Jay Shendure is an associate professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington. He was named the 2006 “Innovator Under 35“ by the MIT technology review. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics for outstanding scientific achievements in human genetics that have occurred in the last 10 years.
Shendure is revolutionizing his field with new ways to sequence DNA. He is the principal investigator of the “Shendure lab,” a research group in Seattle that has made significant contributions to technologies in genomics including some of the first applications of exome sequencing to identify the basis of Mendelian disorders and autism spectrum disorders. His team developed the first non-invasive sequencing of a fetal genome, and the haplotype-resolved sequencing of the HeLa genome, which will continue to be crucial in identifying mutations and disorders.
In 2005, he used off-the-shelf parts to determine the order of all the DNA bases in a bacterial genome at 20 times the speed and one-ninth the cost of traditional DNA sequencing. Shendure is now working to make the process even more efficient. By 2015, he says, it may enable biologists to sequence a person’s genome for just $1,000.
Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Areas of Expertise: Human Genetics and Rare Disorders, Genomics, DNA Sequencing and Technology Development Around DNA Sequencing
Pedro Domingos teaches computer science at the University of Washington in Seattle. His research spans a wide variety of topics in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science, including scaling learning algorithms to big data, maximizing word of mouth in social networks, unifying logic and probability, and deep learning.
A Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Domingos is also a winner of the SIGKDD Innovation Award, the highest honor in data science. He has held visiting positions at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT.
Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She was previously an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of International Affairs in Maryland and an environmental consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.
Jenkins is an expert in marine conservation, focusing on how people affect and are affected by the ocean. She specializes in fisheries (U.S. and international) and the use of technology for conservation, especially to prevent unintended catch (bycatch) of sea turtles and other species. She also can speak about marine habitat protection, tidal energy, and the role of users and stakeholders in technical decision-making.
In 2006, Jenkins received a Ph.D. in Marine Conservation from Duke University. She was recently awarded a 2013 Sloan Research Fellowship for Ocean Sciences.
Assistant Professor at Arizona State University
Areas of Expertise: Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, Fisheries and Fishing Gear, Tidal Energy, Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Habitat Protection, Science Art
Location: Tempe, AZ (school year) Seattle, WA (summer)