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Alice Popejoy

Alice Popejoy

University of California, Davis
Dr. Alice B. Popejoy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (Division of Epidemiology) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis Health). The Popejoy Public Health Genomics lab operates at the intersections of computational genomics, population genetics, clinical genetics, biomedical data science, and bioethics. This interdisciplinary research program is focused on the use of diversity measures such as race, ethnicity, and ancestry in genomics and medicine, including the development of standards, recommendations, and novel approaches to modeling human population diversity. Dr. Popejoy is involved in several international genomics Consortia, leading the Ancestry & Diversity Working Group of the Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen), the Ancestry subgroup of the Sequencing & Diagnostic Yield (SADY) Working Group of the Clinical Sequencing Evidence-generating Research Consortium (CSER), and the embedded ethical, legal, social implications (ELSI) team of the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC). In addition to NIH-funded consortium work, Dr. Popejoy has been involved in community-based participatory work, including the Pathways to American Indian and Alaska Native Wellness (PAAW) Community Action Board (AICAB) through Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE). She previously conducted postdoctoral research from 2017 to 2021 at Stanford University in the Department of Biomedical Data Science and the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics after receiving a PhD in Public Health Genetics (2017) and a Certificate in Statistical Genetics (2015) from the University of Washington. Before graduate school, Dr. Popejoy received a double B.A. in Biology and French from Hamilton College, and later worked in science policy advocacy and research in Washington, DC on broadening participation of under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from 2010-2012.