Rob Knight, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science, Your Wild Life, Rumi Chunara, Instructor, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and John Moult, Professor, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), University of Maryland, discuss the exploration of citizen science and participatory research in genomic study.
Rumi Chunara, PhD is an Instructor at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, with a background in building biological sensors. Her interests are on using information obtained from personal sensors to describe and predict population-level public health issues. Her research focuses on building and using novel information sources to accelerate and augment healthcare in places with all different levels of healthcare infrastructure. Rumi is trained as an engineer and received her BS in electrical engineering with honours from Caltech, and her doctoral studies were through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She also has gained clinical experiences at hospitals in Pakistan, Kenya, and the USA.
Rob Knight, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research includes studies of the relationships among RNA sequence, structure and function, and studies of microbial communities in different habitats, including the human microbiome. His lab is part of the Human Microbiome Project Data Analysis and Coordination Center, and he was recently selected for an HHMI Early Career Scientist Award. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 working with Laura Landweber at Princeton University, did postdoctoral work with Mike Yarus at the University of Colorado, and joined the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department in 2004 as the first hire made by the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology.
Holly Menninger, PhD is the Director of Public Science for Your Wild Life. Your Wild Life is an outreach and science communication program based at NC State University that engages the public in studying, understanding, and celebrating the biodiversity associated with our every day lives - from our belly buttons to our backyards. She earned a PhD in ecology from the University of Maryland, and has worked at the intersection of science and society - in science policy, science communication and natural resource management.
John Moult is a professor for the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) administrated by University of Maryland.