27
Sep
2021

Sequencing Genomes of Indigenous Populations: Keolu Fox on The Long Run

Today’s guest on The Long Run is Keolu Fox.

Keolu Fox, assistant professor, UCSD

Keolu is an assistant professor at UCSD with a fascinating mix of interests. He’s a Native Hawaiian, and got his PhD in genome sciences from the University of Washington. He’s now taking that mix of life experience and scientific training, and putting it to work on projects that sequence the DNA of traditionally overlooked indigenous populations.

Like many next-generation scientists, Keolu is thinking about impact, and not only in the traditional sense through academic publications. Keolu is committed to advancing our scientific knowledge of genomics and medicine through sequencing indigenous populations around the world, and doing it in a way that isn’t exploitive, that is mutually beneficial, and that builds trust.

I’ve known Keolu since he was a graduate student, and it’s been fun to see his career take off. He’s a fun guy to talk to, and we had some unvarnished, especially candid moments in this conversation.

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