Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for the scientific content of the Annual Meeting and other meetings sponsored by the Society. Committee meets by conference calls (at least 3) to select the invited program and in person in July to select the abstract-driven program. Committee also meets in person in October at the Annual Meeting.

Committee Group: Scientific & Research Excellence, along with the the Digital Learning Committee and Professional Practice & Social Implications Committee

2023 Committee Members

  • Chair: Mete Civelek, PhD, University of Virginia
  • Incoming Chair: Beth Sullivan, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Stephanie Bielas, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Amelie Bonnefond, PhD, Inserm/CNRS UMR8199
  • Kevin Booth, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Daniel Chasman, PhD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Megan Dennis, PhD, University of California, Davis
  • Marina Distefano, PhD, FACMG, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Luis Escobar, MD, MS, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital
  • Jill Fahrner, MD/PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Sarah Gagliano Taliun, PhD, Montréal Heart Institute/Université de Montréal
  • Anne Giersch, PhD, Brigham & Women’s Hosp/Harvard MedSch
  • Melissa Gymrek, PhD, University of California San Diego
  • Neil Hanchard, MD/PhD, DPhil, NIH
  • Ryan Hernandez, PhD, UCSF
  • Hailiang Huang, PhD, Mass General Research Institute
  • Tuomas Kilpeläinen, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jacob Kitzman, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Ephrat Levy-Lahad, MD, Shaare Zedek Medical Center
  • Qiongshi Lu, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Stephen Montgomery, PhD, Stanford University
  • Heather Ochs-Balcom, PhD, University at Buffalo
  • Renato Polimanti, PhD, Yale University
  • Fernando Scaglia, MD, Baylor Col Med
  • Cassandra Spracklen, PhD, University of Massachusetts
  • Jing Wang, MD, Children’s Hospital Philadelphia
  • Genevieve Wojcik, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Brooke Wolford, PhD, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Jingjing Yang, PhD, Emory University
  • Rose Yang, PhD, MPH, NCI, NIH
  • Heather Zierhut, PhD, CGC, University of Minnesota


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