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Introducing Haley, Our 2020 Lewis Summer Intern

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I am extremely excited to be the Lewis Summer Intern at the Norton and Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics! I am a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying integrative biology with a minor in chemistry. I plan to apply to genetic counseling graduate programs this upcoming fall to pursue a career as a genetic counselor. On campus, I serve as the President of the professional biology fraternity Beta Psi Omega, I belong to the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi, and I intern for the University of Illinois Counseling Center. 

I grew up in Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School. I am back home this summer working with the Sarnoff Center staff virtually. The Sarnoff Center provides many services for the community that I am eager to learn more about. I look forward to exploring the public health sector as well as the health risks affecting the Jewish community.

UIUC Hillel's Q&A with our Genetic Counselor

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The Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics’ Intern at UIUC Hillel, Valeria Buzinova, interviewed our genetic counselor Melissa Ramos on Zoom about her work. The recorded discussion offers a quick overview of Jewish genetic disorders and an in-depth question and answer session about genetic counseling. Watch the video of the May 2020 conversation:

Q&A With a Genetic Counselor from  Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics on  YouTube.

Have questions or want more information? Contact the Sarnoff Center at (312) 357-4718 or  JewishGenetics@juf.org. Have questions for our genetic counselor? Contact Melissa Ramos at  MelissaRamos@juf.org.


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