Ph.D., VP of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Ancestry

Catherine Ball is VP of Genomics and Bioinformatics at Ancestry where she leads a group of population geneticists, statisticians and computer scientists to create the analytical approaches behind AncestryDNA. Catherine is a genomic scientist who has annotated  and mined the genomes of various organisms and annotated the first sequenced eukaryotic genome. As a pioneer in data analysis for biomedical technologies, she previously led the Stanford Microarray Database, the largest of its kind. She has used biomedical data to shed light on diverse research topics, from the biology of infectious organisms to mechanisms involved in cell division. Catherine received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, LA. and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley prior to her research at Stanford University’s Genetics and Biochemistry department.


Genomic Data, Migration Patterns & Disease

Through user-reported phenotype and family history, over one million genotypes, and the combination of over 20 million genealogical records with genetic data is enabling unprecedented discoveries of ancestral migration patterns. Such findings and methodology help identify familial mutations and population structure that will aid in developing targeted disease therapeutics.

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