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Area of Expertise: Technology
"How do we ensure the populations of people that need genome sequencing the most are not the last to benefit? My vision is to make genetic research more Native, to Indigenize genome sequencing technology. "
Native Hawaiian geneticist, indigenous rights activist, and National Geographic Explorer Keolu Fox explores the links between human genetic variation and disease in underrepresented populations. A postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, he advocates for more inclusive and representative genome sequencing to allow indigenous populations to gather and analyze their own genetic data. Keolu’s current project focuses on using genome editing technologies to investigate the molecular events involved in chronic inflammatory states resulting in obesity and catecholamine resistance.