2010 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Schedule of Experts

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2010 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Schedule of Experts

A list of NHGRI experts, and experts from across the country, for the National DNA Day Online Chatroom, April 23, 2010
Time Expert Research Area/Focus
8 - 10 a.m. Phyllis Frosst, Ph.D.
Head
Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Science Policy Analyst
Policy and Program Analysis Branch

NHGRI
Phyllis Frosst is investigating genetic discrimination, direct to consumer marketing of genetic tests and pharmacogenomics.
Don Hadley, M.S., C.G.C.
Investigator
Social and Behavioral Research Branch

NHGRI
Don Hadley is researching the components of a genetic counseling session, including how people are informed of genetic disorders and how they make decisions regarding genetic testing.
Sarah Harding, M.P.H.
Community Outreach Analyst
Education and Community Involvement Branch

Office of the Director
NHGRI
Sarah Harding creates and implements community engagement programs focusing on genetics.
Jessica Hooks, B.S., M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Charlotte Fetal Care Center

Carolina Healthcare System
Jessica Hooks is a prenatal genetic counselor who sees preconception and prenatal patients for a variety of indications. She also serves as the genetic counselor for the Charlotte Fetal Care Center which is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the prenatal treatment of complex birth defects and obstetrical complications.
Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology
NIGMS
Donna Krasnewich is knowledgeable in diseases resulting from abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates.
Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director

NHGRI
Dale Lea develops genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translates genetic and genomic information for the public. She also develops genetic and genomic health information and educational resources for healthcare professionals.
Judith Miller, M.S.
Genetic Couselor
Champaign, Ill.
Judith Miller is currently retired after working for 12 years as a genetic counselor. She provided general genetic counseling for 8 years, and then established a cancer genetics program.
Courtney Nichols, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor
Johns Hopkins University
Courtney Nichols is a genetic counselor who coordinates several research studies aimed at understanding the genetic causes of diseases where multiple genes and other factors are involved, called complex diseases. She works on studies of autism, hypertension, and Hirschsprung disease..
Eleanor Rees, M.S., C.G.C.
Certified Genetic Counselor
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Eleanor Rees currently works at Dartmouth-Hithcock Medical Center, a tertiary care teaching hospital located in Lebanon, NH. She does both prenatal genetic counseling and cancer genetic counseling.
Emily Smith, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Southampton Hospital
Emily Smith is the first and only genetic counselor for a small community-based hospital. She mainly works in a clinical cancer genetics setting but occasionally will work in other areas of clinical genetics. Her non-clinical duties include coordinating monthly multidisciplinary breast conferences, lecturing medical students and residents about topics in genetics, and speaking to the community about the importance of family history.
Robin Troxell, B.S., M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Maternal Fetal MedicineSt. Johns Hospital
Robin Troxell sees high risk prenatal patients with the MFM OB. She also coordinates the monthly outreach pediatrics genetics clinic for the University of Missouri.
Ian Wallace, B.S., M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Chelmsford, Mass.
Ian Wallace provides prenatal genetic counseling services to patients, which includes diagnostic testing, carrier screening, teratogenic risk assessment, recurrence risk assessment, preconception counseling, and psychosocial counseling.
Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.
Senior Program Analyst
Division of Extramural Research
, NHGRI
Kris Wetterstrand works on the Large-scale Sequencing Program, which managed the Human Genome Project, and the Human Microbiome Project, an effort to sequence the DNA of microbes (e.g. bacteria) that live in and on humans.
9 - 11 a.m. Samir Kelada, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Genome Technology Branch
NHGRI
Samir Kelada is interested understanding the complex relationships between genes and the environment that cause asthma.
10 - Noon Kimberly Barr, M.S., C.G.C.
Regional Genetics Educator
Kaiser Permanente
Kimberly Barr is a board certified genetic counselor with a special interest in developing genetic education materials for patients and healthcare providers.
David Bodine, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
Head
Hematopoiesis Section

NHGRI
Dave Bodine is investigating the genetics of pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells (PHSCs) to improve the effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation and to find better ways to use these unique cells for gene replacement therapy.
Emily Edelman, M.S., C.G.C.
Project Director
National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics

NHGRI
Emily Edelman is a genetic counselor who coordinates multiple projects at a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education in genetics to healthcare providers. She works with other genetic counselors, scientists, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, bioethicists, patient advocates, and other health professionals. She has experience in providing genetic counseling to individuals with a family history of cancer, and other rare and common conditions.
Joan Ehrhardt, M.S.
Birth Defects Program Coordinator
Michigan Department Community Health
Joan Ehrhardt coordinates birth defects tracking, prevention and referral education and activities for state and local programs, health providers and the general public.
Tracy Futch, M.S., Ph.D.
Senior Genetics Counselor
DNA Direct
Tracy Futch is a genetic counselor working at DNA Direct in San Francisco. She provides genetic counseling as well as guidance and decision support for genomic medicine to patients, providers, and payors.
Amy Gaviglio, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Minnesota Department of Health
Amy Gaviglio is currently a genetic counselor for the newborn screening program in Minnesota. She also supervises the short-term follow-up unit in the program in order to ensure babies identified get diagnosed and services.
10 - 11 a.m. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Human Genome Research Institute

NHGRI
Eric D. Green is the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, a position he had held since late 2009. Previously, he served as the NHGRI Scientific Director (2002-2009), Chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch (1996-2009), and Director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (1997-2009). Since the early 1990s, Dr. Green has been extensively involved in efforts to map, sequence, and understand eukaryotic genomes. His work included significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project, and more recently has involved several major efforts that utilize large-scale DNA sequencing to address important problems in genomics, genetics, and biomedicine.
Joe McInerney, M.S.
Director
National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics
Joe McInerney received his MS in human genetics and genetic counseling from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, in 1976. He then spent more than two decades at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), in Colorado, where he was director for 14 years and wrote textbooks and other educational materials in biology, with a focus on genetics and evolution. Since October 2000, he has been executive director of National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, where he develops educational materials in human genetics and genetic medicine for a broad range of health professionals.
Claire Noll, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor
Houston, Tex.
Claire Noll has worked for 10 years in prenatal, cancer, and research (cardiovascular) genetic counseling. This has included a lot of genetics by email, phone, and videoconference, so chatting on DNA Day fits right in. She loves working in this field because it can explain a lot that people may have wondered about, such as why people are different in many ways and why they are the same in many ways.
Dawn Peck, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
University of Missouri Health Care.
Dawn Peck has been the coordinator for Biochemical Genetics Clinic at the University of Missouri Health Care since 2000. Her primary interests are newborn screening and public health genetics.
Kate Reed, M.P.H., Sc.M.
Genetic Counselor
National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics
Kate Reed works as a genetic counselor with both children and adults. As a counselor, she helps geneticists with diagnosing people with genetic conditions and helps families understand and adapt to diagnoses. She also works as a project director at the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics where she helps to teach doctors and other health professionals about genetics.
Lakshmi Warrier, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Lakshmi Warrier works as a genetic counselor with the Cancer Risk Program at the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC San Francisco Medical Center. Her work responsibilities pimarily focus on working wth families with breast, ovarian and other cancers at the Breast Care Clinic, research recruitment, and education.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Shawn Burgess, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Head
Developmental Genomics Section

NHGRI
Shawn Burgess is studying developmental processes and their relation to human genetic disease.
Noon - 2 p.m. Barbara Biesecker, Ph.D.
Associate Investigator
Genetic Counselor
Social and Behavioral Research Branch

NHGRI
Barb Biesecker direct the JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program and has been doing genetic counseling for thirty years. Her primary interests are in achieving quality of life for those affected with a genetic condition or at risk.
Les Biesecker, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
Head
Human Development Section

NHGRI
Les Biesecker is researching the clinical and molecular delineation of human malformation syndromes.
Vence Bonham, J.D.
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch

NHGRI
Vence Bonham researches the ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Noon - 1 p.m. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
National Human Genome Research Institute

NHGRI
Eric D. Green is the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, a position he had held since late 2009. Previously, he served as the NHGRI Scientific Director (2002-2009), Chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch (1996-2009), and Director of the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center (1997-2009). Since the early 1990s, Dr. Green has been extensively involved in efforts to map, sequence, and understand eukaryotic genomes. His work included significant, start-to-finish involvement in the Human Genome Project, and more recently has involved several major efforts that utilize large-scale DNA sequencing to address important problems in genomics, genetics, and biomedicine.
Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Acting Director
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

NIH
Alan Guttmacher serves as the Acting Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development where he oversees the institute's efforts to conduct and support research on the health of children, adults, families, and populations. His areas of expertise include pediatrics, medical genetics, and the development of new approaches for translating the findings of the Human Genome Project into better ways of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease.
Noon - 2 p.m. Lucia Hindorff, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
Office of Population Genomics
Office of the Director

NHGRI
Lucia Hindorff is working with a number of investigators around the country on a program that is designed to take the most promising genetic variants from recent studies and learn more about them in large populations with extensive data. She hopes to learn more about the different pathways that these variants are involved in and possibly identify some environmental factors that may modify disease associations. She is also one of the curators of the NHGRI GWAS Catalog, a summary of findings from published genome-wide association studies.
Renee Jones, M.S., Ph.D.
Genetic Counselor
Maternal Fetal Medicine

Community Health Network
Renee Jones primarily works with patients who have questions or concerns about prenatal genetic testing opportunities. She also see patients who have a strong family history of cancer and may want more information about cancer genetic testing. Family history of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy can lead patients to consult with her regarding their risks during a current or future pregnancy for these conditions.
Elizabeth Kramer, M.G.C, C.G.C.
Director of Genetic Counseling
Maryland Perinatal Associates
Elizabeth Kramer is the supervising prenatal genetic counselor at a busy perinatal practice. She see patients for a variety of indications, including abnormal ultrasounds or bloodwork, prenatal screening and testing and family history of genetic disease.
Jean McEwen, J.D., Ph.D.
Program Director
Ethical Legal and Social Implications Program
Division of Extramural Research

NHGRI
Jean McEwen manages a portfolio of grants regarding the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics research, focusing on law, genetic variation, and social policy. She slso oversee the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) component of the 1000 Genomes Project, the Human Microbiome Project, and various other large genomics research projects.
Judith Miller, M.S.(Genetic Counseling), M.S. (Biochemistry)
Licensed Genetic Couselor
Champaign, Ill.
Judy Miller retired several years ago from her position as genetic counselor after establishing a new program in cancer genetics at Carle Clinic in Urbana IL. Prior to that, she worked for many years in a setting where she practiced genetic counseling with patients in all areas of genetics: pediatrics, prenatal, adult genetics, metabolic. She participated in the Chatroom last year and enjoyed it very much.
Barry Starr, Ph.D.
Director
Stanford at the Tech Department of Genetics

Stanford University
Barry Starr runs a program out of Stanford's Department of Genetics where he trains science graduate students how to communicate science to the public. He does this by having the students run fun hands on genetics activities at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and by having them answer people's genetics questions online at our Understanding Genetics Web site.
Amber Trivedi, M.S.
Senior Genetic Counselor
InfoMed Medical Decisions, Inc.
Informed DNA provides genetic counseling over the telephone. Amber Trivedi provides cancer and reproductive genetic counseling, leads a team of other genetic counselors, and is involved in Informed DNA's business processes.
Della Brown White, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Social and Behavioral Research Branch

NHGRI
Della Brown White is examining social and cultural factors that may influence participation in genetics research among minority populations.
Sandy Woo, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Kaiser Permanente
Sandy Woo provides genetic counseling (risk assessment, education, facilitating decisions ) to families and individuals with or who are at risk for birth defects/ genetic conditions.
1 - 2 p.m. Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Acting Director
Office of Policy, Communications and Education
Senior Advisor to the Director for Research Policy
Office of the Director

NHGRI
Laura Lyman Rodriguez is the Acting Director for the Office of Policy, Communication, and Education and the Senior Advisor to the Director for Research Policy at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She works to develop and implement policy for research initiatives at the NHGRI, as well as programs that work across all of the NIH Institutes. She is particularly interested in the policy and ethics questions related to the inclusion of human research participants in genomics and genetics research and sharing human genomic data through broadly used research resources (e.g., databases).
1 - 3 p.m. Jeff Schloss, Ph.D.
Program Director
Technology Development
Division of Extramural Research

NHGRI
Jeff Schloss is a program director in the extramural division of NHGRI. Developing technology for sequencing complete human genomes for $1000 or less is the centerpiece of his technology development programs, and he also leads the Centers of Excellence in Genomic Science program. Jeff's formal science training is in cell and molecular biology.
2 - 3 p.m. David Adams, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Investigator
Office of the Clinical Director

NHGRI
David Adams is studying rare inborn errors of metabolism and other rare genetic syndromes to understand the disease process and identify potential treatments.
2 - 4 p.m. Megan Deeney, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Perinatal Associates of Northern Nevada
Meghan Deeney is a genetic counselor working in a high risk perinatal practice. She counsels patients and families who have high risk pregnancies based on family history, age, maternal conditions, etc. Another part of her practice is cancer genetic counseling. In this role, she provides medical information, risk assessment, testing options, and psychosocial support for individuals and their families who have strong family histories of cancer.
Ellyn Farrelly, M.A.
Genetic Counseling Graduate Student
Stanford University
Ellyn Farrelly is currently completing a Master's degree in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling at Stanford University. Her research interests are in disability rights.
Angela Filose, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Kaiser Permanente
Angela Filose works as a genetic counselor with prenatal, pediatric and hereditary cancer patients. She helps evaluate patients for genetic conditions in themselves or their babies, and helps guide them through the information.
Laura Fuqua M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor
Genzyme Genetics
Laura Fuqua is a Genetic Counselor II at Genzyme Genetics. She provides genetic consultations to families undergoing or planing a pregnancy in northern California. She enjoys presenting genetic/medical/scientific information in a meaningful, sensitive way.
Heather Junkins, M.S.
Scientific Program Analyst
Office of Population Genomics
Office of the Director

NHGRI
Heather Junkins works in the Office of Population Genomics on a variety of projects that aim to promote the application of genomic technologies to population-based studies. Included in the portfolio are projects that are developing standard phenotype and exposure measures for genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and using well-characterized cohorts to follow-up on putative casual variants. She is also the curator of the NHGRI GWAS Catalog.
Christine Kobelka, B.Sc., B.P.H.E., B.Ed., M.Sc.
Genetic Counselor
Kaiser Permanente
Christine Kobelka is a genetic counselor who works with patients who have, or are at risk for genetic conditions. She takes family histories, helps evaluate patients, and arranges/helps interpret genetic testing results.
Carla Matteson, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Genetics
Co-Director, Genetics Center, Director
Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Laboritories

University of Tennessee Genetics Center
Carla Matteson directs a molecular laboratory and teaches med students, grad students and residents about genetics and genetic testing. She also administers a 25-person genetic center with clinical and laboratory activities.
3 - 4 p.m. Anna Rossoshek, M.S., M.B.A.
Senior Scientific Administrative Analyst
Division of Intramural Research

NHGRI
Anna Rossoshek's duties require her to be very familiar with the entire Extramural grants portfolio. Her grant portfolio deals mostly with R13 conference grants. She is an active member of the Knockout Mouse Project program and GTEx program. She has many administrative duties as well, including but not limited to RMS and Grant budgeting, conference/workshop event planning, and she is responsible for contractors in the office. Her scientific background makes her proficient in mouse genetics and genomics, however, it is not limited to that.
Matt Tschirgi, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor
Genzyme Genetics
Matt Tschirgi is a prenatal genetic counselor who works with women who have high risk pregnancies. He provides information about testing options, results, and genetic risk assessment.
4 - 6 p.m. Julie Segre, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
Head
Epithelial Biology Section

NHGRI
Using contemporary genomic methodologies, Julie Segre's laboratory focuses on the role that bacteria and other small micro-organisms may play in human health and disease. The Segre laboratory estimates that approximately one million bacteria reside on each square centimeter of skin; many common skin conditions are associated with both impaired skin barrier function and increased microbial colonization. By sequencing the DNA of bacteria collected from the skin of humans and mouse models of human disease, her group investigates how these bacteria contribute to health and, conversely, how changes in the bacterial community structure might contribute to chronic skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Vence Bonham, J.D.
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch

NHGRI
Vence Bonham researches the ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Patricia L. Devers, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Patricia Devers is a genetic counselor specializing in reproductive genetics. She sees patients in the preconceptional and prenatal period.
Christine Ferlatte, M.S.
Genetic Counselor
Berkeley, Calif.
Christy Ferlatte is a recent graduate of a Masters of Genetic Counseling program..
Anne Madeo, M.S.
Associate Director
Johns Hopkins University/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program

NHGRI
Anne Madeo earned her M.S. in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan and has been working at the NIH as a Genetic Counselor since 2000. She is currently the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program.
Eron O'Leary, B.S., M.S.
Genetic Counselor
University of California, Los Angeles
Eron O'Leary works as a Cancer Genetic Counselor. She sees individuals and families who are at a high risk for hereditary cancer and discuss available and appropriate genetic testing, and the risks benefits and limitations of this testing as well as make appropriate medical management recommendations and referrals.
Heidi Parker, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Cancer Genetics Branch
Division of Intramural Research

NHGRI
Heidi Parker studies the genetics of the dog in an effort to answer questions about disease in both dogs and humans.
Loren Pena, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Baltimore, Md.
Loren Pena is a clinical geneticist who sees patients for diagnosis and management of a variety of inherited, or sporadic, conditions.
Toni Pollin, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Baltimore, Md.
Toni Pollin conducts research on the genetic factors in complex diseases, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She also teaches graduate and medical students and have a background in genetic counseling.

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