Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship Alumni

Previous Genetics & Public Policy Fellows maintain close ties and have moved on to a variety of positions in science policy and advocacy. Explore their current positions and reflections on their fellowships.

Current and Former Fellows: Where They Are Now

Year
Fellow
Current Employer
Title
Office Rotation in Congress
2019
Sammy Katta
ASHG/NHGRI
Genetics and Public Policy Fellow
Senate HELP Committee
2018
Eve Granatosky
Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC
Senior Associate
Senator Richard Blumenthal
2017
Nikki Meadows
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute – FOIA/PA Office
Policy Analyst
Rep. Louise Slaughter; Senate HELP Committee
2016
Christa Wagner
Association of American Medical Colleges
Senior Legislative Analyst
Sen. Sherrod Brown
2015
Caroline Young
NIH – Office of Science Policy
Health Science Policy Analyst
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
2014
Katherine Blizinsky
Rush University; NIH – All of Us Research Program
Assistant Professor; Policy Director
Sen. Patty Murray
2013
Katherine Donigan
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Personalized Medicine Policy
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
2012
Laura Koontz
Flatiron Health
Director of Regulatory Policy
Rep. Louise Slaughter
2011
Cristina Kapustij
NIH – National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Chief, Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Rep. John Dingell
2010
Kyle Brown
Colorado Division of Insurance
Head of Affordability Programs
Senate HELP Committee
2009
Selvi Sriranganathan
Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States
Certified Genetic Counselor
Rep. Eddie Bernice-Johnson
2008
Sara Selgrade
NIH – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Section Chief for Legislative Activities
Senate HELP Committee
2007
Pam Bradley
Adaptive Biotechnologies
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Senate HELP Committee
2006
Ed Ramos
NIH – All of Us Research Program
Team Lead
Sen. Barack Obama
2005
Derek Scholes
ASHG
Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
Senate HELP Committee
2004
Mike Stebbins
Science Advisors
President
Senate Minority Leaders Office
2003
Jennifer Leib
Innovation Policy Solutions
Founder and CEO
Senate HELP Committee
2002
Daryl Pritchard
Personalized Medicine Coalition
Senior Vice President, Science Policy
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Past Fellows Share their Experience

Eve Granatosky
This fellowship has given me hands-on experience in applying my training as a scientist in policy contexts, as well as a deeper understanding of the realities of the policy-making process. I’ve learned that scientific evidence is often one of many factors that influences a policy decision, and being able to strategically consider the broader context of a particular action will help me to be a stronger advocate for science in the future.
– 2018-2019 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Eve Granatosky, PhD  (read more about Eve’s experience )
Nikki Meadows
This fellowship has given me hands-on experience in applying my training as a scientist in policy contexts, as well as a deeper understanding of the realities of the policy-making process. I’ve learned that scientific evidence is often one of many factors that influences a policy decision, and being able to strategically consider the broader context of a particular action will help me to be a stronger advocate for science in the future.
– 2017-2018 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Nikki Meadows, PhD
Christa Wagner
The ASHG/NHGRI Fellowship has provided me with a diverse array of experiences, both in terms of topics covered and settings in which I worked on policy. The Fellowship provides an exceptional experience for those with a background in genetics to play a role in effective policymaking.
– 2016-2017 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Christa Wagner, PhD (read more about Christa’s experience)
Cari Young
The ASHG/NHGRI Policy Fellowship provided me with diverse learning opportunities and the chance to contribute meaningfully to the formation and analysis of health and science policy.  It provided a unique opportunity to take on varied roles within the science and health policy landscape, allowing me to experience the pros and cons of working in each setting and helping me to crystallize my thinking on where I might want to go next. It also made me a more marketable applicant for policy positions beyond the fellowship.
– 2015-2016 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Cari Young, (watch a video interview with Cari about her experience)
Laura Koontz
The ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship was without exaggeration a life-changing experience. My fellowship allowed me to take my background in genetics research and translate it into a career as a public policy professional at a national cancer patient advocacy organization. Not only has the experience been invaluable, the network of fellows I’ve joined as an alumna are among the best policy professionals in D.C.The fellowship has also allowed me to fully realize my commitment to bettering the lives and treatment of people with cancer – the reason I got into scientific research in the first place!
– 2012-2013 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Laura Koontz, PhD
Cristina Kapustij
I’ve gained a very desirable skillset and professional network only achievable by doing the work I was given. I will use the tools this experience has given me in every aspect of my career. This fellowship has created a group of impressive policy makers networked into the genetics community that is a force to be reckoned with in Washington, DC. And our numbers grow every year.
– 2011-2012 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Cristina Kapustij, M.S.
Sara Selgrade
One of the most valuable things about the fellowship has been the group of former fellows, most of whom are still working in policy in or near Washington, D.C. They are an amazing resource and a testament to how the fellowship prepares you for a variety of rewarding careers at the intersection of science and policy.
-2008-2009 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Sara Selgrade, PhD
Pam Bradley
The ASHG/NHGRI fellowship is unique in providing “immersion” experiences in multiple sectors, giving the fellow a first-hand understanding of the different perspectives, motivations and limitations in policymaking. The fellowship was instrumental in launching me into an exciting and rewarding policy career that builds on my science background. The past fellows network is also an amazing resource. Access to the variety and depth of expertise of the past fellows greatly enriched the fellowship experience, and the growing network continues to help me professionally and personally.
– 2007-2008 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Pam Bradley, PhD
Ed Ramos
Without question, the fellowship brought to light new pathways not often considered when pursuing a PhD and I am grateful for the strong network that supported me as a fellow and continues to support me to this day.
– 2006-2007 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Ed Ramos, PhD
Derek Scholes
“This fellowship changed my life. During my postdoc, I developed a passion for science and health policy, and was very keen to pursue a policy career. The fellowship was exactly the opportunity I needed to gain the training, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the policy world of Washington, D.C. Because the fellowship allows the fellow to work in different settings, I gained an appreciation of the range of career options available, and this empowered me to choose a career path after the fellowship that was right for me. It is a wonderful bonus that the alumni from this fellowship all remain in contact with each other: I consider this network of former fellows to be among my most trusted colleagues.”
– 2005-2006 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Derek Scholes, PhD
Daryl Pritchard
So many opportunities have been afforded to me by this fellowship. When I first applied for the position, I was a genetics postdoc living in DC. As a scientist, I primarily worked in a laboratory and didn’t have many chances to communicate with others about my research and technological advancements in medicine. I was interested in public policy and got involved in government relations. The fellowship allowed me to go further in that direction by combining my scientific expertise with the communication of science to large audiences, and it provided me with experience and skills in policy development, legislative affairs, business, and government relations that I continue to draw upon today.”
– 2002-2003 ASHG/NHGRI Fellow Daryl Pritchard, PhD 

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