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Michael J. Dougherty, PhD


Director of Education


Mike Dougherty joined the Society in 2008, and as Director of Education he is responsible for genetics education spanning high school through postdoctoral training. Much of ASHG’s recent work has focused on improving undergraduate genetics instruction, which is the pipeline for future genetics health and research professionals and for the next generation of high school biology teachers. Prior to joining ASHG, Dougherty spent nine years on the biology faculty at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he taught introductory biology, genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry and conducted research on the genetics of yeast prions. Dougherty has nearly 20 years of formal science education experience, which began when he joined the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) as a curriculum developer in 1993. During his time at BSCS, he co-authored several textbooks and multimedia curricula for high school and college biology and helped direct curriculum projects in behavioral genetics and the neurobiology of addiction. He also served as associate director of BSCS. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in molecular biology and biochemistry. He has been a Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in Alzheimer’s disease, a Visiting Senior Lecturer and Member of Eliot College, University of Kent, UK, the McGavacks of Loudoun Chair in Biochemistry at Hampden-Sydney College, and is currently Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine.


Brittany Wolf


Educational Programs Coordinator


Brittany Wolf joined the Society in March 2014 and is responsible for managing ASHG's K-12 education programs, including; the DNA Day Essay Contest, Teen Genes Video Challenge, High School Workshop, Lesson Plan Database, and Genetics Education Outreach Network. She provides broad support for educational programs at the Annual Meeting, as well as ASHG's trainee initiatives. Her favorite time of year is when she gets to read high school students' thought submissions to the annual essay contest. She previously hails from the pharmaceutical and security industries but is eager to contribute to the improvement of science education for scientists and the general public. Brittany earned a B.S. in General Biology and Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, College Park.



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