Advisory Board

Jason Bobe, B.A, MSIS

Jason Bobe, B.A., MSIS is the Director of Community for the Personal Genome Project which is based out of George Church’s lab at Harvard Medical School.
Jason is interested in how new technologies and the web are redefining the relationships between scientific research communities, communities from the general public, and the network of actors in between. Personal genomics may be the preeminent case study of our lifetimes. That is why he started writing the blog The Personal Genome in 2003.
More generally, he’s interested in the entrepreneurship of ideas around emerging technologies with rich informational components and significant social and personal impacts. He’s earned degrees in molecular biology and information systems, although he’s not a scientist or a computer programmer. He’s worked for a genetic counseling startup, doing business development and he has a graduate degree from a business school. He adores the history of science and medicine, particularly when they lend insight to present day issues or serve as tools for forecasting.
He authored Don’t Phage Me, Bro, From Trickle Down Genomics to the Virtuous Circle, Free Personal Genome Activism goes International, Figures from History, Redux 1: Gregor Mendel, 50 million personal genome sequences by 2015?, Compelled Disclosure, Richard Nixon, and your genetic information, Can a personal genome sequence get a creative commons license?, Richter Scale and Your Genomic Portfolio, Twittering Toilets and Phenomic Death Wishes, Medical Ethics 2.0, Risks of obtaining and sharing your genome sequence, Shortage of physician-geneticists in the United States, and Flashback 1995: Epidemiology faces its limits.
Jason earned his B.A. in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000 and his MSIS in Business & Information Systems at the Kelley School of Business in 2005.
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