Current Issues in Genetics (CIG)

Fridays, 4:00 to 5:00 PM virtually unless notified in advance.



Students & Other

Sept. 18

Anne Brunet

Kevin Van Bortle

(Snyder lab)

Sept. 25

Anshul Kundaje

ChaRandle Jordan

(Diversity/Justice Speaker)

Oct. 2

Abbey Thompson

Theo Susanto

(Barna lab)

Oct. 9

MaryAnn Campion

Nathan Abell

(Montgomery lab)

Oct. 16

Graham Erwin

(Snyder lab)


(Diversity/justice speaker)

Oct. 23

No CIG (Next-Gen Faculty Symposium)

Oct. 30

Maria Barna

Kay Koback

(Baker lab)

Nov. 6


Nov. 13

Billy Li


(Diversity/justice speaker)

Nov. 20

Hua Tang

Hannah De Jong

(Ashley lab)

Nov. 27

No CIG (Thanksgiving)

Dec. 4

Doug Vollrath


Dec. 11



(Diversity/justice speaker)

February 5, 2021 Guest Speaker- Cynthia Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D

“Difficult conversations:  A cross-cultural approach to conflict resolution”

Dr. Cynthia Nguyen, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist in Palo Alto, CA and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. She is a graduate of the Stanford School of Medicine medical school.

February 12, 2021 Guest Speaker- Daphne Martschenko, PhD

"Gatekeeping in Genetics: Shifting the Priorities of the Research Enterprise"

Daphne is a Research Fellow at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, a BioFutures Fellow in the Stanford Department of BioEngineering, and co-founder of the international Race, Empire, and Education Research Collective. Dr. Martschenko holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in Politics, Development, and Democratic Education and in 2019 received a Ph.D. in Education, also from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral work investigated teacher perspectives on the role and relevance of genetic data for education, focusing on how behavioral genetics research on educational attainment and intelligence intersected with educators' conceptualizations of racial and socioeconomic disparities in the American education system. She has appeared in numerous podcasts including Freakonomics Radio and has had her work published publicly accessible media outlets such as The Independent, The Conversation, and the Hastings Center Bioethics Forum. Currently, Daphne's work advocates for and facilitates research efforts that promote ethically and socially responsible research, research communication and community engagement in social and behavioral genomics.