A Path to Pursuing a Profession in Women’s Health at Mount Sinai

December 5, 2019

Heather Reis recently posted an article on Mount Sinai Inside where she details her career and work at Mount Sinai. She talks about wanting to help with women’s health and finding a place to do that at Mount Sinai.

“One of the greatest pleasures working at Mount Sinai has been my opportunity to join the staff of the Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute. Working with the team at the Institute has been a rewarding experience. Being able to work with others who share a passion for women’s health, while working on expanding the research opportunities at Mount Sinai and beyond, keeps me engaged and focused on current trends in the women’s health field. The Institute seeks to address women’s health concerns across the lifespan by engaging in research, education, and networking activities that foster a positive community in search of a common goal.”

Read the full article here

Clinical Geneticists on the Patient Case at UConn Health

UConn Today recently posted an article about the rise of genetic medicine at UConn and the scientists who are spearheading its growth. The article, posted below, outlines the types of diseases being tackled today.

“Genetic medicine is growing at UConn Health.

On the frontlines are Dr. Jaclyn Beirne and Dr. Joseph Tucker. They are UConn Health’s two dedicated clinical medical geneticists in Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences.

Medical Genetics’ Beirne and Tucker work hand-in-hand with UConn Health’s extended team of 6 genetic counselors who cover the clinical areas of hereditary cancer, maternal fetal medicine, and for the MotherToBaby CT Program.

They accept patient referrals for patients of all ages in need of a genetics evaluation and can help facilitate appropriate genetic testing. They consult with and care for patients at UConn Health’s 11 South Road location for the diagnosis, treatment and management of pediatric or adult genetic disorders.

“Genetics touches every aspect of medicine from prenatal diagnosis to individualized pharmacogenomics and more,” shares Beirne “and our clinical genetics team is readily available to help care for patients across the UConn Health campus and beyond.”

Their Medical Genetics service accepts patient referrals for all types of genetics evaluations. Some of the most common reasons for referral include:

  • Birth defects
  • Atypical features
  • Unusual child development or growth
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Developmental delays/Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Personal/family history of a genetic condition
  • Neurofibromatosis and other neurocutaneous disorders
  • Skeletal dysplasias

Beirne and Tucker both completed their advanced specialty fellowship training in clinical medical genetics at UConn School of Medicine which has been home to a medical genetics fellowship for over 10 years.

Tucker currently serves as assistant professor in Genetics and Genome Sciences and Pediatrics. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and completed his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical School, and his residency training at UConn School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s.

Beirne is assistant professor of Genetics and Genome Sciences and graduated UConn with a bachelor degree in diagnostic genetic sciences. She received her medical degree from St. Georges Medical School and completed her family medicine residency training at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.”

Molecular Cytogenetics Publication

August 30, 2019

Congratulations to Kathleen Comerford, Katherine Amato and Brittany Grommisch on their recent publication! The article can be read here or by way of the link below.

https://molecularcytogenetics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13039-019-0424-6

Harmony Knudsen

August 21, 2019

Harmony Knudsen, a 2019 graduate of the DGS program at UConn, participated in a workshop examining what genomics research could mean for indigenous communities. Participants came from all over North America to discuss and assist with research. Read more about this event here: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/801986#image-4

Juli Gardner (’00)

February 14, 2019

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

Rebecca Martello Poole (’00)

June 28, 2017


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 Naturally@UConn ….“Much more research is needed,” Rebecca points out.
June 28, 2017

Lauren Danner (’97)

January 4, 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


Surprise! North Branford biology teacher chosen as Connecticut’s Teacher of the Year
http://www.kfvs12.com/story/33560966/north-branford-teacher-named-ct-2017-teacher-of-year

Talia Mitchell (’09)

April 17, 2015

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