New Year, New Contributors! ((by Jade T))

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and is ready to take on the new year. I’m sure those of you applying to GC graduate programs this year had applications on your mind, as many them are due shortly before or after the holidays. Here at Maps & Genes, we are welcoming a few new contributors. We have a mix of current GC students and GCs who have recently graduated and are on the job! Here are some short introductions:

Current GC Students

Carla is a second year genetic counseling student at the UT Houston Genetic Counseling program. She obtained her bachelors from the University of Texas at Arlington and is originally from Dallas, TX. Carla is a first generation college student and is passionate about helping other first generation students navigate the undergradudate experience. She loves musical theater, poetry, yoga and running.

Dena is a second year student at UC Irvine in Southern California. She is originally from Libertyville, IL, and received her BS in Integrative Biology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dena has her own blog where she creates comic strips about genetic counseling at DenaDNA.com. She also has a background in acting and filmmaking and hopes to produce a genetics TV show one day. She has a sister with a rare genetic disorder (Ring 18) which lead her to the field. Her professional interests include Chromosome 18 abnormalities, Jewish genetic disorders. sibling studies, autism, rare disease, and science communication.

Hannah is currently a first year Genetic Counseling student. She received her BS in Biology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and her MS in Biology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Her professional interests include education and research in genetics.

Former GC Students

Jade is a laboratory genetic counselor in southern California. She graduated with an MS in Genetic Counseling from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT in 2012. Prior to attending graduate school, Jade graduated with a BS in Animal Behavior from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She is now a laboratory reporting genetic counselor at Ambry Genetics in southern California. She loves talking about the career of genetic counseling and spreading the word about this awesome career!

Olivia is a cancer and prenatal genetic counselor on Long Island, NY.  She graduated from the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College in 2013. Olivia was one of the founding contributors to the Maps & Genes blog and has since rejoined the blogging world after obtaining the GC right-of-passage: board certification. Her professional interests include mentoring, educational outreach, international genetic counseling, hereditary cancer syndromes, and the application of new technology within the field of genetics.

Sarah is a clinical genetic counselor working at Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She divides her time between prenatal, cancer, and cardiovascular genetic counseling. She obtained her bachelors from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of South Carolina. Her passion is inspiring others to pursue a career as a GC!

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