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Dr. Elaine R. Mardis

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Professor of Genetics

Local Address: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Washington University School of Medicine

Employment History

  • Associate Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology
    Washington University School of Medicine
  • Co-Director of the Genome Sequencing Center
    Washington University School of Medicine
  • Co-Director
    Genome Sequencing Center
  • Co-Director of the Genome Center
    Washington University
  • Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology
    Washington University
  • Geneticist
    Washington University
  • Co-Director
    Washington University Genome Sequencing Center
  • Professor of Genetics and Molecular Microbiology and the Co-Director
    The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine
  • Chair of Basic and Translational Sciences
    American College of Surgeons
  • Senior Research Scientist for Four Years

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
  • B.S. degree , zoology
    University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D. , Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • BS , Zoology
    University of Oklahoma
169 Total References
Web References
An Expert Interview with Elaine R. ..., 21 Mar 2011 [cached]
An Expert Interview with Elaine R. Mardis, Ph.D.
In an interview with Medscape Medical News, Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, co-director of The Genome Center and associate professor of genetics and molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine, talks about her recent presentation on whole-genome sequencing in breast cancer at the The Future of Genomic Medicine (FGM) IV conference, held March 3 and 4 in La Jolla, California, and sponsored by Scripps Translational Science Institute.
Medscape: You've presented at the FGM meetings for the past 2 years. Was your topic this year closely related to the material you talked about last year?
Dr. Mardis: The presentation that I gave was really a follow-on to a slide in last year's talk, in which I had primarily focused on our work in AML.
Dr. Mardis: It's my understanding that about 70% to 75% of all breast cancers are ER-positive.
Dr. Mardis: Absolutely!
Dr. Mardis: The first genome that we sequenced was an AML genome of a patient [Nature. 2008;456:66-72]. It has been our focus for whole-genome sequencing.
Dr. Mardis: Basically, to understand what's unique to the cancer, you have to have the comparative normal from that patient.
Dr. Mardis : I think we have ways of looking at that, but I don't know that we've been incredibly systematic about it.
Dr. Mardis: In the long run, yes.
Dr. Mardis: The person who really stole the show, and rightfully so, is the guy from T-Gen [Translational Genomics Research Institute], Dan Von Hoff [whose talk was entitled The Oncologists' 6th Vital Sign - A Context of Vulnerability].
ZS Genetics Management Team, 24 Oct 2014 [cached]
Elaine R. Mardis, PhD (SAB Chair) Dr. Elaine Mardis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. degree in zoology. She then completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1989, also at Oklahoma. Following graduation, Dr. Mardis was a senior research scientist for four years at BioRad Laboratories in Hercules, CA.
In 1993, Dr. Mardis joined The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine. As Director of Technology Development, she helped create methods and automation pipelines for sequencing the Human Genome. She currently orchestrates the Center's efforts to explore massively parallel sequencing technologies and to transition them into production sequencing capabilities as well as new applications.
Dr. Mardis has research interests in the application of DNA sequencing to characterize cancer genomes and transcriptomes, and using these data to support therapeutic decision-making. She also is interested in facilitating the translation of basic science discoveries about human disease into the clinical setting.
Dr. Mardis serves as an editorial board member of Molecular Cancer Research, Genome Research and Molecular Oncology, and acts as a reviewer for Nature, the New England Journal of Medicine, Cell and Genome Research. She serves on the scientific advisory boards of Qiagen Ingenuity, DNA Nexus, and ZS Genetics. Dr. Mardis received the Scripps Translational Research award for her work on cancer genomics in 2010, and was named a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences for 2011. She is the former chair of Basic and Translational Sciences for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG).
Further information is available on Dr. Mardis at
Elaine Mardis, ..., 16 July 2014 [cached]
Elaine Mardis, Ph.D.
Host Institution
The Genome Center, Washington University School of Medicine
Elaine Mardis, Ph.D. Associate Professor Co-Director of The Genome Center Email: Phone: (314) 286-1924
Executive Assistant to Dr. Mardis at The Genome Center Email: Phone: (314) 286-1924
Cancer : GlobalTort, 31 May 2013 [cached]
Those costs have now fallen to below $100,000 for a tumor-normal combination, and the sequencing can be done in about a week, Dr. Wilson said. (See "A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Mardis 8" in this issue.)
The infrastructure and resources required for follow-up studies of the genomic data, such as mouse models, already exist at St. Jude, noted Dr. Elaine Mardis, co-director of the Genome Center at Washington University.
US Autism and Asperger Association weekly newsletter 011510 [cached]
It's a pretty dramatic leap," says Elaine Mardis, a geneticist at Washington University in St. Louis, who was shown the machine on Monday. "This really provides a platform that is going to propel studies of complex diseases like cancer and autism," she says.
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