Dr. William G. Kearns

President & Chief Scientific Officer


Dr. William G. Kearns co-founded and is the president and chief scientific officer of AdvaGenix.  He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed his advanced training during a three-year fellowship in medical genetics at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kearns is well-known in the field of genetics, particularly in preimplantation genetics and cancer genetics. He now serves on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a medical geneticist and is an associate professor who trains fellows and graduate students in genetics and reproductive endocrinology.

Dr. Kearns is a renowned, world-wide expert in genetics and is uniquely qualified to devise and implement diagnostic genetic testing. Dr. Kearns brings important experience to the diagnostic and research laboratory, including his 16 prior years in starting and directing a genetic diagnostic company.

Dr. Kearns serves on many international and national boards and is a member of the oversight committee on reproductive medicine and genetics for the department of gynecology/obstetrics and genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Kearns’ editorial activities include being an advisor to the British Medical Journal in genetics and an for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. He also provides peer review for Human Molecular Genetics, Genomics, Human Gene Therapy, Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility, RBMonline, and Molecular Human Reproduction.

Dr. Kearns is a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association and the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom (molecular cytogenetics). He has applied for and received funding from numerous sources including the National Institutes of Health and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dr. Kearns has numerous publications and is an international lecturer in genetics.