Current Students & Alumni

First Years (Class of 2021)

from left: Monty Worthington, Hannah Llorin, Nivi Ahlawat, Jennifer Siranosian, Caroline Stanclift, Kate Elliott, Gaby Lee, Braeden Ego, Daniela Diaz Caro, Miles Picus, Kathleen Murphy

Nivedita (Nivi) Ahlawat s from San Jose, California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and minor in Cognitive Science. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on neurodegenerative diseases and wrote her senior thesis on variant interpretation. She also peer counseled undergraduate students with anxiety and depression, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy. As a director of the CPR and First Aid Program at UCLA, she expanded the organization's outreach by designing health, nutrition, and wellness workshops for underserved communities in the greater Los Angeles area. She gained valuable exposure to genetic counseling as a volunteer at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and as a member of UCLA's Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group. In her free time, Nivi enjoys stand-up comedy, skiing at Lake Tahoe, wildlife photography, and Italian food.

 

Daniela Diaz Caro is from Trujillo, Peru and graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. As an undergraduate, she was a teaching assistant for Molecular Biology and Genetics courses and conducted cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. After graduation, Daniela worked as a Laboratory Genetic Counseling Assistant at Seattle Children’s Hospital assisting with the preauthorization of genetic tests. There she had the opportunity to shadow genetic counselors in the biochemical genetics, pediatric genetics, and craniofacial genetics specialty clinics. Daniela also volunteered as a crisis line phone worker for the Seattle King County area and taught science courses for Spanish speaking GED adult students. In her free time, Daniela enjoys painting, sand-boarding at the Oregon dunes, and playing with her pet bunny named Chichi.
 

Braeden Ego is from the San Francisco Bay Area and received her bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. As an undergraduate, she served as a student instructor for an introductory biology lab course, a mentor for MCB genetics students, and a research assistant at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory studying epigenetic effectors involved with aging. Following graduation, Braeden was involved with research at Genentech and Stanford University where she studied immunotherapeutics for macular degeneration and the applications of genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 screening technologies. During this time, Braeden was also involved with volunteer work at the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area, Crisis Text Line, and Rare Genomics Institute. To gain more hands-on exposure to genetic counseling, Braeden volunteered with genetic counselors at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and the Stanford Undiagnosed Disease Network. During her spare time, Braeden enjoys trying out new boba shops and hotpot restaurants, listening to podcasts, watching forensics/crime shows, and going on hikes throughout the Bay Area.

 

Kathryn (Kate) Elliott is from San Carlos, California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society. As an undergraduate, she conducted research in molecular biology and biological anthropology laboratories. In addition, Kate mentored and taught public health through the UCLA T.E.A.C.H. program, and served as the community relations director for the UCLA Pediatric AIDS Coalition. She gained exposure to the field of genetic counseling as a medical genetics-oncology intern at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and as a member of the UCLA Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group. After graduating, Kate continued to conduct research at UCLA as Staff Research Associate in a human genetics laboratory studying biological mechanisms underlying rare mendelian diseases. In addition to being a student, Kate is an avid Bay Area sports fan, an amateur watercolor-er, and a great British baking show enthusiast.

 

Gabriella (Gaby) Lee is from the Bay Area and received her bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Genomics with a minor in Human Development from UC Davis in 2015. After graduating, she moved to southern California to work at the City of Hope in a lab that studies pathways that lead to chromosomal rearrangements in cancer. While there, she was also a genetic counseling intern at Providence Hospital in a cancer clinic. She then moved back to the Bay Area and has been working at Color Genomics as part of the insurance team. She’s been a volunteer with Crisis Text Line, Exhale and Vitas Healthcare. She enjoys cooking, gardening and befriending neighborhood cats.

 

Hannah Llorin is from Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Stanford University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology with a self-designed concentration in Genetic Counseling. As an undergraduate, Hannah conducted research on the genetic factors of glial cell development and interned at a public health nonprofit while studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. She gained counseling experience by serving as a sexual health counselor, resident assistant, and peer health educator for undergraduate students. Most recently, Hannah volunteered with genetic counselors at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases. Her research project explores how tumor genomic testing can reveal hereditary cancer risk. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is passionate about improving inclusivity in genetic counseling for gender and sexual minority people. In her spare time, she enjoys running, listening to podcasts, and being near the ocean.

 

Kathleen Murphy is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in molecular and cellular biochemistry in 2011 where she did a Master’s thesis in the Department of Molecular Biophysics. Kathleen comes to genetic counseling from the biotechnology sector, where she was most recently part of the market research team at Illumina. Before joining Illumina, Kathleen was a Program Analyst with the Harrington Discovery Institute, a nonprofit focused on transitioning early-stage drug development research into the clinic. In her free time, Kathleen loves to play tennis and video chat with (and talk about) her adorable twin nieces.

Miles Picus is originally from Singapore, and his family now resides in Carmel, California. Miles graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society. As an undergrad, he spent time in a cancer biology lab, and also did research at the UCLA center for social medicine, working on a project to evaluate and improve a branch of the mental health system in LA. Miles initially gained experience in genetic counseling through shadowing a cancer genetic counselor at Providence St. Joseph’s in LA. In the clinic, he also worked on various projects and was named co-author on a publication studying the demographics of access to genetic counseling. He then went on to work on two GC-related research projects, while shadowing the lead GC of those projects, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Outside of GC-related interests, Miles worked as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum disorder. Miles balances his academic and career interests through attending Stanford athletic events, surfing, and yoga.

 

Jennifer Siranosian is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in biology and archaeology. As an undergraduate, Jennifer worked as a research assistant in an evolutionary genetics lab and excavated archaeological sites in Kenya and France inspiring a senior thesis on paleopathology. After graduation, she researched spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular disorders as a lab technician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jennifer gained genetic counseling experience by assisting in targeted SMA carrier screening throughout the US and through shadowing opportunities at MGH. She also volunteered as a one-on-one mentor and tutor for recently immigrated high school students in the Boston area. Now that she lives in sunny California, Jennifer enjoys spending extra time outdoors and learning about the West Coast’s bird species, as well as baking new recipes for friends and colleagues.

 

Caroline Stanclift is from Camden, Maine and graduated from Wheaton College (MA) in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate, she joined a lab focused on zebrafish genetics. Upon graduation, she was a Science Teaching Fellow at Culver Academies in Indiana. Following her fellowship, she worked as a Research Associate at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, studying how disease alters protein interaction networks. During her time in Boston, she also interned with the genetic counseling team in Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, volunteered with the national suicide prevention hotline, and became involved with advocacy for the ALS Association. In her free time, you’ll likely find her outside in some sunshine hiking or skiing.

 

Monty Worthington is from Anchorage Alaska and received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Tulane University.  Pivoting from a career in the renewable energy field — that focused on providing energy solutions to remote, underserved populations — in 2018 he founded The Suz Fund, a nonprofit that works to provide support to cancer patients and survivors in Alaska, with an emphasis on providing assistance to individuals diagnosed with early onset cancers.  He gained experience in the genetic counseling field and inspiration to pursue this vocation shadowing genetic counselors at the Providence Cancer Center and Providence Children’s Hospital in Anchorage.  Growing up in Alaska instilled a deep appreciation for the outdoors early on, and he continues to enjoy spending his free time exploring outside whether it be on foot, on skis, in a packraft, or under a paraglider.

Second Years (Class of 2020)

from left (back row): Eric Tricou, Tiffany Nguyen, Allana Booth, Marina Sumarroca, Kayla Muirhead, Cheyla Clark, Kathryn Reyes

from left (front row): Jenna Stoltzfus, Lisa Wilson, Kathleen Howell, Maia Borensztein,

Allana Booth is from Palo Alto, California and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015. After graduating, she worked as a biology and chemistry tutor for high school and college students and volunteered on a suicide and crisis hotline. To gain experience in genetic counseling, Allana volunteered at the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease, where she performed a variety of tasks to help the genetic counselors. Allana’s research project is on treatment decision-making in patients with sickle cell disease. In her free time, Allana likes playing tennis, painting, hiking, and martial arts.

 

Maia Borensztein is from Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. She was a TA and tutor throughout college. After college Maia was a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital on a genetics registry for congenital heart defects where she learned about genetic counseling. With interest in counseling and access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, she volunteered on a Planned Parenthood hotline. During graduate school, she has been able to counsel in Spanish. Her research project is about the components of informed consent for genetic testing. She has also expanded her interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion topics by exploring the literature in genetic counseling as an independent study. She has planted roots in the Bay Area and will be working in Medical Genetics after graduation. She loves cooking, teaching her dog new tricks, and visiting state and national parks.

 

Cheyla Clark is from Atlanta, GA and received bachelors of science in biology from Kennesaw State University in 2013. As an undergraduate, she interned at Emory’s Metabolic Clinic where she had her first exposure to the field of genetic counseling. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received her masters in public health in human genetics in 2015. After obtaining her MPH, Cheyla completed an AmeriCorps service term with Project Health Access, where she facilitated health education workshops for parents of preschool aged children. Prior to attending Stanford, she worked as a genetic counseling assistant at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cheyla is currently completing her research project on the use of genetic counseling in the inpatient setting. In her free time, Cheyla enjoys music, movies, and discovering new restaurants. She plans to work as a cancer genetic counselor after graduation.


Kathleen Barrus is from Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Biology and also completed Honors in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and a Notation in Science Communication with Distinction. She joined a genetics and cancer research lab in Stanford’s Medical School for three years, and wrote her honors thesis based on independent research in this lab. In addition, Kathleen gained experience as a peer counselor, worked as a teaching assistant for a genetics class, volunteered with genetic counselors at Stanford’s Cancer Genetics Clinic, and mentored children with disabilities through a campus organization called Kids with Dreams. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys cooking, playing pickleball, and exploring new restaurants in the area. Her research project focuses on somatic tumor testing implications for Lynch syndrome and she plans to work as a cancer genetic counselor after graduation.

 

Kayla Muirhead is from Baltimore, Maryland and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with honors from Dickinson College in 2015. As an undergraduate, she completed molecular genetics-based research as a student at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, served as an REU summer fellow at the University of Chicago, and was an honors thesis candidate at Dickinson. Kayla was also involved in over nine service organizations as she aspired to meet the needs of underserved communities in Carlisle, PA. Upon graduation, Kayla moved to Bethesda, MD where she worked as an Intramural Research Training Awardee (IRTA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for two years. Most recently, she has been living in Philadelphia and working as a Genetic Counseling Assistant in the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics Program at Main Line Health.

 

Tiffany T. Nguyen is from Portland, Oregon and graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In college, she conducted cancer research at the Yale School of Medicine, volunteered as a genetic counseling intern at the Yale Cancer Center, and peer counseled first-generation college students through the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program. After graduation, Tiffany joined the Genomes2People Research Program of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where she helped lead a study on risk education for Alzheimer’s disease and worked on clinical trials that examine uses of genomic sequencing in newborns and adults. She has also served as a Vietnamese translator and interpreter for a study at the Harvard School of Public Health and Stanford’s Undiagnosed Disease Network. Tiffany is a proud first-generation immigrant from Vietnam, first-generation college graduate, and now first-generation graduate student! She is excited to begin her career as a research genetic counselor, helping patients and families with rare and undiagnosed diseases.

 

Kathryn Reyes
is from the Bay Area and graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. As an undergraduate, Kathryn was a member of her school's Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group, a Peer Academic Advisor for UCI's Campuswide Honors Program, a resident advisor, and conducted research on the cognitive effects of exercise in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Before attending Stanford, Kathryn served as a Genetic Counseling intern at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange while working at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach as an assistant to two cancer genetic counselors. Her research project focuses on exploring the uncertainty experienced by patients with pathogenic variants in moderate-risk breast cancer genes. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys finding new brunch spots and recreating art projects from Pinterest. She has plans to return to Southern California and work as a cancer genetic counselor after graduation.

 

Jenna Stoltzfus is from Los Angeles, California and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration and Management. As an undergraduate, Jenna served as a teaching assistant and tutor in the school of business, worked as an emergency medical technician, and studied abroad on a research sailing vessel. For the past five years, Jenna has worked in management consulting and financial software. She gained experience in the genetic counseling field through an internship at UCLA’s cancer genetics department. As a volunteer, Jenna has experience working with developmentally disabled children, and most recently, with a local hospice organization. Jenna has fallen in love with the Bay Area during her time at Stanford and plans to remain in San Francisco after graduating.

Marina Sumarroca is from Barcelona, Spain, and received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Pompeu Fabra University in 2016 and her master’s degree in Assisted Reproduction from Dexeus University Hospital in 2017. As an undergraduate, she gained laboratory experience and shadowed reproductive, prenatal, pediatric, and cancer genetic counselors. She also volunteered at a children’s shelter, providing support to children at risk of social exclusion. Most recently, Marina was a Medical Science Liaison at the medical diagnostics provider SYNLAB and led the launching campaign of an extended carrier screening test. She is currently working on her research project focused on prenatal testing decisions after in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic testing.  Marina plans to move back to Barcelona after graduation and is passionate about contributing to the growth and expansion of the genetic counseling field in her country.

 

Eric Tricou is originally from Illinois and graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health.After graduating, Eric spent time as a research technician in a molecular genetics lab focused on understanding the genetics of substance use. After hanging up the lab coat, he worked as a genomic medicine assistant at Geisinger, where he supported GCs in the cancer clinic and contributed to research on the impact genetic counseling assistants have on GC time utilization. Eric has completed clinical rotations in prenatal, pediatric, cancer, and cardio genetics. Further, he has had rotations in variant interpretation and in an industry setting, returning genetic results via phone counseling. Eric’s research project has focused on understanding how private insurers address genetic counseling services in their policy and how this relates to genetic counselor billing. Eric plans to return to Pennsylvania after graduation, to work in a split clinical/research role.

Lisa Wilson
is from the San Francisco Bay Area and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2015. As an undergraduate, she served as a psychology department peer advisor, developed a student-led course on human behavioral genetics, and volunteered with Bright Pink, an organization that educates young people about the basics of breast and ovarian cancer. Before coming to Stanford, Lisa worked as a clinical research coordinator in the maternal-fetal medicine division at UCSF, and volunteered as a talkline counselor with Exhale Provoice. She has completed her clinical rotations in prenatal, cancer, pediatric, infertility, and cardiovascular genetics, in addition to a rotation in variant interpretation. Her research project focuses on clinical outcomes for prenatally-diagnosed absent ductus venosus. Lisa enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, and powerlifting in her free time.

 

Alumni

Class of 2019 - graduated 6/15/2019

Brita Christenson, Kristina Cotter, Natalie Deuitch, Laura Hayward, Josh Keyes, Helen Kim, Kim Kinnear, Rachel Mangels, Andrew Shaw, Erika Snure, Kate Vlessis


Class of 2018 - graduated 6/16/2018

Stephanie Booke, Daiana Bucio, Abby D'Angelo, Athena Ganetsos, Madeline Graf, Daisy Hernandez, Lily Hoffman-Andrews, Michelle Pacione, Jessica Park, Kim Zayhowski


Class of 2017 - graduated 6/17/2017

Alyssa Armsby, Stephanie Bivona, Danielle Dondanville, Ellie Harrington, Jessica Kianmahd, Karina Liker, Megan Nathan, Aiste Narkeviciute, Julia Silver


Class of 2016 - graduated 6/11/2016

Natalie Downs, Kayla Hamilton, Kelly Miller, Tia Moscarello, Lauren Puryear, Chloe Reuter, Trishna Subas


Class of 2015 - graduated 6/13/2015

Sophie Blease, Della Bro, Elise Calonico, Ping Gong, Rebecca Luiten, Allie Newhall, RJ Okamura


Class of 2014 - graduated 6/14/2014

Kelly Broady, Katie Kobara, Ashley Navarro, Shannon Rego, Anastasia Richardson, Kim Splinter, Erica Stricko


 Class of 2013 - graduated 6/15/2013

Kristen Dilzell, Rachel Farrell, Emily Hendricks, Sahil Kejriwal, Greg Kellogg, Amirah Khouzam, Adrienne Miller


Class of 2012 - graduated 6/16/2012

Aarin Ables, Megan Grove, Emily Hurford, Bita Nehoray, Jessica Profato, Nadine Rayes, Layla Shahmirzadi


Class of 2011 - graduated 6/11/2011

Myla Ashfaq, Gemma Chandratillake, Kyla Dunn, Sarah Garcia, Lili Kuzmich, Stephanie Sottile, Reana Tischler, Kim Vande Wydeven


Class of 2010 - graduated 6/12/2010

Sarah Bannon, Deborah Barragan, Diana Darcy, Ellyn Farrelly, Amanda Knoth, Melissa Mills

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