2019: Alexander (Sasha) Wait Zaranek

This thread is for the 2019 Community Seat election for the Board of Directors of the Open Humans Foundation. Below you will find the introduction for the candidate and have the opportunity to ask them any questions you might have for them.

Sasha’s Introduction
I am head of quantified biology at Veritas Genetics, the first company to introduce whole genome sequencing and interpretation to consumers and their physicians for under $1,000. My current research is focused on the delivery of real-time, biomedical insights from massive data sets, spanning millions of individuals across collaborating organizations, eventually encompassing exabytes of data. I am also a co-founder of the Harvard Personal Genome Project.

My hope is that Open Humans becomes a central, global hub for participatory research and participant led data sharing much as Wikipedia has become a hub for sharing facts. Specifically, I will use my relationships with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), NIH common fund, , the NIST “Genome In a Bottle” reference material consortium, and the global Personal Genome Project (PGP) organizations to further the integration of Open Humans with other local, national and international biomedical data sharing efforts.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wait_sasha
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Ifj9cY0AAAAJ&hl=en
Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0415-9655

Please feel free to post your questions for Sasha below!

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Thanks Bastian – nice to meet everyone!

Please feel free to ping me on Slack, email (awaitz@post.harvard.edu) or here! Look forward to chatting with new people.