Elaine Mardis
Supervisory Director

Prof. Dr. Elaine Mardis

Professor Dr. Elaine Mardis joined the Supervisory Board in 2014. She is also a member of the Science and Technology Committee and the Compensation and Human Resources Committee. Dr. Mardis is the Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She also is Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Mardis has research interests in the application of genomic technologies to improving the understanding of human disease and toward improving the precision of medical diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Dr. Mardis is the former Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was on the faculty for 22 years. As Co-Director of the McDonnell Genome Institute, she devised methods and automation that contributed to the Human Genome Project and has since played key roles in the 1000 Genomes Project, The Cancer Genome Atlas, and the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. Prior to joining the Washington University faculty, she was a senior research scientist at BioRad Laboratories. Dr. Mardis is the immediate past President of the American Association for Cancer Research, and has scientific advisory roles at the Regeneron Genomics Center, Caperna LLC, and Interpreta LLC. She also serves the U.S. government as a scientific advisor to the Veteran’s Administration for the Million Veterans Program. Additionally, Dr. Mardis is a member of the Board of Directors of Singular Genomics Systems, Inc. Dr. Mardis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1989, both from the University of Oklahoma. She is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine.