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Dr. Keolu Fox

Genome Scientist

Dr. Fox is the son of a Native Hawaiian mother and the grandson of Holocaust survivors. His family history guides his practice as a genome scientist and advocate for technologies that empower Indigenous communities. Dr. Fox is the first Native Hawaiian to receive a doctorate in genome sciences. He is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, affiliated with the Department of Anthropology, the Global Health Program, the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, the Climate Action Lab, and the Design Lab, and is a cofounder and co- director of the Indigenous Futures Institute. Dr. Fox’s work focuses on the connection between raw data as a resource and the emerging value of genomic health data from Indigenous communities. He has experience designing and engineering genome sequencing and editing technologies, and a decade of grassroots experience working with Indigenous partners to advance precision medicine.

Dr. Keolu Fox
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