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Catherine Ball

Ancestry has appointed Catherine Ball as Chief Scientific Officer. The consumer genomics firm promoted her from VP of Genomics and Bioinformatics, a job she's held since 2011. 

As CSO, Ball will lead initiatives to develop new technologies to analyze genetic data along with family relationship data.

Prior to joining Ancestry, Ball held appointments at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Departments of Genetics and Biochemistry, where she led the Stanford Microarray Database. As part of her research, she contributed to the annotation of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome and has built genomic databases for yeast, Escherichia coli, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Ball holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and she was a postdoc at UC-Berkeley.