Previous Genetics Education & Engagement Fellows maintain close ties and have moved on to a variety of positions in education and engagement. Explore their current positions and reflections on their fellowships.
Current and Former Fellows: Where They Are Now
Past Fellows Share their Experience
During my fellowship, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in and even spearhead events helping to increase genetic understanding and health literacy in different communities. I have seen the behind-the-scenes work required to build a community and plan valuable events. At NHGRI, I’ve learned more about government agencies and how they work. At ASHG, I have discovered some of the roles of scientific societies and the importance of member relationships.
– 2018-2019 Fellow Dyanna Christopher, MPH (Watch a video interview with Dyanna about her experience)
The fellowship provided me with tools, a supportive network, and the confidence to transition from a bench research position to promoting genetics and science education within many communities.
– 2016-2017 Fellow Teresa Ramìrez, PhD (Read more about Teresa’s experience)
The fellowship was a truly transformative experience that opened my eyes to opportunities in genetics education I was not aware of prior to the fellowship. Being able to work alongside professionals at two of the most renowned genetics institutions allowed me to develop skills relevant to my field, learn about work in the federal government, non-profits, and professional societies, and grow my network within these groups. The fellowship provided access to mentors and an incredibly supportive network of genetics education professionals who have been instrumental to my career.
– 2015-2016 Fellow Julie Nadel, PhD (Watch a video interview with Julie about her experience)
As a fellow, I was fortunate to work with some amazing mentors and colleagues to design and develop genomic education programs and resources targeted at various audiences: genetics/genomics professionals, K-12 and community college educators, teens, informal educators, and museum visitors from children to seniors. The fellowship gave me time and space to practice working with many different people with different areas of expertise to learn from them, expand my knowledge and skills, and develop a portfolio of work needed to move into this field professionally. Beyond that, the mentorship I received was truly profound for both my professional and personal growth, and I am forever grateful to the folks who helped me along the way.
– 2014-2015 Fellow Beth Tuck, MA