Uta Francke, 23andMe’s science advisory board member and our former Senior Medical Director, added another in a long list of accolades when the Association for Molecular Pathology lauded her in early November.
The association recognized Uta for her lifetime of achievement at its annual meeting held this year in Maryland.
“AMP’s highest award, the Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics recognizes the lifetime of special achievements by Dr. Francke across several fields in molecular diagnostics and medicine,” said Dr. Elaine Lyon, president of the association.
A medical doctor and professor emeritus of Genetics and Pediatrics at Stanford University, Uta served as 23andMe’s senior medical director from 2010 until 2013 when she retired. She remains on 23andMe’s science advisory board and continues to be involved in research at 23andMe.
High honors are nothing new to Uta. She has been the recipient of several awards, including the Antoine Marfan Award from the National Marfan Foundation, and the Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. In 2012 she received the William Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She is also a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a past president of the American Society for Human Genetics and of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies and a founding member of the American College of Medical Genetics.