The Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute
Genetic Counseling Training Program

Clinical Rotation Sites

Washington DC/Baltimore Area Clinical Rotation Sites
Non-Clinical Genetics Training Opportunities
Genetics Policy Opportunities
International Training Sites



Washington D.C./Baltimore Area Clinical Rotation Sites

Children's National Medical Center

Pediatric Cancer Genetics
Joyce Tannenbaum Turner, M.S.

Pediatric Genetics
Laura Kofman, M.S.
Kara Lord, M.G.C.
Lindsay Paull, M.S.
Monisha Samanta, M.S.
Rhonda Schonberg, M.S.
Mary Beth Seprish, M.S.
Kara Simpson, M.S.
Veronique Weinstein, M.S.

Andrea Gropman, M.D.

Genetics and IVF

Prenatal Diagnosis
Mary Sands, M.S.
Jennifer Weiss, M.S.

Georgetown University Medical Center

Fisher Center/Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Beth Peshkin, M.S.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic 
Jan Blancato, Ph.D.

Prenatal Genetics
Megan Skinner, M.S.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Cancer Risk Assessment
Christy Haakonsen, Sc.M.

Pediatric Genetics 
Marcia Ferguson, M.G.C.
Amy Kimball, M.S.

Prenatal Genetics 
Marcia Ferguson, M.G.C.
Amy Kimball, M.S.

Greater Washington Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Prenatal Diagnosis 
Jill Fonda Allen, M.S.
Selvi Sriranganathan, M.S.

Howard County General Hospital

Prenatal Diagnosis 
Debbie Axtell Lantz, M.S.

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Cancer Risk Assessment
Tiffanie DeMarco, M.S.
Rebekah Moore, M.S.
Sarah Ruppert, M.S.
Kimberly Rutledge, M.S.

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Ataxia Center
Weiyi Mu, Sc.M.

Center for Inherited Heart Disease Clinic 
Emily Brown, M.S.
Cynthia James, Ph.D., Sc.M.
Becky McClellan, M.S.
Brittney Murray, M.S.
Crystal Tichnell, M.G.C.

Clinical Cancer Genetics and Prevention 
Jennifer Axilbund, M.S.
Elizabeth Wiley, M.S.

Institute for Genetic Medicine (Pediatric and Adult General Genetics Clinic)
Carolyn Dinsmore, M.G.C.
Natalie Beck, M.G.C. 
Carrie Blout, M.S.
Jessica Figgens, M.S.
Jackie Francis, M.S.
Gretchen Oswald MacCarrick, M.S.
Weiyi Mu, Sc.M.

Internal Medicine
Howard Levy, M.D.

Weiyi Mu, Sc.M.

Prenatal Clinic
Christine Bell, M.S.
Ginny Corson, M.S.
Cathy Lawson, M.S.
Katie Rock, M.S.

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Genetic Counseling Clinic
Julie Cohen, Sc.M.
Rebecca McClellan, M.G.C.

Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center Prevention and Research Center: Cancer Prevention and Genetics Counseling Service 
Dana Petry, Sc.M.

National Institutes of Health

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
Section on Clinical Genomics

Margarita Raygada, Ph.D., M.S.C.

National Cancer Institute
Cancer Genetics

June Peters, M.S,. M.A.

National Eye Institute
Ophthalmic Genetics

Delphine Blain, Sc.M., M.B.A.
Amy Turriff, Sc.M.

National Human Genome Research Institute
Clinical and Basic Investigations of Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA) and Related Disorders 

Jennifer Sloan, Ph.D., M.S.

The Phenotype and Etiology of Proteus Syndrome 
Julie C. Sapp, Sc.M.

Genetics and Clinical Characteristics of Bardet Biedl Syndrome
Julie C. Sapp, Sc.M.

ClinSeq: A Large-Scale Medical Sequencing Clinical Research Pilot Study 
Katie Lewis, Sc.M.

Phenotype and Etiology of Pallister-Hall Syndrome 
Julie C. Sapp, Sc.M.

Polydactyly Research Study
Julie C. Sapp, Sc.M.

Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Ellen Macnamara, Sc.M.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Studies of Inherited Immunological Disorders
Morgan Butrick, Sc.M.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Clinical and Molecular Manifestations of Inherited Neurological Disorders

Alice Schindler, M.S.
Sandra Doonkevoort, M.S.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Hearing and Deafness Clinic

Julie Muskett, M.S.

St. Joseph's Hospital

Prenatal Diagnosis
Cancer Institute
Nisha Isaac, M.S.

University of Maryland Medical Center

Cancer Risk Assessment 
Jessica Rispoli Joines, M.G.C.
Jessica Scott, M.S.

Huntington's Disease
Lauren Doyle, M.G.C.

Pediatric and Adult Genetics 
Alena Egense, M.S.
Julie Frank, M.S.
Kristin Maloney, M.S.
Rachel Palmquist, M.S.

Prenatal Diagnosis
Stephanie Ashley, M.S.
Lauren Doyle, M.S.
Amanda Higgs, M.G.C.
Sara Shelley, M.S.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Cancer Genetics
Grace-Ann Fasaye, Sc.M.

General Genetics
Clesson Turner, M.D.

Prenatal Assessment Center
Erica Sturm, M.S.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Perinatal Center 
Melissa Fries, M.D.
Kendra Schaa, Sc.M.

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Non-Clinical Genetics Training Opportunities

Genetic Alliance

Genetic Alliance is one of the world's leading nonprofit health advocacy organizations. Its network includes more than 1,200 disease-specific advocacy organizations, as well as thousands of universities, private companies, government agencies, and public policy organizations. The network is a dynamic and growing open space for shared resources, creative tools, and innovative programs. Genetic Alliance engages individuals, families, and communities to transform health.

Genetics and Rare Disease Information Center (GARD)

The Genetics and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) is a collaborative effort of two agencies at the National Institutes of Health, The Office of Rare Diseases and the National Human Genome Research Institute to help people find useful information about genetic conditions and rare diseases.

JHU DNA Diagnostics Laboratory

The DNA Diagnostic Laboratory is a non-profit, academic service lab established at Johns Hopkins in 1979.


GeneDX specializes in genetic testing for rare hereditary disorders. Their mission is to make clinical testing available to people with rare genetic conditions and their families.

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Genetics Policy Opportunities

NHGRI Policy and Program Analysis Branch

The Policy and Program Analysis Branch is part of the Office of Policy, Communication and Education within the NHGRI Office of the Director. This branch conducts policy development and analysis that enables NHGRI to pursue its mission.

The Genetics and Public Policy Center

The Genetics and Public Policy Center, established in 2002 at the Johns Hopkins University with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, is an independent source of credible information on genetic technologies and genetic policies for the public, medical and policy makers.

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International Training Sites

We encourage students to consider possible international opportunities during the summer between the first and second year of study. We have program connections in the following regions that could be used to pursue a rotation, but students have often successfully taken the initiative to create opportunities in other geographic regions, and we are happy to support those as well:

Brisbane, Australia
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
London, England
Manchester, England
Mumbia, India
Tokyo, Japan

Other clinical training sites that participate in the Transnational Alliance for Genetic Counseling may also be available.

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Last Updated: February 17, 2015