaw) is the director of The Cancer Genome Atlas program. Set up by the National Institutes of Health, it’s a collection of multidimensional maps of genomic changes in major and subtypes of cancer, and serves as a resource for researchers to develop better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent these cancers. It’s jointly led by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Deanna Church (@deannachurch) is a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health with a focus on genetics and genomics.

Saskia Sanderson (@SCSanderson) is an adjunct assistant professor at @IcahnInstitute and @MountSinaiNYC who does research on the psychological impact of personal genomics.

Dr. Michael Pellini (@MichaelPellini) is the CEO of Foundation Medicine, a cancer diagnostics company bringing comprehensive cancer genomic analysis to routine clinical care.

Dr. Stefan Gruenwald (@sgruenwald) is a co-founder and chief technology officer for Diagnomics, a genome-sequencing service provider.