Meet the Team: Marcela
October 3, 2008
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) caused scientists to start looking at the condition as an immune disorder.”“Even research on some of the less serious traits on our site can turn out to be extremely valuable — researchers can study traits that are present in a large percentage of the population to learn about the basic mechanisms behind more rare conditions. The work of some scientists studying the photic sneeze (sneezing in the sunlight) could lead to insights into the biology of epilepsy. Studies of caffeine metabolism might lead to greater insights into other, more complicated drug pathways.”“Another aspect of genetics research is helping us understand who we are and why we are that way. How did culture and biology interact to make some populations lactose intolerant and others not? What other details in human history and migrations will research in genetics uncover? Why is it that 90% of the population (including me) is right-handed? Genetics may answer only a few of these questions, but I’d be amazed to learn those few answers.“Marcela on being a 23andMe employee:“I studied Human Biology and Computer Science, and my honors thesis dealt with privacy in genetic databanks. I never imagined that I would find a job that combines my interests in product management, consumer internet software, and genetics.”“I love the challenges at work. I want to design the experience of using our site so that my parents can easily understand the wealth and detail of genetic information we provide. We balance many different considerations in our site. Privacy is always our primary concern, but we also want people to learn from friends and family members. We want to make scientific studies accessible, but without losing the important details. We provide such a new type of information that we’re constantly building and rebuilding features based on the many perspectives in the 23andMe team and the many pieces of feedback our users send.”Think you’d like to join the team? Check out our jobs page!