About Melissa Garrett

Melissa Garrett is a senior public relations specialist at Ancestry.com focused on surfacing the technology and science stories that make up the Ancestry.com experience. Her seventh great-grandfather is Daniel Boone, frontiersman and explorer.

Past Articles

DNA and the Masses: The Science and Technology Behind Discovering Who You Really Are

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Analytics, Big Data, DNA, Science

Originally published on Wired Innovation Insights, 3-12-14. There is a growing interest among mainstream consumers to learn more about who they are and where they came from. The good news is that DNA tests are no longer reserved for large medical research teams or plot lines in CSI. Now, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests… Read more

Ancestry.com to Lead Core Conversation at SXSW

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Big Data, Technology Conferences

Headed to SXSW Interactive? Join EVP of Product, Eric Shoup and Senior Director of Product at Tableau, Francois Ajenstat, for an engaging Core Conversation about how using big data can tell personalized stories. Big Data is a game changer for storytelling. Too often, the data we pull is cold, factual and dehumanized. Technologies can now… Read more

Video Q&A with Lead Engineer at Ancestry.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 in Big Data, CSS/HTML/JavaScript, DNA, Technology Conferences

Jeremy Pollack, a lead engineer at Ancestry.com, answers questions on the technical backend of AncestryDNA in a video interview with InfoQ. The interview took place after his presentation with Bill Yetman on scaling AncestryDNA using Hadoop and HBase at QConSF in 2013. Check it out!

Agile Development Leads to a Happier Company

Posted on December 27, 2013 in Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Technology Conferences

Over the past few years Ancestry.com, has undergone a significant transformation within many aspects of its business. Steady growth combined with Agile adoption, continuous delivery, and improvements in technology and infrastructure, has created an organization focused on delivering value. In November, Ancestry.com CEO, Tim Sullivan presented at DevOps conference, FlowCon about the organizations shift to… Read more

Ancestry.com to Present at QConSF

Posted on November 9, 2013 in Agile, Big Data, Technology Conferences

Like many organizations, Ancestry.com is constantly accumulating more high volume, high velocity data of all kinds. We apply innovation at scale to handle 10 petabytes of highly dynamic family history data, and a flood of new data derived from our autosomal DNA test, AncestryDNA. How do we do it? Join our dynamic duo Bill Yetman… Read more

Ancestry.com Employee Honored with Women Tech Award

Posted on October 3, 2013 in Inside our Offices, Science

Recently, Catherine Ball, VP of Genomics and Bioinformatics for AncestryDNA was announced as a winner for the Women Tech Awards, presented by the Women Tech Council, under the Trailblazer category. The award recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, influencing technology companies, and are passionate about the community.  Other award winners came from companies such… Read more

2013 WITI Summit – Where Tech Is Going Video

Posted on August 17, 2013 in Science, Technology Conferences

Recently, Ancestry.com Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Cathy Ball, participated in a panel discussion at WITI’s Women Powering Technology Summit where executives from leading tech companies shared thoughts on the future of where technology is going.  The session was moderated by Liz Gannes of AllThingsD and included executives from Qualcomm, CA Technologies, EMC, and… Read more