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: Gretchen Murphy-Zug

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: History and Chemistry

Year: Senior

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.

Vice President: Tara Gingrich

Major: Biology

Minor: Chemistry

Year: Junior

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.

Business Manager: Gopika Rajanikanth

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Chemistry and Creative Writing

Year: Junior

Why do I want to become a genetic counselor? Genetics was always one of my favorite topics in school, but I didn’t know about genetic counseling as a career until I was a freshman in college. It’s a career that combines science, psychology, and being able to effectively communicate with and help others. All of these aspects led me to conclude that I want to become a genetic counselor.

Volunteer Coordinator: Megan Pauly

Major: Molecular Biology

Minor: Chemistry and Hindi

Year: Junior

Why do I want to become a genetic counselor? I’ve always had a love for science and genetics in particular, but never knew what I wanted to do with that passion for STEM until I discovered genetic counseling. I originally was planning to go to nursing school, but after shadowing a nurse realized that while I enjoy the thought of working in the health field, nursing wasn’t right for me. I discovered genetic counseling here at Pitt and the more I learn about it, the more I know that it’s what I want to do with my life. It’s a career path that creates a perfect balance between genetics as a science and interacting with/helping other people. I can’t wait to pursue a career in genetic counseling and see what the future has in store!

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