About Us

The Genetic Counseling Club at the University of Pittsburgh aims to be a source of information and support to students interested in genetic counseling or considering a career in the field. Throughout the academic year, we discuss the basics of genetic counseling, how to apply to graduate school, and host numerous guest speakers from each of the major specialties within the overall field of genetic counseling. We also publish a newsletter each semester, Genetic Counseling: Undergrad Edition, and podcast interviews with various professionals. 

Meet our officers!

President: Carolyn Maxwell

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Year: Senior

Why do I want to become a genetic counselor? I want to be a caring and compassionate resource for patients struggling with assorted illnesses and disabilities. Beyond being a resource, I am passionate about genetic counselors as educators who can assist patients in making informed decisions about whether genetic testing is the right choice for them.

Vice President: Bailey Sasseville

Major: Biology and English Writing

Minor: Chemistry

Year: Senior

Why do I want to become a genetic counselor? Genetic counseling offers the perfect balance
between science and communication. You have to know principles of genetics, biology, and
various diseases thoroughly, as well as being able to explain it to patients with different levels
of understanding, so that you can assist patients in accepting and making decisions about their health.

Business Manager: Gretchen Murphy-Zug

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: History and Chemistry

Year: Junior

Why do I want to become a genetic counselor? I want to become a genetic counselor because I constantly learn new things and can combine biology and psychology.

Volunteer Coordinator: Tara Gingrich

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Year: Sophomore

Why do I want to become a genetic counselor? I have always been incredibly fascinated by the human genome and how our genes are responsible for us and fundamentally everything that occurs in our bodies. I am also very passionate about helping others, especially medically, and on a more personal note than other medical professions which genetic counseling will fulfill.

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