Elaine Mardis, PhD, graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Zoology and completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1989, also at Oklahoma. Dr. Mardis was a senior research scientist for four years at BioRad Laboratories. She joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in 1993 and has served as Co-director of the McDonnell Genome Institute since 2002. In 2014, Dr. Mardis was named the Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine. Her research interests focus on the application of next-generation sequencing to characterize cancer genomes and transcriptomes, and to support therapeutic decision-making. Her translational research efforts devise sequencing-based diagnostics, decision-support tools and databases, and the use of genomics to evaluate immunity-related aspects of cancers. In September 2016, Dr. Mardis was named the co-Executive Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she also joined the faculty of the Ohio State University as Professor of Pediatrics.