Geneticist Krystal Tsosie advocates for Indigenous data sovereignty

A member of the Navajo Nation, she cofounded the Native BioData Consortium

A photograph of Krystal Tsosie smiling in her white lab coat, which has an embroidered tortoise on it.

Krystal Tsosie leads the Tsosie Lab for Indigenous Genomic Data Equity and Justice at Arizona State University.

Kathleen Dreier

Krystal Tsosie grew up playing in the wide expanse of the Navajo Nation, scrambling up sandstone rocks and hiking in canyons in Northern Arizona. But after her father started working as a power plant operator at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, the family moved to the city.