Nathaniel Pearson

Human Genomicist & Founder at Root

Genomicist Nathan Pearson explores what DNA reveals about our health and history. Teaming with fellow scientists and genome-curious layfolk — from historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to rocker Ozzy Osbourne and journalist Carl Zimmer — he has long worked to make inner data personally and scientifically useful. Trained at Stanford and the University of Chicago, he led research efforts at Knome and the New York Genome Center, and, in memory of his mom (who died at 34 of blood cancer with no marrow donor), founded to reward tissue volunteers with wise, personal, and free insight from their own most vital genes.