Class of 2019
Chloe (Spokane, WA) received her BS in Biology from Washington State University (honors, 2015) where she held positions as a student body senator, assistant director of philanthropy and completed an undergraduate thesis project in a veterinary microbiology lab. Chloe minored in German and spent time abroad on a DAAD Summer Course Grant in Berlin, Germany. After graduation, Chloe worked as a Research Assistant in a pharmaceutical sciences lab focused on telomere regulation and mechanisms of human aging. She completed a genetic study examining mechanisms of polymorphic enhancers in the telomerase reverse transcriptase gene. During that time she also served as a crisis response advocate for a sexual assault and trauma hotline, taught dance classes for children with special needs and got involved with a local Huntington’s Disease support group. Chloe’s interest in human genetics and interactions with the disability community led her to pursue a career in genetic counseling. Chloe is interested in advocacy and looks forward to being apart of a profession committed to patient autonomy.
Ambreen (Vancouver, BC) received her BS in Dental Science from the University of British Columbia (2013). She was the vicepresident of the Dental Undergraduate Society and chief site coordinator for the Community Volunteer Dental Clinics. She has worked extensively with underserved and at‐risk populations in both clinical and community settings as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her passion for public health won her the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association’s Health Promotion Award. She is the co‐author of a literature review in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene (CJDH) titled: “Waterpipe smoking ‐ a ‘healthy’ alternative to cigarettes or a health hazard in disguise,” for which she won the CJDH Research Award for the ‘best literature review’ of the year. Ambreen’s advocacy experience includes being a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line. Her passion for genetics and her commitment to help others has led her to pursue a career in genetic counseling. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi, and hopes to use her background in public health to bring genetic counseling to underserved populations.
Caitlyn (Germantown, MD) received her BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (cumlaude, 2016). She interned at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and worked as an undergraduate researcher in a developmental biology and genetics laboratory at UMBC. She was also captain of the UMBC Club Tennis Team. She was the recipient of various awards including the Undergraduate Research Award, UMBC Academic Achievement Award, and the Individual Sportsmanship Award (USTA Club Tennis Sectionals Tournament). She was a member of the Tau Sigma National Honors Society, the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, the Montgomery College and UMBC Honors Colleges, and won first place in the Natural Sciences Category for her presentation at the Beacon Conference in Bethlehem, PA. She worked as a Genetic Counseling Assistant in the Whole Exome Sequencing program at GeneDx in Gaithersburg, MD. She volunteered as a mentor for ArtStream, an inclusive theatre company for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also volunteered for a crisis and suicide hotline. Caitlyn plans to work in a clinical setting and is specifically interested in disability empowerment and community outreach.
Janessa (Madison, WI) received her BS in Genetics with a second major in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison (2015). While there, she held various leadership positions within the Hoofers Organization of outdoor recreation clubs and worked as an event planner for Campus Event Services. She also assisted in research on the mechanisms of Methyl‐CpG binding protein MBD1 and its role in autism spectrum disorders. Collaboration on this research led to her co‐authorship on a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience (2016). She volunteered at Agrace Hospice as a companionship volunteer then became a co‐facilitator for children’s grief groups. She also has experience as a helpline counselor for the Rape Crisis Center in Dane County. After graduation, she worked as an SAP Analyst in the Custom Order Manufacturing department at Promega Corp. in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Janessa has interests in research, public policy, and patient advocacy.
Emily (Princeton Junction, NJ) received her BS in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University (2014). During her time there, she worked in the Price Lab as a research assistant generating protein stability data. She was also head stockroom clerk for the organic chemistry teaching lab. Since graduating, she has worked as a Variant Specialist at Courtagen Life Sciences and currently at Myriad Genetics classifying variants based on structure, literature, and clinical data. Emily very much enjoys the complexity of analyzing the effect of genetic variants on disease and has experience reviewing and analyzing genetic data. Emily previously volunteered at the Lindon Care and Training Center where she worked with intellectually disabled residents on a weekly basis. She spent a large part of her earlier years volunteering and working in nursing homes coordinating intellectually stimulating activities for the residents. She also spent the last year volunteering as a youth group leader for young women. Emily believes genetic counselors can aid entire families from both the clinical and laboratory side.
Jamie (Waukesha, WI) received her BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin‐ Eau Claire (cum laude, 2016). While at UW‐Eau Claire she was a student athlete for eight sport seasons between cross country and indoor/outdoor track. She has volunteered with physicians in Nicaragua where she helped provide care for over 400 patients. Additionally, she was a lab research assistant that generated knowledge about Naltrexone as a discriminative stimulus under a variety of conditions and presented this research at the Society for Neuroscience conference. After graduating, Jamie was employed at Genesee Lake School, a residential treatment setting, where she supported children with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, emotional disturbances and trauma histories. She has volunteered with genetic counselors at cancer clinics, helped staff a cancer survivorship event, and attended the Wisconsin Cancer Program Network Conference (WICRPN). Jamie is especially interested in cancer genetics, pediatric genetics, and cardiovascular genetics though she is excited to explore a variety of settings.
Rachel (Pittsburgh, PA) received her BS in Molecular Genetics, with a minor in Clinical Psychology and Individual Differences, from the Ohio State University (cum laude, 2017). During her time as an undergraduate, Rachel was a resident advisor and peer leader. She also served as a student ambassador providing outreach training for the Ohio State Student Life Wellness Center. In addition, Rachel volunteered with the Columbus, OH, Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio as a crisis counselor. For two years as a student research assistant, Rachel studied mismatch repair proteins by working with bacteria and human cell models, planned experiments to determine the mutation rate of multiple plasmids, and co‐authored a manuscript published in Scientific Reports (2015). Rachel was also a cancer genetics assistant at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Rachel is excited to be able to empower patients in their healthcare decisions through education and professional support.