Career Corner

Career Corner is a series of interviews between ASHG trainee members and genetics professionals launched on the ASHG Trainee Forum in Fall 2014. These brief interviews illuminate various career paths and provide advice for trainees. This working group consists of active members of the ASHG online trainee community who assist the Training and Development Committee in developing programs outside of the Annual Meeting for fellow trainees.

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Christoph Nowak - Uppsala University

Andrew (Alejandro) Nato - University of Washington

Kumar Muthu Veerapen - Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital

Burcu Darst - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Lauren Tindale - BC Cancer Agency


Shweta Ramdas, PhD

August 15, 2019

The Postdoc Hunt

Diana Azurdia, PhD

May 30, 2019

Director for Recruitment and Inclusion for Graduate Programs in Bioscience

Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD
October 10, 2014
Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine & Computer Science
Stanford University, Schools of Engineering & Medicine

Thomas Bird, MD
Professor, Neurology and Medical Genetics
University of Washington, Seattle

Olaf Bodamer, MD, PhD
March 13, 2015
Park Gerald Chair in Genetics and Genomics, Associate Chief
Boston Children's Hospital

Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD
October 9, 2015
Professor of Genetic Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Supriyo De, MD, PhD
August 8, 2017
Staff Scientist
National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

M. Eileen Dolan, PhD
December 19, 2014
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

Evan E. Eichler, PhD
November 21, 2014
Professor and HHMI Investigator
Department of Genome Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Chris Gunter, PhD
November 7, 2014
Associate Professor, Emory School of Medicine
Associate Director of Research, Marcus Autism Center & Children's Health of Atlanta

Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD
June 10, 2016
Head of Medical Genetics, University of Washington
Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences
Arno G. Motulsky Chair in Medicine

Haig Kazazian, Jr., MD
October 23, 2015
Professor of Human Genetics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Christophe Lambert, PhD
June 19, 2015
Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Center for Global Health, Division of Translational Informatics, Department of Internal Medicine

Brendan Lee, MD, PhD
August 12, 2016
Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine

Niall J. Lennon, PhD
May 13, 2016
Senior Director, Translational Genomics
Broad Institute

Mark McCarthy, MD, FRCP, FMedSci
November 18, 2016
Robert Turner Professor of Diabetes Medicine
University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics

Robert Mendoza-Londono, MD, MS, FRCP, FCCMG, FMedSci
May 5, 2017
Interim Division Head, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics
Hospital for Sick Children

Cynthia Casson Morton, PhD
April 24, 2015
William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Director of Cytogenetics, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute

David Nelson, PhD
February 26, 2016
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Ioannis Ragoussis, PhD
May 22, 2015
Head of Genome Sciences, Associate Professor in Human Genetics
McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre

Gerald Mark Reaven, MD
March 11, 2016
Professor of Medicine (Active Emeritus)
Stanford University School of Medicine

Heidi Rehm, PhD, FACMG
January 5, 2015
Associate Professor of Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Chief Laboratory Director, Partners Healthcare

Guy Rouleau, MD, PhD, FRCPC, OQ
January 29, 2016
McGill University

Jay Shendure, MD, PhD
October 24, 2014
Associate Professor of Genome Sciences
University of Washington

Eric Alan Shoubridge, PhD
February 12, 2016
Professor and Chair, Department of Human Genetics
Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University

Michael Snyder PhD
October 21, 2016
Chair of Genetics and Director of the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Stanford University

Pilar Elena Mazzetti Soler, MD, MBA
April 8, 2016
General Director
Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Neurologicas

Beth Sullivan, PhD
February 27, 2015
Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University/Duke University Medical Center

Larry Croft, PhD
March 27, 2015
Chief Scientific Officer
Malaysian Genomics Resource Center

Tina Hambuch, PhD, FACMG
December 5, 2015
Director of Clinical Services
Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory

Marie Lee, PhD
February 13, 2015
Applications Specialist, Production Genomics

Thomas Morgan, MD
August 14, 2015
Head of Human Disease Genetics
Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research

Joanna Mountain, PhD
December 18, 2015
Senior Director of Research
23andMe, Inc.

Riki Ohira, PhD
September 11, 2015
Lead Associate
Booz Allen Hamilton

Michelle Penny, PhD
January 30, 2015
Senior Director, Head of Genetics and Bioinformatics, Tailored Therapeutics
Eli Lilly and Company

Robert Plenge, MD, PhD
January 16, 2015
Head, Genetics and Pharmacogenomics
Vice President
Merck Research Labs

Joyce Tung, PhD
May 8, 2015
Director of Research
23andMe, Inc.

Carolyn Cain, PhD
December 5, 2014
Medical Writer
MedLogix Communications

Melissa Dalgleish, PhD, OCT
February 15, 2017
Program Coordinator
Research Training Centre, Hospital for Sick Children

MedLogix Communications

Kathryn Vaillancourt
August 4, 2018
Graduate Student
Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Karen Imgrund Deak, PhD
June 5, 2015
Director, MS in Patent Law and Certificate in Patent Prosecution
University of Notre Dame

Oona Johnstone, PhD
July 31, 2015
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Andy Faucett, MS, LGC
July 2, 2015
Director of Policy and Education, Office of Chief Scientific Officer
Geisinger Health System

Marnie Gelbart, PhD
September 25, 2015
Director of Program Development and National Initiatives
Personal Genetics Education Project, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

Elizabeth Kong, PhD
July 17, 2015
Hall of Human Life, Manager
Museum of Science, Boston  

Chloe Poston, PhD
January 4, 2016
Policy and Communications Manager
Genetics Society of America

Beth Ruedi, PhD
November 20, 2015
Director of Education and Professional Development
Genetics Society of America

Derek Scholes, PhD
September 9, 2016
Director of Science Policy
The American Society of Human Genetics

D. Barry Starr, PhD
November 6, 2015
Director, Outreach Activities
Department of Genetics, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Yaniv Erlich, PhD
October 27, 2017
Chief Science Officer, MyHeritage
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

Evadnie Rampersaud, PhD, MSPH
August 28, 2015
Research Bioinformatics Scientist
St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

Eleftheria Zeggini, PhD
May 9, 2018
Group Leader
Wellcome Sanger Institute

Olivier Noel, PhD
February 15, 2018
Entrepreneur, DNASimple
MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine