Senior Director, Genomics and Content, Personalis, Inc,Biography
Deanna Church is the Senior Director of Genomics and Content at Personalis, Inc, a clinical genomics diagnostic company in Menlo Park, CA.She joined Personalis from the NCBI where she was one of the leads developing the GRCh38 reference and other bioinformatics databases. Deanna Church, Ph.D., was a staff scientist at NCBI, where she oversaw several projects concerning managing and displaying genomic data, including dbVar, a database of genomic structural variation, the NCBI Map Viewer, the Clone database, and the NCBI Remap service. Dr. Church is also a member of the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) an international consortium charged with improving the human, mouse, and zebrafish assemblies, and was an author on the two seminal manuscripts describing the human and mouse genome sequences. She has experience in molecular biology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and is currently focusing on making genomic data more useful through large-scale annotation and comparative genomics. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1990, and received her doctoral degree in the Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine in 1997. She performed postdoctoral work with Dr. Janet Rossant at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.