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2022 Silver Medal Award

2022 Silver Medal Awardees Justin Wagner


The group is recognized for leading two international teams that contributed to mapping the first-ever complete human reference genome, uncovering new variants in more than 100 genes and enabling new insights into how variants in DNA can impact disease risk. The group discovered novel approaches to fix errors in the previous reference genome and developed highly accurate benchmarks for clinically relevant genes. This improves human genome sequencing; provides significant improvements in the sequencing of challenging genes; and enables discoveries in previously inaccessible genes to support precision medicine.


Justin Zook

Biomedical Engineer
Material Measurement Laboratory

Justin Wagner

Computer Scientist
Material Measurement Laboratory

Jennifer McDaniel

Biological Science Technician
Material Measurement Laboratory

Nathanael Olson

Material Measurement Laboratory

Lindsay Harris

Biological Science Technician
Material Measurement Laboratory