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Meet the Students of Human Genetics

Students in the Department of Human Genetics are making an impact many areas with achievements in academics, research, service, and counseling. Here are a few profiles and some of the latest news about our students.

Human Genetics Student Profiles

HUGEN's Lauren Winter melds genetic counseling and dental genetics

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GC PROGRAM BLOG  -- Genetic counseling student Lauren Winter (HUGEN '20) shares her experiences investigating genetic, environmental, behavioral, and microbial contributions to the disproportionately high rate of dental cavities in children living in Appalachia. She loves the variety found in her job, from solving problems with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to interacting with the mothers and children participating in the study, "I cou... 

Meet Megan Hoenig (HUGEN '19), Dean's Scholar

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“Pitt checked every single box." The Plano, Texas, native and graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in genetics and biomedical sciences found it all and more at Pitt Public Health. "I chose Pitt Public Health because of the Genetic Counseling Program,” she says. “It’s the second oldest GC program in the country, but is always up to date with the latest in the field."   

Meet Amanda Everman (HUGEN '18), Dean's Scholar

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“I don’t think I chose public health. Public health chose me....The more I learned about genetics, the more I knew it was what I wanted to focus on for my career,” she says. The Philadelphia native and Penn State grad says the short distance from her hometown and in-state tuition are nice bonuses, and she’s enjoying her new city. “I was surprised at how different Pittsburgh is from Philadelphia."  

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Gopalakrishna finds breastmilk antibody protects infants from deadly disease 

Gopalakrishna finds breastmilk antibody protects infants from deadly disease

UPMC - Kathyayini Gopalakrishna (HUGEN '20) is first author on a study showing that an antibody in breastmilk is necessary to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis - an often deadly bacterial disease of the intestine - in preterm infants. The findings suggest that the antibody content of donor milk sho... (06/27/2019)
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HUGEN's Lauren Winter melds genetic counseling and dental genetics 

HUGEN's Lauren Winter melds genetic counseling and dental genetics

GC PROGRAM BLOG  -- Genetic counseling student Lauren Winter (HUGEN '20) shares her experiences investigating genetic, environmental, behavioral, and microbial contributions to the disproportionately high rate of dental cavities in children living in Appalachia. She loves the variety found in her j... (06/10/2019)
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2019 Celebration of Student Awards 

2019 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 27, 2019, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both ... (04/29/2019)
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Dean's Day 2019 HUGEN departmental award recipients 

Dean's Day 2019 HUGEN departmental award recipients

Zeynep Erdogen-Yildirim (MS '19) won in the MS category and Jacqueline Cohen (MPH '19) won in the MPH category. Teresa Capasso (PhD '19) won in the PhD category.  (04/19/2019)

D'Annibale receives travel award from the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders 

D'Annibale receives travel award from the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders

The SIMD Travel Award is given to trainees and graduate students in the field of metabolic disorders based on submitted abstracts.  HUGEN's Olivia D'Annibale is a recent recipient of the award. Her research shows an increase in protein and enzyme activity of isovaleryl-CoA dehydrogenase (IVD) which... (12/04/2018)
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Dean's Day 2018 HUGEN departmental award recipients 

Dean's Day 2018 HUGEN departmental award recipients

MEGAN HAGER (MS/MPH '18) won in the master's category and TERESA CAPASSO (PhD '21) received the doctoral prize.  (05/07/2018)
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Dean's Day 2018 Doctoral Category Winners 

Dean's Day 2018 Doctoral Category Winners

Congratulations to first place winner CELESTE SHELTON (HUGEN '19). Second place was awarded to CRISTIAN CHANDLER (BCHS '18) and third to CANDICE BIERNESSER (BCHS '18).  (05/04/2018)
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2018 Celebration of Student Awards 

2018 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 28, 2018, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both ... (04/30/2018)

C.C. and Clara Li Scholarship recipients  

C.C. and Clara Li Scholarship recipients

The C.C. and Clara Li Endowed Scholarship was established in recognition of the late Pitt Public Health faculty member, with support from his wife and two children. The award is offered to the top accepted applicants in each cohort of incoming HUGEN students. The inaugural award winners are NATASHA... (12/30/2017)

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing 

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work by biostatistics and human genetics professor GEORGE TSENG and biostatistics PhD student TIANZHOU MA proposes a full Bayesian hierarchical model for RNA-seq meta-analysis by modelling count data, integrating information across genes and across studies, and modelling pot... (08/10/2017)
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