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Hannah Brodner

Undergrad: Ripon College, Biology, Minors: Chemistry and Psychology

During her time as an undergraduate, Hannah was certified as a Line therapist and provided different therapeutic services to children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and their families. She also worked for the biology department as a laboratory assistant for multiple biology courses. In addition, she spent the summer before her senior year doing research at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill focusing on transcription factors in Drosophila in relation to development. Finally, she also had the opportunity to shadow several Genetic Counselors in both the adult and cancer settings.

Pankti Doshi

Undergrad: Santa Clara University, Bioengineering and Mathematics, Minors: Biology and Biotechnology

Pankti's passion for Genetic Counseling was ignited when she shadowed genetic counselors specialized in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at Stanford University. She has served as an Elderly Care Assistant at Regency supporting patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and assisted South Asian victims of domestic abuse with MAITRI. Upon graduation, she worked as a Human Factors Engineer at Genentech, rotated among four company divisions through Abbott Laboratories’ Operations Professional Development Program, and then transitioned to a Program Management role with Abbott Diabetes Care. In her free time, Pankti loves to sing, play basketball, dance salsa and hip-hop, and create henna art designs.

Jessica Edgar

Undergrad: University of Missouri–Columbia, Psychology and Biological Sciences

At Mizzou, Jessica was heavily involved in service organizations such as Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis and Relay For Life, where she served on the executive board for two years. She was a volunteer at Adapted Gymnastics where she taught gymnastics to children with various disabilities. During the last year, she served as a crisis volunteer for the Mid – Missouri Crisis Line and shadowed a cancer genetic counselor. She also had the opportunity to complete her senior research thesis examining how personality differences affect genetic testing decisions and presented the findings at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in April 2018.

Martha Francoeur

Undergrad: University of Iowa, Interdepartmental Studies, concentration in Biology and Human Physiology

As an undergraduate, Martha was a student researcher in a genetics laboratory focusing on meiotic prophase I in C. elegans. She volunteered at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in their genetics clinic from 2016-2018 where she provided administrative support to their genetic counselors and had the opportunity to shadow many cases in prenatal, pediatric, and cancer genetics. Martha worked as a paramedic for the Chicago Fire Department until beginning her graduate studies and remains an active member of the Chicago Fire Department Pipes & Drums Band as a side drummer.

Natalia Gutierrez

Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

As an undergraduate, Natalia served as a STEM transfer peer mentor for community college students, as well as a piano instructor for underrepresented high school and middle school students. At this time, she began shadowing a Spanish-speaking cancer genetic counselor, whom she has continued volunteering with for over two years. After graduating, Natalia volunteered as a New Hope crisis counselor, assisted children with visual impairments at the Blind Children’s Learning Center, and coordinated fun activities for adults with disabilities through the Jewish Federation and Family Services. She also worked full-time as a Clinical Genomics Assistant on the whole exome sequencing team at Ambry Genetics.

Kyra Hartley

Undergrad: Michigan State University, Genomics and Molecular Genetics, Minor: Anthropology

While at Michigan State University, Kyra was a part of the Honors College and conducted undergraduate research in the neurobiology department. She also volunteered at Michigan State's sexual assault program by answering calls on the crisis hotline. Kyra began interning for a Genetic Counselor in the Cancer Center at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan in 2017. During her time as an intern, she shadowed a genetic counselor and learned how to prep patients before appointments.

Kyle Heraty

Undergrad: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, Minors: Spanish Studies and Public Health

During his undergraduate career, Kyle worked as a lab assistant at both the Nakato and Pelican Labs where he investigated heparan sulfate proteoglycan cell signaling and analyzed the microbiomes of local tick populations. After graduation, he volunteered as an assistant research coordinator at RUSH University Medical Center’s Department of Pediatric Neurology, where he worked on the SPARK Project for autism research, the Fragile X Natural History Study, and the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Research Registry. Additionally, Kyle interned as a genetic counseling assistant at Advocate Lutheran General.

Eleanor Hilton

Undergrad: Colgate University, Biology, Minor: Women's Studies

While at Colgate, Elly served as a Peer Tutor in Biology and as a Data Analyst for Career Services. In 2014, she conducted research in Developmental Neurobiology with a focus on epigenetics. The following year she studied abroad in Australia to learn about factors of public health inequality. After graduating, Elly worked as a Student Support Counselor for Vista Life Innovations, an organization that provides life and social skills training for adults with disabilities. In addition, she interned as a Genetic Counseling Assistant at Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and volunteered as a Help Line Advocate for the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Rhode Island.

Sarah Jurgensmeyer

Undergrad: Vanderbilt University, Cognitive Studies and Medicine, Health & Society, Minor: Neuroscience

During her undergraduate career, Sarah worked in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Prader-Willi Syndrome Initiatives Lab where she completed her honors thesis about coping mechanisms in parents of children with PWS. After graduation, Sarah worked with The Arc’s Nashville chapter, implementing an employment program for adults with disabilities, and in a charter school’s special education department. She then worked at a secondary school in Durban, South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. Upon returning home, Sarah continued to work at Vanderbilt’s PWS lab and the Vanderbilt site of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network. Sarah is an active participant in the Angelman Syndrome community.

Jennifer Kim

Undergrad: Cornell University, Biology, Minor: East Asian Studies

As an undergrad, Jenny was a teaching assistant for an introductory genetics course, a tutor, and a member of Biology Service Leaders (a program that allows students to work closely with community organizations to create service events and educational workshops). She also conducted research in a molecular medicine lab where she aimed to determine the 3D structure of a membrane protein associated with chronic pain. During summers, Jenny worked as a research assistant studying acorn woodpecker behavior and volunteered as a caseworker with a clinic that offers the underserved community health and social services.

Meghan McKenna

Undergrad: University of San Diego Honors Program, Biology, Minors: Chemistry and Political Science

In addition to studying at USD, Meghan spent a semester at the University College Cork, Ireland. As an undergraduate, Meghan volunteered on campus for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and at Casa de las Memorias in Tijuana, Mexico. She also served as a biology teaching assistant, tutor, and scholastic assistant. Meghan worked for two years in an immunology laboratory studying the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor in zebrafish. She spent a summer shadowing cancer genetic counselors at the University of California, San Francisco. Upon graduation, Meghan returned to UCSF as a Research Associate for the Innovative Genomics Institute where she studied the potential for curing genetic disease using CRISPR/Cas9 technology.

Daniel Meadows

Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Minor: Rhetoric

During his undergraduate career, Dan joined Beta Psi Omega, a professional biology fraternity, eventually serving as officer and later national board member. He also volunteered with Beyond These Walls, an after-school program for ESL students in low-income areas. After graduation, he worked as the tutor manager of Carroll Community College’s Academic Center for two years, while also volunteering as a conflict mediator in Community Mediation Maryland. In 2016, Dan joined GeneDx, where he served as a Genetic Counseling Assistant to their prenatal, rare disorders, and array teams, and completed research on prenatal targeted array efficacy.

Chandler Myers

Undergrad: University of Virginia, Biology, Minor: Italian

During her time as a student, Chandler studied abroad in Siena, Italy and earned a business certificate from the McIntire School of Commerce. At UVA, she spent her time volunteering with the HELP Line crisis counseling center, tutoring student athletes through the Cavalier Academic Support Team, and shadowing pediatric and prenatal genetic counselors at the UVA Medical Center. In her hometown of Dallas, Texas, she shadowed and worked as an office administrator for Dr. Mary Caire at The Caire Institute, a private practice specializing in wellness and precision medicine.

Leighanne Ormston

Undergrad: University of Connecticut, Biology and Psychology, Minors: Neuroscience and Molecular Biology
Graduate: Boston University School of Medicine, MS in Medical Sciences

While in Boston, Leigha completed her research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on the genetics of schizophrenia. She also volunteered with the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, shadowing and assisting the genetic counselors and physicians. During her time in Boston, Leigha also volunteered with several outreach organizations, including Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the BUSM Outreach Van Project, and Rosie’s Place.

Elizabeth Pollard

Undergrad: University of Richmond, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Minor: Latin American and Iberian Studies
Graduate: University of Chicago, MS in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

For the past three years, Beth has been employed as a Research Technologist at the Evanston-based pharmaceutical startup Aptinyx Inc, where her work in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology has contributed to the development of new drugs to treat neurological conditions such as fibromyalgia, PTSD, and Parkinson’s Disease. Beth is also a regular volunteer at Misericordia, a residential home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has experience shadowing a cancer genetic counselor.

Anthony Porto

Undergrad: Rutgers University, Genetics and Psychology

While at Rutgers, Anthony investigated the interaction between tumor protein 53 (P53) and Sirtuin 7 (SIRT7) and how knockouts of these genes affect tumorigenesis. He was also a member of the Association of Undergraduate Geneticists (AUG), helping to keep students interested in genetics updated on research opportunities, seminars, and other departmental activities that they may be interested in. After graduation Anthony worked as a research assistant for a small federally qualified health center, looking to improve patient outcome by using new medical technologies. Anthony is also a certified sexual assault crisis counselor, helping survivors both over the hotline and at the hospital.

Allegra Quadri

Undergrad: Queen’s University, Life Sciences, specializing in Biomedical Sciences

Allegra completed an honors thesis project in which she investigated the association between preeclampsia and subsequent cardiovascular disease in affected mothers, using a rat model. While at Queen’s, Allegra volunteered as an advocate for patients at Hotel Dieu Hospital and as a peer counselor at the Peer Support Centre where she provided confidential, one-on-one support to students. She also worked for the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences as a teaching assistant in first and second year Anatomy courses. After graduation, Allegra worked as a math instructor and volunteered as a Vision Mate for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

Liya Rabkina

Undergrad: Scripps College, Biochemistry

While at Scripps, Liya worked in a variety of molecular biology research laboratories within the W. M. Keck Science Department and The Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Her senior thesis project investigated regulation of stem cell division by the Adiponectin Receptor. Outside of academics, she was the president of Scripps Challah for Hunger (a small non-profit organization), an advocate for survivors of sexual assault on campus, a California certified advocate for survivors of domestic violence and a manager at the student store. Following graduation, Liya relocated to Chicago where she worked as a genetic counseling assistant at Reproductive Genetic Innovations and volunteered at a residential home for adults with disabilities. Liya has shadowed numerous genetic counselors in the Chicagoland and Bay areas.

Hillary Rieger

Undergrad: Barnard College, Psychology, capstone in Neuroethics

After graduating, Hillary worked as a research coordinator at the Seaver Center for Autism at Mount Sinai in New York. She worked on clinical trials for Fragile-X syndrome and Phelan McDermid syndrome, as well as a neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and genetic assessment core protocol. From 2016-2018, Hillary completed a post-baccalaureate in Health Studies at New York University. Hillary has been involved in the Youth Leadership Council for the Basser Center, summarizing and disseminating current research regarding BRCA1/2 related cancers and treatments. She also spent three years volunteering for the RAINN hotline, is trained on numerous physiological assessments, and is a certified phlebotomist.

Samantha Sandlow

Undergrad: Indiana University, Psychology and Spanish Linguistics

While at Indiana, Sam enjoyed being a campus tour guide and volunteering at a domestic abuse shelter. She was a member of the Hutton Honors College as well as a Founders Scholar. Embracing the culture and Spanish language, Sam studied in Madrid, Spain for a semester. Upon graduating, she returned home to Milwaukee and began shadowing a genetic counselor while seeking out new volunteer opportunities. She participated in Upstream Arts, a program dedicated to bringing art and expression to children with special needs. While participating with this group, Sam founded a dance class to encourage movement and energy, as well as exposure to music and rhythm.


Tessa Bachinski

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Genetics and Genomics, Minor: Religious Studies

During her undergraduate career, Tessa was a helpline phone volunteer for the Rape Crisis Center of Dane County and volunteered at the UW Hospital in both Pediatrics and the Coordinated Care Unit. She also served on the executive board as Mission Director for Colleges Against Cancer. Tessa has shadowed genetic counselors in pediatrics and cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and UW Hospital Carbone Cancer Center.

Elizabeth Bonnema

Undergrad: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

During her undergraduate career, Elizabeth was a Teaching Assistant and researched signaling networks in Drosophila melanogaster. Outside of academics, she volunteered as a Health Center Advocate at Planned Parenthood. Her passion for Genetic Counseling started after a course that looked at the implications of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in people’s lives. Following graduation, she worked as a Genetic Counseling Coordinator at Reproductive Genetic Innovations and volunteered at Crisis Text Line. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her dog, play the violin and knit.

Jennifer Choi

Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley, Public Health

As an undergraduate, Jennifer provided free Hepatitis B education, screenings, and vaccinations to the Asian and Pacific Islander community. She also participated in medical outreach in San Pedro, Guatemala. After graduating, Jennifer worked at Counsyl in client-facing roles as well as internal roles within laboratory operations. She led the sample send-out procedure to offer AGG reflex testing for fragile X syndrome carrier screening and reviewed outcome results of non-invasive prenatal screens for a clinical experience project. In addition to shadowing genetic counselors at Counsyl, she shadowed clinical genetic counselors at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. Most recently, she volunteered on crisis lines as a domestic violence counselor.

Aymara Clarke

Undergrad: University of Calgary, Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology

During her studies, Aymara completed her thesis research project in bioengineered algae. Post-graduation, she volunteered on the Distress Centre Calgary’s crisis phone lines while working at the UCalgary IT Support Centre as a Technical Support Analyst and Student Supervisor of 20+ student-staff team members. She also volunteered in a campus research lab, studying algae and plant-derived pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, and vaccine antigens. Most recently, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Genetics Volunteer, where she shadowed several genetic counselors. In her spare time, Aymara loves the outdoors, live music, coffee and discovering vegetarian restaurants.

Catherine Coakley

Undergrad: University of Georgia, Psychology, Minor: Public Health

While at UGA, Cat immersed herself into the community by working and volunteering for organizations like The Red Cross, UGA Food Pantry, and the Center for Student Activities and Involvement. Most notably, she dedicated herself to Kesem. Kesem is a national organization that supports children through and beyond a parent’s cancer, and she served as Teen Counselor, Outreach Coordinator, and Executive Director of the local chapter. Before completing her final undergraduate semester, Cat participated in the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling Internship, which solidified her determination to pursue this profession. After graduation, Cat continued to shadow and interview genetic counselors across the country.

Miranda Cox

Undergrad: Northern Illinois University, Biological Sciences, Minors: Chemistry and Psychology

As an undergraduate, Miranda worked in a neuroscience laboratory investigating ways to prevent mood disorders and physiological dysfunction caused by social isolation stress. Miranda also served as a peer mentor for students new to research and a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. She loved working as a summer camp counselor and program assistant for children and adults with disabilities through the Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association. Her passion for genetic counseling grew as she shadowed counselors at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Andrew Drackley

Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Integrative Biology

A recipient of UIUC’s iBio research grant, Andy worked in a mammalian evolutionary development laboratory exploring limb developmental pathways affected by the drug thalidomide, as well as probing for genes involved in digit reduction in ungulate species. He shadowed a pediatric genetic counselor during his final undergraduate semesters and has spoken with counselors working in a variety of roles. While at UIUC, he volunteered at Courage Connection, a local organization that provides housing and supportive services to individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence. Following graduation, Andy worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital processing skin cancer tissue during Mohs micrographic surgery.

Victoria Groner

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania, Biology, Minor: Bioethics

As an undergrad, Victoria was a trained peer counselor, volunteered with individuals with cerebral palsy, and lead an immersive wilderness pre-orientation program. Additionally, she conducted psychosocial and genomic interdisciplinary research through the National Cancer Institute on the experiences of families living with Li Fraumeni Syndrome. Since igniting her passion for Genetic Counseling in 2014, Victoria has had the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors in New York at Comprehensive Genetics and Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Jelena Ivanisevic

Undergrad: Iowa State University, Biochemistry, Minor: Genetics

While at Iowa State, Jelena worked in the Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Lab studying vaccine development for porcine diseases. Jelena volunteered as a learning assistant for General Biology, a member of the Survivorship Committee for Relay for Life, the Vice President of Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, and a member of the Best Buddies Club of Iowa State. The summer before her senior year, Jelena studied cellular components and microenvironments of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Prostate Cancer at the NorthShore Research Institute in Evanston. After graduating, Jelena volunteered as a Crisis Text Line Counselor and worked as a Research Assistant at Charles River Laboratories in the Immunoassay Department.

Zameena Lakhani

Undergrad: Western University, Canada, Biochemistry & Cancer Biology, Certificate: Business French

Zameena completed her undergraduate honours thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Silvia Penuela, examining the role of Pannexin 1 in malignant melanoma. During her time at Western, Zameena worked for the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, conducting literature research on various national and international health challenges. She also volunteered extensively with senior populations, as well as with ANOVA women’s shelter on their crisis and support line, speaking with community members in crisis and training incoming volunteers. Through her genetic counselling shadowing experience, Zameena learned how to prepare for different patient scenarios.

Laura López Santibáñez Jácome

Undergrad: TEC de Monterrey, Mexico, Biotechnology Engineering

During her time as an undergraduate, Laura helped build CuentaME; the first online platform in Mexico that provides accessible and economical psychological help. In addition, she learned about leadership, empowering environments and crisis management by working at Camp Ouareau; an all girls summer camp in Canada. She was also a volunteer teacher for underprivileged kids in the outskirts of Mexico. Furthermore, Laura completed a Masters in Data Science while working at the National Institute of Genomic Medicine in Mexico. Finally, she got the opportunity to immerse herself in the world of genetic counseling during Northwestern’s Summer Internship in 2018. In her free time, Laura loves playing soccer and karaoke nights.

Priya Marathe

Undergrad: Boston University, Health Science, Minor: Public Health

During undergrad, Priya worked as a research assistant at the Boston University School of Social Work where she conducted research on mentor retention in the Big Brother Big Sister program of Boston. After graduation, she worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a research assistant for a comparative effectiveness randomized clinical trial for patients with advanced hematologic malignancies. Here, she had the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors specializing in both adult and pediatric cancer.

Miguel Moran

Undergrad: University of California, Santa Cruz, Human Biology

Miguel developed an interest in genetic counseling after taking courses on the human genome and biotechnology. During his undergraduate career, he served as a peer academic adviser and peer mentor for first-generation students like himself. Miguel also volunteered with Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor and in the Emergency Department at Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. He spent some time shadowing a genetic counselor at Kaiser Permanente in the Los Angeles area, leading to an interest in clinical pediatric and cancer settings. Miguel looks forward to working with underserved communities and educating them on the field of genetics and genetic counseling.

Joseph Strohmeyer

Undergrad: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

During his time at the university, Joe served in a variety of leadership roles, including President of his fraternity and President of the Interfraternity Council. Joe also worked on campus as a Freshman Orientation Student Leader for three summers, as well as a Supplemental Instructor for introductory chemistry courses. He conducted his senior capstone project investigating post-breakup communication behaviors in the context of social media and their potential effects on post-breakup distress. Additionally, he spent his final year of undergrad volunteering as a crisis worker for the national suicide prevention line. Joe gained exposure to the field of genetic counseling through Northwestern’s Summer Internship program.

Madaline Talamantes

Undergrad: Carleton College, Biology

While at Carleton, Maddie worked in a genetics laboratory as a research associate studying Kanamycin resistance in yeast and performing paternity tests on snake hatchlings. Maddie also enjoyed working in the Disability Services Office at Carleton, where she mentored students and conducted research on concussions. In 2018, she had the opportunity to present her research findings on concussions at the AHEAD international conference in Albuquerque, NM. Maddie completed her senior comprehensive thesis on gene drives in the vector for malaria, the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, and its parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. She played varsity basketball at Carleton and has a continuing passion for the sport. During her senior year, Maddie worked as a GCA at GeneMatters.

Alyssa Valentine

Undergrad: University of California, Davis, Genetics, Psychology

In the summer of 2016, Alyssa worked at Ambry Genetics as a Clinical Data Intern. While at UC Davis, she founded Aggies for CureDuchenne, a club focused on providing a social support network for local families affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. She later completed a summer internship with BlueShield of California as the Genetic Counseling Intern in the Special Investigations Unit, where she helped the department identify cases of potential fraud, waste, and abuse in genetic testing labs. Alyssa shadowed in pediatric and prenatal genetic counseling clinics. As a lifelong competitive ice hockey player, she also played for UC Davis’s co-ed team.

Sidney VanDyke-Ries

Undergrad: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Psychology, Minor: Biology

As an undergraduate, Sidney was involved in a behavior genetics laboratory as a research assistant. Additionally, her time outside of school was spent working as a public affairs intern at Planned Parenthood and tutoring English for a local nonprofit serving refugees and immigrants. After graduation, she worked for the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium as an evaluation project associate. Her work here included analyzing data, conducting focus groups, and compiling evaluation reports to assess grants. Sidney also volunteered with Mountain Family Developmental Services in Carbondale, Colorado and plans to continue her shifts on Crisis Text Line.

Melissa Wang

Undergrad: University of California (UC), Davis, Psychology, Genetics and Genomics

As an undergraduate, Melissa served as founding president of the Genetic Counseling Club, organizing community outreach and club events. She was also a research assistant in the Kliebenstein Lab, where she completed an individual project studying the ecological behavior of fungal species Botrytis cinerea. As a member of Global Medical Brigades, she provided medical services for underserved communities in rural Honduras. Upon graduating, Melissa worked as a genetic counseling assistant at the UC Davis Division of Genomic Medicine, serving as the lead assistant for the Metabolic and Rasopathy Clinics. Melissa has extensively shadowed genetic counselors in cancer and general/pediatric specialties.

Margaret Wiley

Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biology, Certificate: Global Health

During her time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Meg worked as an inclusion staff member in the Madison school district to support students with disabilities or other needs. She volunteered for Dane County’s Juventud program, helping provide academic support and leadership development for Latino and Spanish speaking youth. Meg was involved with outreach activities through UW-Madison’s Undergraduate Genetics Association, and served as volunteer chair her senior year. She also enjoyed being a facilitator for peer groups studying Introduction to Genetics. Her favorite and most unique experience in college was creating and presenting her sculpture representing the mirror neuron function and experiences of those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Jessica Young

Undergrad: Simon Fraser University, Canada, Biological Sciences, Minor: Kinesiology

Jessica was a student researcher and played varsity volleyball as an undergraduate at SFU. She worked on a study involving the effects of methylmercury on Zebra Finches that was published in Ecotoxicology in 2018. After graduation, Jessica gained knowledge about the field by shadowing genetic counselors at the Hereditary Cancer Clinic as well as the Adult Metabolic Disease Clinic in Vancouver. She also volunteered at Options for Sexual Health where she shadowed nurses in their contraceptive counseling sessions, and for the Fraser Health Crisis Line as a volunteer call taker.

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