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The Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (ISCC-PEG) is a collaborative group aimed at improving healthcare provider genomics education. Currently, ISSC-PEG has over 250 members, which include societies, institutes, individuals and industry members. The committee is supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).


The Scholars Program provides exposure to the broader genomics community and experts in the field, with the opportunity to work on a genetics/genomics-related education projects under the mentorship of an ISCC-PEG member. The appointment is for two years. Each scholar will have their travel funded for the annual ISCC-PEG in-person meeting (typically January or February) for a presentation on their project progress. This program is not a full-time fellowship, postdoctoral, or salaried position. Travel to the ISCC-PEG meeting is the only financial component.


  • Enrollment in a college, a higher degree program or a training program when the student or trainee begins their term as a scholar.
  • Show interest in genetics and healthcare provider education. However, expertise or training program focus is not required.
  • Be able to commit to the full two-year term.
  • Be willing to work on a genetics education project with an assigned mentor.
  • Participate in monthly conference calls and attend/present at the annual in-person meetings.
  • Submit a letter of support from the supervisor or program director.
  • Eligible to work in the United States. NHGRI will not sponsor visas or international travel.

How to Apply

The ISCC-PEG Scholars Program is currently not accepting applications.  Please check back later for updates.

Questions: ISCCPEGScholars@nih.gov



ScholarAffiliation, Degree in ProgressMentor(s)AffiliationISCC-PEG Project Group
2023-2025 Class of Scholars
Chase Beeman, BSOhio State University College of Medicine, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, Columbus, OHRichard L. Haspel, M.D., Ph.D.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Vanessa Smith, BSMaster of Science, Genetic Counseling, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TNAmber Jackson, BS 

Donna Messersmith, Ph.D.
Amber: Training, Diversity and Health Equity Office; 
Donna: Education and Community Involvement Branch

National Human Genome Research Institute
Swathi Balaji, BAMaster of Science, Genetic Counselor/Counseling, Master of Public Health, Medical/Human Genetics, Department of Human Genetics, University of PittsburghKathleen Blazer, Ed.D., M.S., CGCDirector Cancer Genomics Education Program, Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California 
Setareh Zandihaghighi, BSMaster of Science in Genetic Counseling, The University of Michigan Master's in Genetic Counseling program - MichiganHouriya Ayoubieh, M.D. FACMGInternal Medicine/ Clinical Genetics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center- El Paso, Texas 
2022-2024 Class of Scholars
Ava WilloughbyOhio State University College of Medicine, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, Columbus, OHBarbara O'Brien, M.D.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Molly FelixMaster of Science in Genetic Counseling
Virginia Commonwealth University
Vinaya Murthy, MPH, M.S., LCGC

Ebony Madden, M.S., Ph.D.
Vinaya Murthy: Indiana University Schoo of Medicine

Ebony Madden: Training, Diversity and Health Equity Office, NHGRI
2021-2023 Class of Scholars
Abimbola Muinat Oladayo, BDS, MPHDepartment of Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa, MS in Dental Public HealthLouise Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital

OB/GYN Genomics Curriculum Development
Sarah Roth, BA, MFA, MAJHU/NIH Genetic Counseling Training Program, Baltimore, MD, ScM in Genetic Counseling, PhD in Anthropology

Audrey Squire, MS, CGC

Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC

Audrey Squire: Seattle Children's Hospital; Danielle

McKenna: Penn Medicine
LGBTQI+ Issues in Genomics
Katharine Press Callahan, AB, MDThe Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, MS in Medical EthicsSabrina Malone Jenkins, MDAssistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah in the Division of NeonatologyRare Diseases and Inclusive Genetics
Lisa Ferrand, BS, MSBarry University, PhD in NursingKathleen Blazer, EdD, MS, CGC

Director Cancer Genomics Education Program

Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics

City of Hope National Medical Center

2020-2022 Class of Scholars
Samantha Bailey, BSPS, PharmDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, PhD in Clinical Pharmaceutical SciencesPhil Empey, PharmD, PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh; Co-Chair Pharmacogenomics Project GroupPharmacogenomics Project Group
Rene Begay, MS, CPHJohns Hopkins School of Public Health, MPHYi Liu, MS GC

Christina Daulton, MA
National Cancer Institute, Genetic Counselor

Education and Community Involvement Branch/National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH
Global Genetics and Genomics Community (G3C)
Kelsey Ellis, BS, MSThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro Master of Science in Genetic Counseling ProgramMichelle Snyder, MS GCNational Institute on Aging; Former Chair of ISCC-PEG Rare Disease Project GroupRare Disease Project Group
Katherine Robinson, BS, PharmDSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Doctor of PharmacyKristine Crews, PharmDSt. Jude Children's Research HospitalPharmacogenomics Project Group


Last updated: February 5, 2024