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Rebecca Martello Poole talks about living with CF: “Much more research is needed”

For Rebecca Martello Poole, a 2000 graduate of the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, genetic diseases are not just a professional concern. Rebecca was diagnosed at the age of six months with cystic fibrosis (CF) and has suffered from the debilitating effects throughout her life.

Rebecca met her husband Ray Poole, also a 2000 UConn graduate, in mechanical and materials engineering, while at UConn, and the two moved from Connecticut to Wisconsin, then Kentucky, where they currently make their home.  Rebecca's amazing story is told in the article published at   ....“Much more research is needed,” Rebecca points out. To find out more about the research, drug development and treatments available for cystic fibrosis, please visit the  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

June 28, 2017


Carly Murphy (’04) from Cytogenetics to Counseling

I recently met up with Carly Murphy at a conference in Boston. Carly is a DGS graduate of 2004 who completed her internship at Genzyme Genetics in Santa Fe, NM.  Carly worked in cytogenetics for a number of years, earned a MS in HuCarly MurphyJudyB_Bostonman Genetics from Tulane and then a Master's of Science in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University. Carly is now employed as a certified genetic counselor at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary whose patient population is those with inherited retinal diseases.  The Eye and Ear Infirmary runs a 250 gene NGS panel in house along with research testing, in fact Caitlin Finn ('08) works on the technology and testing side! Ocular Genomics Institute - Carly Murphy's Page

March 5, 2017


Lauren Tanner (’97) is CT Teacher of the Year 2017

Lauren Tanner

College alumna Lauren Danner was named Connecticut Teacher of the Year for 2017. After working for ten years as a research scientist, she found her calling as a teacher. She now shares her passion for science with high school students in North Branford, Connecticut. Here is what she said in an interview.

What class was most useful to you? Once I began taking classes within my major during the last two years, I loved all the classes. The most useful experience, and something I still use to this day, are all the techniques that I learned in my cytogenetics lab courses. All of the experiments that we did in those courses and learning how to conduct specific lab techniques and procedures were invaluable, and I still use that knowledge in my classes now as a teacher with students as they conduct lab work. Prior to teaching, I was a scientist for ten years and those courses really built a great foundation for me.

January 4, 2017  Lauren's Full Interview 

Congratulations to Juli Gardner (’00) on her new job

Juli is now the assistant director of cytogenetics under the direction of Dr. Mary Tang at The University of Vermont Medical Center. 

Talia Mitchell (’09) Interview

Talia Mitchell 2009

What class was most useful to you? It was not just one class but more of a combination of DGS program-specific courses. These classes built a solid foundation that led into the clinical practicum.

In a cytogenetics lab class, I got to karyotype chromosomes. I remember looking through a microscope at my own chromosome and thinking, “This is really cool.”

By Patsy Evans April 17, 2015  Talia's full interview