40 Years of Asking global event


What if you had access to the world’s greatest genomics minds? Where you could hear inspirational talks about history-defining breakthroughs and the future of genomics? Where your ‘What Ifs’ could turn into a reality?

For those willing to ask the big questions in genomics, our 40 Years of Asking virtual event is where the answers will come together. Save your seat and join us for the celebration, hosted by Thermo Fisher Scientific. This is one event you won’t want to miss!


40 scientists, 40 years of breakthroughs

Throughout 2022, we’re talking to scientists from all over the world who have used our solutions to lay the groundwork for their history-defining breakthroughs, as well as the rising stars who are pushing the boundaries and tackling some of the most important unanswered questions facing genomics, today and into the future.

Professor Ramsuran is using epigenetics to learn more about what makes certain people more susceptible to infectious diseases such as HIV and SARS-CoV-2.

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Luther King Abia Akebe

Professor, Applied & Environmental Microbiology 
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Professor Abia Akebe wants to close the loop in understanding how infections are passed between the environment, animals and humans.


Dr. Sinaye Ngcapu

Senior Scientist

Dr. Sinaye Ngcapu is studying the link between vaginal microbiota and HIV infection, in order to help reduce rates of HIV in South African women.


Dr. Satish Pillai

Senior Investigator, Vitalant Research Institute
Professor, UCSF

Dr. Pillai is trying to unravel some of the biggest challenges still facing researchers when it comes to developing a cure for HIV.

Sheri Olson

Sheri Olson

Senior Director, Product Management
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Meet Sheri Olson, and learn about her journey from a curious kid to one of the history-making scientists who studied and patented the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.

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