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Krystal Tsosie

2022-2023 ENRICH Global Chair

Krystal Tsosie (Diné/Navajo Nation), MPH, MA, PhD candidate is an Indigenous geneticist-bioethicist at Vanderbilt University, incoming faculty at Arizona State University. As an advocate for Indigenous genomic and data sovereignty, she co-founded the first US Indigenous-led biobank, a 501c3 nonprofit research institution called the Native BioData Consortium. Much of her current research centers on ethical engagement with Indigenous communities in precision health. She also incorporates biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, public health, and computational approaches to cancer health disparities, particularly in women’s health. At the laboratory bench, she developed and patented a combined targeted ultrasound imaging and chemotherapeutic drug delivery device for treating early metastases in cancer. Krystal’s research and educational endeavors have received international media attention in such outlets as The New York Times, PBS NOVA, Washington Post, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Boston Globe, among others.

Read Three of Her Articles

Indigenous data sovereignties and data sharing in biological anthropology
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Overvaluing individual consent ignores risks to tribal participants
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We Have “Gifted” Enough: Indigenous Genomic Data Sovereignty in Precision Medicine
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