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 is from San Jose, California and graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with her 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 techniques. 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. Currently, she is working for a startup telegenetics oncology clinic as a genetic counseling assistant, focusing on patient and provider education.

 

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, volunteered with the Neuroscience Community Outreach program, and conducted cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. After graduation, Daniela joined Just Biotherapeutics as an Associate Scientist where she was focused on designing innovative technologies for the manufacturing of mammalian cell-based biotherapeutics. More recently, she has been working 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.

 

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 the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area as a support group volunteer, Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor, and Rare Genomics Institute as a patient advocate associate. To gain more exposure to genetic counseling, Braeden volunteered with the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease and also shadowed cardiovascular, prenatal, cancer, and pediatric genetic counselors.

 

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.

 

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 also a volunteer counselor at Exhale, an after-abortion hotline.

 

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.

 

Kathleen Murphy is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in molecular and cellular biochemistry in 2011. During her time there, she completed a master’s thesis studying the structure of membrane protein Caveolin in the Department of Molecular Biophysics. Kathleen comes to genetic counseling from the biotechnology sector, where she was most recently a Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst at Illumina. There, she tracked a variety of sequencing technologies and their applications. Prior to 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. She is currently a volunteer with the Crisis Text Line and the Junior League of San Diego.

 

Miles Picus is originally from Singapore, but 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 worked in a cancer biology lab, studying the nucleotide biosynthesis pathways in cancer cells. He also worked as a research intern 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 was also a research intern at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he worked on the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program and the BRCA Founder Outreach (BFOR) research study. Miles currently works at A Change in Trajectory in LA, as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum disorder.

 

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.

 

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 and worked as a teaching assistant for a course in Organic Chemistry. 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.

 

Monty Worthington is from Anchorage Alaska and received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Tulane University. For 20 years Monty has worked in the renewable energy field 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 shadowing genetic counselors at the Providence Cancer Center and Providence Children’s Hospital in Anchorage.

 

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. In addition, she shadowed cardiovascular, cancer, pediatric, and prenatal genetic counselors.

 

Maia Borensztein is from Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology on the Neuroscience track. As an undergraduate, she was a teaching assistant for a course in Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, a peer tutor, and a research assistant in a Neuroendocrinology lab, studying the human stress response. Over the summers, she worked at an overnight camp for girls in New Hampshire. Maia was a clinical research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital in Cardiology on a genetics registry for congenital heart defects. In Boston, she shadowed genetic counselors in cardiology, pediatrics, and prenatal clinics. Maia also volunteered for Planned Parenthood on their Counseling and Referral Hotline to provide information to callers about sexual and reproductive health and services.

 

Cheyla Clark is from Lawrenceville, Georgia and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University in 2013 and earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in genetics in 2015. As an undergraduate, she interned at Emory’s Metabolic Clinic where she had her first exposure to the field of genetic counseling. While obtaining her master’s, Cheyla completed her essay on the complex genetic components of alcohol and drug addiction. After obtaining her MPH, Cheyla completed an AmeriCorps service term with Project Health Access, where she facilitated health education workshops for parents of pre-school aged children. Most recently, she has worked as a genetic counseling assistant at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Kathleen Howell 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.

 

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 and OHSU, volunteered with Connecticut Hospice, co-facilitated a support group for patients with psychiatric disorders, interned at 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. Tiffany also served as a Vietnamese translator and interpreter for a study at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

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. She gained exposure to genetic counseling through shadowing various genetic counselors in Orange County and the Bay Area. After graduation, 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.

 

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.

 

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 Reproductive Biology and Assisted Reproduction Techniques from Dexeus University Hospital in 2017. As an undergraduate, she gained laboratory experience at the emergency lab of Quirón Hospital in Barcelona and working in the Molecular Biology, Genetics and Immunology departments of LABCO Diagnostics. She also co-authored research studies regarding NGS and mosaic embryos. As a graduate student, Marina gained experience in genetic counseling by shadowing 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 leaded the launching campaign of an extended carrier screening test.

 

Eric Tricou is originally from Illinois and graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health. As an undergraduate, he volunteered with Centre Helps as a hotline counselor, helping those in crisis and those struggling to meet their basic needs. 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, gained invaluable shadowing experience, and contributed to researching the impact a genetic counseling assistant has on GC time utilization.

 

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. Recently, Lisa has worked as a clinical research coordinator in the maternal-fetal medicine division at UCSF, and volunteered as a talkline counselor with Exhale Provoice.

 

Alumni

Class of 2019 - graduated 6/15/19

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

Class of 2018 - graduated 6/16/18

  • 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 6/17/17

  • Alyssa Armsby
  • Stephanie Bivona
  • Danielle Dondanville
  • Ellie Harrington
  • Jessica Kianmahd
  • Karina Liker
  • Megan Nathan
  • Aiste Narkeviciute
  • Julia Silver
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Class of 2016 - graduated 6/11/16

  • Natalie Downs
  • Kayla Hamilton
  • Kelly Miller
  • Tia Moscarello
  • Lauren Puryear
  • Chloe Reuter
  • Trishna Subas
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Class of 2015 - graduated 6/13/15

  • Sophie Blease
  • Della Bro
  • Elise Calonico
  • Ping Gong
  • Rebecca Luiten
  • Allie Newhall
  • RJ Okamura
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Class of 2014 - graduated 6/14/14

  • Kelly Broady
  • Katie Kobara
  • Ashley Navarro
  • Shannon Rego
  • Anastasia Richardson
  • Kim Splinter
  • Erica Stricko
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 Class of 2013 - graduated 6/15/13

  • Kristen Dilzell
  • Rachel Farrell
  • Emily Hendricks
  • Sahil Kejriwal
  • Greg Kellogg
  • Amirah Khouzam
  • Adrienne Miller
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Class of 2012 - graduated 6/16/12

  • Aarin Ables
  • Megan Grove
  • Emily Hurford
  • Bita Nehoray
  • Jessica Profato
  • Nadine Rayes
  • Layla Shahmirzadi
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Class of 2011 - graduated 6/11/2011

  • Myla Ashfaq
  • Gemma Chandratillake
  • Kyla Dunn
  • Sarah Garcia
  • Lili Kuzmich
  • Stephanie Sottile
  • Reana Tischler
  • Kim Vande Wydeven
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Class of 2010 - graduated 6/12/2010

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

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In the past five years, our alumni accomplishments include:

  • 100% job placement within two months of graduation
  • 90% first-time board pass rate (with 100% for the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017)