Public Education & Awareness Committee

The Public Education & Awareness Committee oversees programs and initiatives to inform, educate, and engage the general public and students to advance knowledge and help people everywhere realize the benefits of human genetics and genomics research. Works to enhance ASHG members’ skills and motivation to engage in public communication and education activities. Helps develop Annual Meeting events and year-round programs that inform and engage ASHG members in public education, awareness and engagement. Provides input on media relations planning for Annual Meeting. Helps identify key concepts or priority knowledge areas for priority groups. Curates or helps develop materials for public and educator use that help advance ASHG’s strategic awareness goals. Committee meets annually in person at the Annual Meeting and by phone throughout the year.

View the Public Education & Awareness Committee’s Action Plan

Committee Group: Public Awareness & Advocacy, along with Government & Public Advocacy Committee

2024 Committee Members

  • Chair: Joseph Shen, MD/PhD, UC Davis
  • Christina Vallianatos, PhD, The Jackson Laboratory
  • Anuranjan Anand, PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  • Kurt Christensen, PhD, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute & Harvard Medical School
  • Sharri Cyrus, MS, University of British Columbia
  • Barbara Fortini, PhD, Keck Graduate Institute
  • Jessica Hunter, PhD, RTI International
  • Lord Jephthah Joojo Gowans, PhD, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
  • Philip Jansen, MD/PhD, Amsterdam University Medical Center
  • Arvind Kothandaraman, MBS, PerkinElmer
  • Matthew Moss, BS/BA, Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Sureni Mullegama, PhD, Sam Houston State University
  • Marcie Steeves, MS, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nara Sobreira, MD/PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sara C. Zapico, PhD, New Jersey Institute of Technology


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