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 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 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!