Current Students

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Savannah Binion

B.A. in Psychology, College of Wooster, 2018

Work Position: Genetic Counselor Assistant at Magee Women’s Hospital

Favorite Class: Principles of Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Due to the pandemic, my apartment and the various parks around the city!

Favorite Memory, So Far: Having a socially distanced picnic at the park with my classmates!

Elizabeth Bombal

B.S. in Biology - Genetics and Biotech track, Minors in Psychology and Informatics, University of Iowa, 2017

Work Position: TBD

Favorite Class: Clinical Genetics Case Conference

Favorite Hangout: Due to the pandemic, Zoom hangouts and virtual game nights!

Favorite Memory, So Far: Working together on our entry for the annual Twitter Hallogene contest!

Phuc Do

B.S. in Genetics, University of California, Irvine, 2019

Work Position: TBD

Favorite Class: Ethical Issues in Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: a cozy couch having boba with people, Target, Arsenal Cider House, Pittsburgh parks

Favorite Memory, So Far: A short hike in Frick Park. And that time we hung out at the Allegheny Cemetery with the ducks. That's when I knew I'd bring my family to the cemetery for sightseeing.

Kristen D’Aquila

(B.S. in Secondary Education and Biology, University of Cincinnati, 2016)

Work Position: Genetic Counseling Assistant at TriHealth

Favorite Class: Risk Calculation for Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Hanging out with my classmates via Zoom

Favorite Memory, So Far: Zoom Christmas Party

Lauren Garcia

B.A. Biology, St. Mary’s University, Certificate in Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center, 2018

Work Position: Genetic Counselor Assistant UPMC Shadyside GI Lab

Favorite Class: Ethical Issues in Clinical and Public Health Genetics

Favorite Hangout: Mellon Park (with ice cream from Millie's!)

Favorite Memory, so far: Going apple picking at the Fall Festival.

Julia Knapo

B.A. in Biological Sciences, Minor in Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2017

Work Position: Genetic Counselor Assistant at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Favorite Class: Intervention Skills in Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Tina’s (such a cool atmosphere and they host great drag shows)

Favorite Memory, So Far: Getting to meet my classmates in person for the first time! This year has been a weird school experience but thank goodness we can get together every once in a while (socially distant of course). One of my favorite memories so far is when some of us in the first-year cohort got to hang out in-person a couple of times. So valuable given the current situation!

Aika Miikeda

B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, UCLA, 2018

Work Position: Genetic Counselor Assistant at UPMC Hereditary GI Tumor Clinic

Favorite Class: Principle of Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Quick Target/boba run

Favorite Memory, so far: One of my favorite memories so far is when some of us in the first-year cohort got to hang out in-person a couple of times. So valuable time given the current situation!

Maria Rhine

B.S. in Biological Sciences, Minors in Chemistry and Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, 2019

Work Position: Genetic Counseling Assistant at PreventionGenetics

Favorite Class: Principles of Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Lawrenceville has been great for grabbing food and meeting classmates for an outdoor picnic.

Favorite Memory, So Far: Meeting my classmates for the first time and showing them around Pitt's beautiful campus.

Bailey Sasseville

B.S. in Biological Sciences, B.A. in Writing, Minor in Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 2020

Work Position: Genetic Counseling Program Student Worker

Favorite Class: Clinical Genetics Case Conference

Favorite Hangout: The Cathedral of Learning Lawn

Favorite Memory, so far: Meeting my classmates for a socially distanced picnic in Allegheny Cemetery on a beautiful fall day!

Haley Soller

B.S. in Biology and Minor in Anthropology, University of Virginia, 2019

Work Position: Genetic Counselor Assistant UPMC Children’s Hospital

Favorite Class: Intervention Skills in Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Mellon Park - love a good picnic and a bottle of wine.

Favorite Memory, So Far: Socially distant happy hours in the park!

Frank Swann

B.S. in Psychology, Minor in French Language, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

Work Position: Graduate Research Assistant, COHRA2, Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics

Favorite Class: Risk Calculation in Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Frick Park, since getting lost in the woods is kind of my favorite activity

Favorite Memory, so far: Pymatuning; sitting at a campfire, beer in hand, engaged in spirited conversation with faculty and fellow students, against the backdrop of the setting sun, is when I felt most welcomed as a future colleague and valued member of the HUGEN family!

Natalie Tri

B.S. in Genetics, Minor in Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018

Work Position: Genetic Counseling Assistant at Allegheny Health Network Cancer Genetics Program

Favorite Class: Principles of Genetic Counseling

Favorite Hangout: Current pandemic times: a park with my classmates; Non-pandemic times: Grist House Brewery

Favorite Memory, so far: hanging out at Allegheny Cemetery with my classmates

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