Meet the Experts
Center for Jewish Genetics
Aishwarya Arjunan is a certified genetic counselor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Center for Jewish Genetics. She received her BS from Case Western Reserve University in Biology and her MS in Genetic Counseling and MPH in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh. For the hospital, Aishwarya serves as a pediatrics genetic counselor and counsels patients and their families on a variety of genetic disorders. For the Center, Aishwarya educates the community (including health professionals, religious leaders, and the lay public) regarding Jewish genetic disorders, hereditary cancers and carrier testing, and counsels individuals and couples throughout the U.S, and internationally. She also helps coordinate the Center’s screening programs and pre-and post-screening counseling program. Prior to working at the Center and Lurie Children's, Aishwarya was responsible for sickle cell trait carrier screening in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Steven Bleyl MD, Ph.D
Associate Professor University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics
Since completing an M.D./Ph.D focused on the genetics of human congenital heart defects, Dr. Bleyl maintains an active role in the study of the genetic causes of these birth defects, which affect as many as 1 in 100 live born children and weigh heavily on society both in their effect on society and in their impact on patients and families. Currently, Dr. Bleyl’s research uses genetic mapping in extended Utah families and next-generation sequencing techniques to identify new genetic risk factors for congenital heart defects and other birth defects. His clinical practice mirrors his research, with a focus on heart defects, but also with specialization in hearing loss.
Vice President of Strategic Development, Genetic Alliance
For over 8 years, Natasha Bonhomme has led initiatives in the healthcare field. Since joining Genetic Alliance in 2006, she has worked to improve the state of newborn screening. For the past 4 years, she has overseen maternal and child health initiatives for the organization, with a particular focus on bringing the families perspective into policy setting around newborn screening, and maternal and child health overall. As vice president at Genetic Alliance, she launched the nation’s center on newborn screening education, Baby's First Test. As director of Baby's First Test, Natasha has testified before the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee's Subcommittee on Children and Families on the importance of public education for newborn screening.
Summer Lee Cox, MPH
Genetics Program Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority
Summer Lee Cox is the Coordinator of the Oregon Genetics Program, with in the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority. Ms. Cox earned her BA in Molecular Biology from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and her Master of Public Health from the College of Urban & Public Affairs in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Prior to joining the Oregon Genetics Program, Ms. Cox was the lab manager of the Collaborative Genetic Resources Unit of the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University’s West Campus. As the Oregon Genetic Program Coordinator, Ms. Cox oversees program activities which currently focus on policy, education, and surveillance of heritable cancers.
Associate Professor of Bioethics & Humanities, University of Washington
Dr. Fullerton received a D.Phil. in Human Population Genetics from the University of Oxford and later re-trained in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of genetic research with a fellowship from the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute. Her work explores researcher and participant perspectives on data-sharing, secondary use, and result return in the context of contemporary genomic research. She holds adjunct positions in the UW Departments of Genome Sciences and Epidemiology, and is an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Amy Gaviglio, M.S., CGC
Genetic Counselor and Short Term Follow-Up Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health
Amy, a 2007 graduate from the Genetic Counseling Training Program at the University of Michigan, has been employed by the Minnesota Department of Health, Newborn Screening Program for the past 6 years. In her current position, Amy oversees follow-up of newborn screening results, aids in statewide educational efforts on newborn screening and genetics, and works on genetics-related policy in the state. She holds special interests in public health genetics and genomics as well as ELSI issues in biobanking. Amy is the current co-Chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselor’s Public Health Special Interest Group.
Tina Hambuch received her bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside in 1993, and her doctorate from UC Berkeley in 2000, where she focused on genetic analyses of genes that control the immune system. Tina joined Illumina in 2008, where she combined her experience in genetics, genomics and clinical diagnostics to contribute to the development, CLIA-certification, and CAP-accreditation of Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory (ICSL). In 2010, she launched a California-certified Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist training program, in which she serves as the Education Coordinator and Director. In addition, she is currently active in the development and validation of testing, clinical interpretation and reporting, and development of clinical tools for physician support and education.
Muin J. Khoury MD, Ph.D
Dr. Khoury is the Director of the CDC Office of Public Health Genomics. The Office was formed in 1997 to evaluate how advances in human genomics can be used responsibly and effectively to improve health and prevent disease across the lifespan. Dr. Khoury joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 1980 in the Birth Defects and Genetic Diseases Branch, and as a medical epidemiologist in 1987. In 1990, he became Deputy Chief of the same Branch. In addition to his CDC role, since 2011, he serves as the Acting Associate Director for the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the NCI. He received his B.S. from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and his medical degree and pediatrics training from the same institution. He received a Ph.D. in Genetic Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. He is board certified in Medical Genetics.
Howard Levy MD, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Howard received his MD and PhD in Human Genetics from University of Maryland, completed a fellowship in Medical Genetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. He specializes in primary care of adults with genetic conditions, genetic risk assessment for common complex diseases, pharmacogenetics and integration of genetics into primary care medicine. He is also interested in use of the electronic health record to improve patient engagement, facilitate collection of family history and genetic testing information and enhance overall quality of care.
Department Chair, Associate Professor- Iona College
As Department Chair and Associate Professor, Dr. Moore has taught across the curriculum at Iona College. She developed and taught the course on Human Diversity in Social Work Practice, revised and taught Social Science Research, Introduction to Social Work, Social Work Processes, Field Instruction in Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and developed and taught the Emerging Issues in Aging. Dr. Moore has also worked 19 years in the field of community mental health and held the positions of out-reach worker, clinical social worker, Coordinator of the Onsite School Mental Health Program, and served as Acting Director of the Hillside Eastern Queens Mental Health Clinic, an out-patient program of the Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center.
Director of Client Services, Claritas Genomics
Julie is a board certified, licensed genetic counselor. Following ten years in clinical genetics practice, she recognized the power of next generation sequencing technologies when combined with clinical expertise to provide valuable information to patients and families. As the Director of Clinical Client Services at Claritas Genomics, Julie is involved in new diagnostic test development, clinical interpretation and reporting, provider support and education, utilization management, and enhancement of the electronic health record to accommodate richer data collection and deposition.