Big data: From medical imaging to genomics


KT & Kimberly Pickard

In 2006, a Scientific American article written by George Church, “Genomics for All,” rekindled my interest in genomics. I went back to school in 2009 to contemplate the business of genomic medicine, and celebrated my MBA by writing a Wikipedia entry for the word, “Exome.” I was hooked.

We started our odyssey by genotyping our family using 23andMe, and later my wife and I had our whole genomes sequenced. Realizing that genomics were starting to yield clinically useful information, we crowdsourced the sequencing of our kid’s genomes to look for genetic clues in their autism. We found interesting results, gave talks and wrote papers.



Along the way, I realized that medical imaging and genomics are highly complementary: genomics informs or identifies conditions, and radiology localizes them. Sarah-Jane Dawson pointed this out at a Future of Genomic Medicine conference in 2014.

After working in medical imaging for over twenty years, I am moving into the world of clinical genomics and precision medicine. For the past two-and-a-half years, I have had the good fortune to run an enterprise medical imaging startup, but it is time to turn my passion into action.

Now, I am looking for new opportunities, and welcome your introductions to connect us to our next chapter.