Genetic Technologies and Their Uses

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Genetic technologies reflect the progress of genetics research over the decades. With the exciting research discoveries come its implementation and integration on further research, health, and society. This webinar will cover the role of genetic technologies, how they have advanced over the decades, and what more there is to learn and develop. The presentations will also address how technologies lead to new ways of conducting genetic research.


This webinar will be targeted for teachers, students, and the general public with at least a basic understanding of human genetics.


Learning Objectives:

  • Provide overview of genetic technologies including gene editing, next generation sequencing, and RNA sequencing in cancer research.
  • Walk through the evolution of genetics and technologies.
  • Address potential pitfalls, including what we know and don’t know yet. 

Arvind Kothandaraman, MBS

General Manager of Multiomics and Specialty Diagnostics


Arvind Kothandaraman’s work has revolved around development and deployment of tools that are vital for the improvement of human healthcare. He serves as the General Manager of Multiomics and Specialty Diagnostics at Revvity (formerly PerkinElmer) and has previously held positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Advanced Analytical (now Agilent Technologies) and BioReference Laboratories (now OPKO Health). His experience spans business management, product development, commercial engagement, operations, research, and development across life sciences discovery and diagnostics.

Kothandaraman is passionate about bridging the gap between credible, actionable information and public awareness particularly in multifaceted areas like medical science. He considers every interaction to be a learning opportunity, greatly enjoys knowledge exchange and considers it to be an extremely effective method to invigorate the mind.

Kothandaraman holds a master’s degree in business and science from the Claremont Colleges, California. He is an active member of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Public Education and Awareness Committee (PEAC).

Nara Sobreira, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Johns Hopkins University

Nara Sobreira, MD, PhD, is an associate professor at the McKusick-Nathans Department of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of expertise is rare Mendelian phenotypes, analysis of next-generation sequencing, and functional testing of candidate causative variants. She earned her M.D. at the University of Pernambuco in Brazil. She finished her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at Johns Hopkins followed by a one-year postdoc also at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed residencies in clinical genetics at both Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo and Johns Hopkins. Her main clinical and research focus is on identifying the genetic bases of rare phenotypes, mainly, phenotypes associated with cartilage tumors and vascular anomalies, and on understanding the physiopathology of these phenotypes to identify pharmacological strategies to treat them. She has worked extensively on developing strategies to better analyze the variants identified by next-generation sequencing and on novel strategies for data sharing. She is one of the creators of GeneMatcher, VariantMatcher, and one of the co-founders of the Matchmaker Exchange, all intended to share next-generation sequencing data.

Joseph Shen, MD, PhD (Moderator)

Associate Professor

University of California, Davis

Dr. Joseph Shen is a geneticist with interests in neurodevelopmental disorders, clinical and molecular characterization of ultra-rare genetic conditions, and gene variant interpretation. He obtained his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree and doctorate in human molecular genetics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. His pediatrics residency and clinical genetics fellowship training was at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Division of Genomic Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at University of California, Davis.


Live Webinar Event
01/18/2024 at 12:30 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/18/2024  |  30 minutes
01/18/2024 at 12:30 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 01/18/2024  |  30 minutes
Webinar Replay
02/15/2024 at 5:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/15/2024  |  30 minutes  |   Closed captions available
02/15/2024 at 5:00 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/15/2024  |  30 minutes  |   Closed captions available Join this interactive webinar replay to hear more from the event panelists and ask your questions about new genetic technologies and their uses!