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Genetic Counseling Class of 2015Our second-year students are just beginning their second rotations.  They are continuing to work on their research projects, reviewing the literature and focusing their topics down to a thesis question.

l to r: Mikaela Lum, Lee Ann McCoy, Nikki Salvatore

Mikaela Lum
(University of Hawaii at Manoa - Biology)

I am from Maui, Hawaii and I graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in biology.  Soon after learning about genetic counseling in my undergraduate genetics course I was able to shadow and visit most of the genetic counselors on Oahu.  All of the genetic counselors in Hawaii are located on Oahu and after learning this, I decided that my ultimate goal is to become the first genetic counselor on Maui.  This summer I completed an internship at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children with two prenatal genetic counselors.  Before coming to LIU Post I had never been to the East coast or experienced a full winter season! Being a part of this program is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I have experienced so much and have had a blast exploring NYC!  In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with my bunnies, traveling, and catching up on all of my TV shows.

Lee Ann McCoy
(University of Virginia - Biology)

Lee Ann McCoy received her BA in Biology from the University of Virginia. She is a Long Island native and happy to be studying for her master’s degree close to home.  In addition to her studies, she has worked as a research assistant at North Shore LIJ Health System on studies of lysosomal storage disorders.  Her areas of interest also include cancer genetic counseling and research on autism spectrum disorders.

Nicole "Nikki" Salvatore
(Rutgers University - Genetics)

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole Salvatore is currently entering her second year at LIU. She holds a BA in Genetics from Rutgers University and was part of the Rutgers Undergraduate Genetic Counseling Certificate Program. She also worked for Scarlet Listeners while at Rutgers, a peer counseling and crisis hotline that serviced Rutgers and all of New Jersey. While at LIU, she has observed at Good Samaritan Hospital and at the cytogenetics labs and Speech and Hearing Clinic at the North Shore-LIJ Hospital system. This summer she completed an internship at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ with cancer genetic counselors for her clinic work.


Genetic Counseling Class of 2016

We have just welcomed our latest group of first-year students. They are settling into their classes.  
Top row (l to r): Sara Malka Cohen, Emily Lundberg, Janet Malcolmson
Bottom row (l to r): Rachel Rabin, Emily Rosen, Jaime Tramontana


Sara Malka Cohen
(Yeshiva University - Biology)

I am Sara Malka Cohen from Stamford, CT. One of the unique things about me is that I go by my first and middle name - Sara Malka, but even more importantly I am the oldest of six girls. I graduated in May 2014, with a major in biology, from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University. As to be expected, I find science and psychology fascinating, but I enjoy learning about other topics too. In my free time and/or relaxation time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, painting, and being outside when it isn't too cold.

Emily Lundberg
(UCLA - Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics)

I just graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors in Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. During my undergraduate years, I enjoyed interning as a clinical research assistant for the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center. I invested in campus life through the UCLA Genetic Counseling Student Group, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.  I spent my various summers working in childcare at Mount Hermon Family Camp, studying abroad at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, volunteering with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), and interning at our family-owned, organic rice farm. Though I will miss the always-sunny skies of Southern California, I am excited to invest in the genetic counseling community at LIU in pursuit of a masters that will further my passion to help those impacted by genetic disease.

Janet Malcolmson
(University of Guelph - Molecular Biology and Genetics)

I am excited to become an international student at LIU, coming from Toronto, Canada. I was introduced to Genetic Counseling while studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and immediately knew that this was my career choice. In spring 2012, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics. Since then I have continued my education by pursuing an Ethics Certificate specializing in healthcare at Ryerson University. I enjoy staying active in my community by volunteering at a Distress Centre hotline, in a Genetics Clinic, with Girl Guides of Canada and at an Out of the Cold Program for the homeless. I have worked at the Ontario Science Centre for the past five years - both at their summer camps and in their other recreational programs. In my free time I enjoy running, hanging out with friends and drinking tea! I am thrilled to be part of the Genetic Counseling program and am looking forward to attending LIU.

Rachel Rabin
(Tulane University - Cellular and Molecular Biology, Public Health)

Rachel Rabin, originally from New Jersey, is a recent graduate of Tulane University with majors in cellular and molecular biology and public health. Rachel has been working in a research lab in the cellular and molecular biology department for the past year and a half. The ultimate goal of the lab is to develop novel mechanisms to combat retinal diseases and there she works on their genotyping experiments. Rachel has spent the semester interning with the Tulane Infant Team and Tulane Parenting Education Program Family Resource Center. There she worked with maltreated children to cope with any trauma they may have gone through. Going to school in New Orleans allowed Rachel the opportunity to learn about the unique culture the city has to offer. She is excited to start the genetic counseling program at LIU and to explore the future of the field.

Emily Rosen
(Binghampton University - Cellular and Molecular Biology)

A Long Island native, Emily Rosen graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University with a bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She is a member of the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society which prides itself on the motto “love of learning is the guide of life.” While in college, Emily enjoyed volunteering for a family planning agency, working at the community museum, and teaching science to the local first graders. In the winter of 2012, Emily was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to observe at a prenatal genetic counseling agency, which deepened her interest in the profession. She is very excited about pursuing her graduate studies at LIU's Genetic Counseling Program and to see what the future has in store for her.

Jaime Tramontana
(Rochester Institute of Technology - Biomedical Sciences)

Born and raised in Bohemia, NY, Jaime Tramontana graduated 24th in her high school class. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences. She chose three electives in her senior year, in which she saw her future. Having excelled in science and compassionate by nature, she fell in love with genetic counseling. Jaime involved herself in volunteering at a rehab setting, dealing with people with disabilities, the homeless, and end of life. She saw many things that touched her. Jaime is very honored to have been accepted at LIU and looks forward to pursuing her dream.



Genetic Counseling Class of 2014

Class of 2014

Top row (l to r): Lauren Giannetti, Alex Markese, Michelle Primiano
Bottom row (l to r): Jay Shaw, Elizabeth Strawderman Monast, Francesca Tubito 

Current Position
Lauren Giannetti Genetic Counselor, Gene Screen (Morristown, NJ)
Alexandria "Alex" Markase
Genetic Counselor, Recombine (New York, NY)
Michelle Primiano Genetic Counselor, New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)
Jessica "Jay" Shaw Genetic Counselor, New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)
Elizabeth Strawderman Monast Genetic Counselor, Breast Center at Charleston Area Medical Center (Charleston, WV)
Francesca Tubito Genetic Counselor, Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York, NY)

Genetic Counseling Class of 2013Class of 2013

Top row (l to r): Lauren Ely, Julie Handy, Katherine Fink
Bottom row (l to r): Jessica Miles, Sabrina Mobilio, Victoria Schoepke

Current Position
Lauren Ely Regional Medical Specialist, Myriad Genetics (North Atlantic Region - NJ/PA)
Katherine Fink Regional Medical Specialist, Myriad Genetics (Mid-Southern Region - AR/IL/MO)
Julie Handy Genetic Counselor, Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Center (Greater Philadelphia, PA)
Jessica Miles Genetic Counselor, Prenatal Wellness Center, Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
Sabrina Mobilio Genetic Counselor, North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset, NY)
Victoria Schoepke Genetic Counselor, Gettysburg Hospital (Gettysburg, PA)

Genetic Counseling Class of 2012Class of 2012

l to r: Virginia Sack, Calvin Chan, Caitlin Peters, Veena Ganesh, Amanda Brosseau

Alumnus Current Position
Amanda Brosseau
Director of Genetic Counseling Services, Fetal Care Center, Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, TX)
Calvin Chan Associate Product Manager, Myriad Genetics (Los Angeles, CA)
Veena Ganesh Genetic Counselor, St. Vincent's HealthCare (Jacksonville, FL)
Caitlin Peters Genetic Counselor, Hawai'i Community Genetics at Queen’s Medical Center (Honolulu, HI)
Virginia "Ginny" Sack Genetic Counselor, Albany Medical Center (Albany, NY)



Graduation 2013Graduation 2013

Graduation 2014Graduation 2014



LIU Post Genetic Counseling Alumni Reunion 2014 (NSGC)Alumni Reunion at NSGC AEC Conference 2014 (New Orleans)

Back row (l. to r.): Elizabeth Strawderman Monast ('14), Nancy Steinberg Warren (Past Interim Director), Jay Shaw ('14), Michaela Lum (2nd Year), Nikki Salvatore (2nd Year), Francesa Tubito ('14), Lauren Giannetti ('14), Amanda Brosseau ('12), LeeAnn McCoy (2nd Year), Veena Ganesh ('12), Caitlin Peters ('12)
Front row (l. to r.): Jill Fischer (Director), Ginny Sack ('12)