Krystal Tsosie

2022-2023 ENRICH Global Chair

Krystal Tsosie (Diné/Navajo Nation), PhD, MPH, MA is an Indigenous geneticist-bioethicist at the Center for Biology and Society in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. As an advocate for Indigenous genomic and data sovereignty, she co-founded the first US Indigenous-led biobank, a 501c3 nonprofit research institution called the Native BioData Consortium.

Her research can be encapsulated in two main foci: Indigenous population genetics and bioethics. In particular, she focuses on bioethical engagement of Indigenous communities in genomics and data science to build trust. As a whole, her interest is in integrating genomic and data approaches to assess Indigenous variation contributing to health inequities.

At the laboratory bench, she developed and patented a combined targeted ultrasound imaging and chemotherapeutic drug delivery device for treating early metastases in cancer. Krystal’s research and educational endeavors have received international media attention.

Read Three of Her Articles

Indigenous data sovereignties and data sharing in biological anthropology
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Overvaluing individual consent ignores risks to tribal participants
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We Have “Gifted” Enough: Indigenous Genomic Data Sovereignty in Precision Medicine
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