Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences

 


Laura Bulmer

ldbulmer@uncg.edu

Laura is from Damascus, MD. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Sociology.

During her undergraduate career, Laura served as a Resident Assistant for two years and volunteered at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. She also conducted undergraduate research in a Drosophila genetics lab, where she studied proteins involved in meiotic chromosome segregation. To gain exposure to the field, Laura attended the Prospective Genetic Counselor Visitors’ Day at GeneDx in Gaithersburg, MD, and completed the genetic counseling online course offered by the University of South Carolina.

Following graduation, Laura worked as a lab technician in the same Drosophila genetics lab assisting with various projects, including a few CRISPR-Cas9 experiments. To prepare for graduate school applications, she shadowed genetic counselors from each specialty in the Knoxville area.

In her free time, Laura enjoys rock climbing, hiking, baking, and teaching herself how to cook. She is open to answering any questions you may have about genetic counseling, the application process, or UNCG.

 

Sarah Burzynski

skburzyn@uncg.edu

Sarah is from Fairport, NY. She graduated in 2018 from Emory University, in Atlanta, GA, with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Ethics. As an undergraduate, Sarah volunteered on a mental health crisis hotline, as well as serving as a TA to train incoming helpers. 

Additionally, Sarah spent time working with Emory Project READS, a Down syndrome tutoring and advocacy organization. She also was a counselor at Camp Kesem, a free camp for children impacted by a parent’s cancer. In addition, Sarah has traveled abroad in Honduras and Ghana to learn about different healthcare systems and values. Sarah captained Emory’s Ultimate Frisbee team and played for various teams in the Atlanta area. 

To prepare for graduate school, Sarah shadowed cancer genetic counselors and attended the first annual Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors Camp.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys cooking, watching football, playing ultimate Frisbee, and going to musicals. She would be more than happy to answer questions about UNCG or the application process in general.

 

Aimee Durrett

amdurrett@uncg.edu

Aimee is from Charlotte, NC, and graduated summa cum laude from NC State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Genetics and a minor in Psychology.

As an undergraduate, Aimee was a part of the Goodnight Scholars, a scholarship program for STEM students that focuses on professional development and bringing STEM education to communities throughout North Carolina. Through this program she served for three years as a mentor to incoming freshmen. She also served as a teaching assistant for GN 311: Principles of Genetics and studied Drosophila lifespan as an undergraduate research assistant in the Mackay laboratory.

In preparation for the genetic counseling program, Aimee shadowed prenatal, pediatric, and cancer genetic counselors throughout North Carolina. She also volunteered once a week as a resident volunteer at Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities and as a crisis line counselor at InterAct Family Safety and Empowerment, a center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Aimee is currently a LEND trainee with the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

In her free time, Aimee enjoys singing in choir, playing board games, learning to cook, and spending time with family and friends. Please feel free to contact her with questions about the application process, UNCG program, or LEND traineeship!

 

Haley Fischman

hdfischm@uncg.edu

Haley is from Grand Ledge, Michigan. She graduated in 2018 with honors from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a B.S. degree in Biology and minor in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate Haley was a varsity member of the Hope College track team and worked in a prominent role as part of the Hope Catholics student body.

She earned valuable laboratory experience under the guidance of Dr. Benjamin Kopek, studying the role of lipids in Flock House Virus replication. She first gained exposure to the field of genetic counseling during a lecture by Dr. Kopek.   

In 2017, Haley worked as an intern for Spectrum Health Medical Genetics in Grand Rapids, MI. She spent time taking patient histories, participating in journal club discussions with her supervisor and shadowing geneticists. Haley gained insight to psychosocial counseling during her work as a direct support professional at a crisis home. This work has largely impacted her desire to provide holistic care.

Haley has a strong desire to work in cancer genetics. In February of 2018 she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and completed treatment over the following five months. She hopes to bring her personal background with cancer to patients who are facing a new diagnosis.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in Colorado with her fiancé, cooking and reading. Please reach out to Haley with any questions about applying to genetic counseling programs, or specifically UNCG.

 

Haley Hill

hehill@uncg.edu

Haley is from Easthampton, Massachusetts. She attended Northeastern University in Boston and graduated magna cum laude in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology.

As an undergraduate, Haley completed a co-op as a Research Assistant for Syros Pharmaceuticals, studying the efficacy of in-house developed drugs on various cancer proteins. She also spent a semester in the Laboratory for Aging and Infertility Research at Northeastern, researching the effects of artificial aging on bovine oocytes.For two and a half years during her undergraduate studies and post-graduation, Haley was a Genetic Counseling Research Assistant in the Walsh Laboratory at Boston Children’s Hospital, which studies the genetics of rare brain malformations. Here, she recruited and enrolled patient families into research and analyzed whole exome sequencing data from research participants. During her employment, Haley shadowed genetic counselors in many different clinics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her experiences in the Walsh Laboratory and at Boston Children’s Hospital solidified her desire to become a genetic counselor.

Haley was actively involved in many clubs on campus, including the Beta Beta Beta Biological honor society, Order of Omega Greek honor society, and Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. She was also a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line.

In her free time, Haley loves to watch hockey and football, visit craft breweries, write articles for her beauty blog, and play with her adopted puppy, Jade. She is happy to speak with anyone who has questions about genetic counseling or the genetic counseling program at UNCG.

Christina Maziarz

cmmaziar@uncg.edu

Christina grew up in Spring City, Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and Cook Honors College in May 2017 with Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

As an undergraduate, Christina served in various leadership roles in Rho Tau Chi (PTX), a co-ed non-Greek service fraternity with a focus on improving the lives of veterans. She was a member of The Legend, IUP’s Marching Band, during which time she marched mellophone and served two seasons as a drum major. Christina also completed an undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Widzowski, exploring the effects of ranitidine on the development of fatty liver in a mouse model.

After undergrad Christina spent a year working as a genetic counseling intern in both prenatal and cancer settings in Savannah, GA. In addition to shadowing and assisting genetic counselors day-to-day, she attended the annual Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors educational conference in Atlanta, attended multi-disciplinary ethics meetings and tumor boards, and observed chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis procedures. She also volunteered as a hospital response advocate for victims of sexual and domestic abuse with the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire.

In her free time, Christina enjoys running, hiking, baking, lifting, and napping with her rescue puppy. If you have any questions about the genetic counseling profession, application process, or the UNCG program feel free to contact her.

 

Dan Serber

dwserber@uncg.edu

Dan grew up in St. Louis, MO and earned his B.S. in Biology at Truman State University in 2009.

After getting involved in the research lab early, as a high school student and undergraduate, Dan relocated to North Carolina to pursue a Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Under the direction of Dr. Terry Magnuson, Dan studied chromatin regulation required for the completion of the DNA repair processes involved in meiotic recombination during spermatogenesis. Following the completion of his Ph.D. research in 2016, Dan pursued postdoctoral work on a project involving the changes in epigenetic regulation in the development of clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

After spending several years in the research lab, Dan’s interest in science communication, teaching, and mentoring led him to seek opportunities away from the lab bench. After learning about the field of genetic counseling, Dan took the opportunity to interact with several of the genetic counselors at UNC. In order to prepare for the switch to genetic counseling, Dan took a position as a Lab Genetic Counseling Assistant at PreventionGenetics in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and two cats, cooking, consuming classic science fiction in written and movie form, playing the trombone, and keeping up with St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

 

Matt Skorski

mrskorsk@uncg.edu

Matt grew up in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from American University in Washington, DC in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry.

As an undergrad, Matt worked in two research labs. The first was focused on developing novel polymers that could be used in commercially available 3D printers and the second was using computational programs to model G protein-coupled receptors. Outside the lab Matt was a Supplemental Instruction Leader, helping support undergraduates in calculus and chemistry classes for three years. When he had time he enjoyed attending the campus Student Historical Society for outings, discussion panels, and trivia.

After graduation Matt worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for two years studying different strains of murine leukemia viruses as a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow. While there Matt learned about the field of genetic counseling and was able to shadow several genetic counselors at the NIH. In addition, he took various classes and volunteered with Crisis Text Line to better prepare for graduate school.

In his free time, Matt enjoys cooking, video games, reading fantasy novels, playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends, and when home going for long walks on the beach with his family’s two dogs. He is happy to answer any question about the UNCG program or genetic counseling in general.