Aparna Vasanthakumar, Ph.D
Senior Principal Research Scientist – AbbVie Genome Research Center
Aparna Vasanthakumar is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Genomics Research Center in AbbVie, where she directs pharmacogenomic and exploratory genomic studies in the Neuroscience, Specialty Medicine and Virology spaces. She was the 2019 chair of the Alzheimer’s disease neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) private partners Scientific Board (PPSB), which manages the companies and private institutions that provide advice from the industry scientific perspective on the ADNI consortium. She also leads the ADNI DNA methylation working group, a sub-team within the ADNI Genetics core, which has as its objective the longitudinal epigenetic analysis of ADNI subjects to identify novel biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease progression. She also served as the Programing Chair in the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) Alliance of Women Researchers (AWARE) Professional Interest Area from 2020-2022.