International Faculty

Diane Baker

  • A founding member & Director of the genetic counseling program at the University of Michigan, serving as its director.
  • Currently working with Sarah Lawrence College to help them envision and build a genomics institute to meet biotechnology workforce needs.
  • Graduate of Sarah Lawrence’s Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics in New York
  • Medical & Human Genetics
Career Highlights:  
  • A pioneer and leader in the field of genetic counseling.
  • Recipient of the Natalie Weissberger Paul Achievement award from the NSGC.
  • The University of Michigan established the Diane Baker Alumni Lecture and Award in Genetic Counseling in honor of her contributions to the profession
  • Served on the boards of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American Board of Medical Genetics, the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and the American Society of Human Genetics.

Prof. Dhavendra Kumar, MBBS, MD, DSc

  • David Weatherall Chair of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
  • Director of the Centre for Drug Safety Sciences.
  • Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised medicine.
  • Alumnus (MBBS, 1968 batch), postgraduate (MD, 1977) and Honorary Doctorate (DSc, 2015) of the King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, UP, India.
  • Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (FRCPIre & FRCP London) and Paediatric-Child Health (FRCPCH).
  • Genetic diseases of children, inherited conditions of heart and blood vessels, genomic medicine and genomic applications in global healthcare.
Career Highlights:
  • He is passionate about raising awareness and promoting importance of genomic medicine and genomic applications in global healthcare.
  • He is an international authority in cardiovascular genomic medicine (CVGM) and leads the Global Network comprising of leading CVGM Centres.

Sir Munir Pirmohamed, Phd

  • David Weatherall Chair of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
  • Director of the Centre for Drug Safety Sciences.
  • Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised medicine.
  • PhD in Pharmacology.
  • His research is data-centred, and focuses on personalised medicine, genomics, clinical pharmacology and drug safety.
Career Highlights:
  • He has various national/international publications in peer reviewed journals (more than 50) AND two book chapters to his credits.

Alison McEwen

Head of Genetic Counseling at University of Technology Sydney.

She is the current president of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia.

She earlier served as Senior Genetic Counselor in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Yoon Sook Yee, FHGSA

  • Consultant Genetic Counsellor, Head of Genetic Counselling Unit, Cancer Research Malaysia.
  • Visiting Genetic Counsellor (University Malaya Medical Centre, Beacon Hospital, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur).
  • BA, UK
  • MA, UK.
  • Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling, Australia
  • Hereditary cancers in Malaysia
  • An interest in the psychosocial aspects of genetic testing and counselling in Malaysia
Career Highlights:
  • Over 15 years of experience in Genetic Counselling in Cancer Research Programme.
  • one of the two certified Genetic Counsellors in Malaysia and is accredited by the Human Genetics Society Australasia (FHGSA)
  • She was the Head of the Familial Cancer and Genetic Counselling Programme in Cancer Research Malaysia and the Principal Investigator for a nationwide study on the Mainstreaming of Genetic Counselling and Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer Patients in Malaysia (MaGiC) study.
  • Member of Genetic Counselling Society Malaysia (GCSM), Professional Society of Genetic Counsellors Asia (PSGCA), Human Genetics Society Australasia (HGSA) and International Meeting of Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancers(IMPAHC).

Dr. Suma Shankar

MBBS; PhD, Molecular Biology (University of Iowa)

Associate Professor, Division of Genomic Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics & Ophthalmology at University of California, Davis.

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MS, Genetic & Genomic Counseling (University of Glasgow)

Pre-Registration Genetic Counsellor in General, Cancer and Prenatal Genetics with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

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Jennifer Farmer

Jennifer Farmer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance.

Jennifer has a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling and prior to joining FARA she worked at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Lori Dean

MS (Michigan Genetic Counseling Program), CGC

Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Genetic Counseling, College of Health Professions and Program Manager Heartland Genetics Services Collaborative University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Juliana Mei-Har Lee

FHGSA (Genetic Counselling), RegGC HGSA


  • Genetic Counselling Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Genetic Counselling Society Malaysia, Subang Jaya, Malaysia
  • Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia, Singapore
  • Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics, Singapore

Ms Juliana Lee is the first genetic counsellor from Malaysia to be certified by the Human Genetic Society of Australasia (HGSA). She is a registered genetic counsellor with HGSA and a registered counselor with the Board of Counsellors Malaysia. She obtained her BSc. (Hons.) in Genetics from the National University of Malaysia in 2002, completed the Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling at the University of Melbourne in 2003 and graduated with Master of Counselling from University of Malaya in 2009. She began practice at the University Malaya Medical Centre in 2004 till 2014 before moving to private practice. Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions to the development of the genetic counselling profession especially in Malaysia and aims to improve access to genetic counselling services among the Asian community. She is also the founding member of the Malaysian Rare Disorders Society (MRDS), President of the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia (PSGCA), Secretary of the Genetic Counselling Society Malaysia (GCSM) and a visiting lecturer in the Master of Medical Science (Genetic Counselling) programme in the National University of Malaysia.

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Tanya Eble, M.S., CGC

  • Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine
  • A member of the Executive Committee of the Genetic Counseling master’s degree program and a course director and rotation coordinator for the program
  • BS from Pennsylvania State University
  • MS in genetic counseling from University of Pittsburgh
  • Genetic counseling to the patients with personal and family history of cancer
  • Adult genetic counseling
  • Medical ethics

Valerie Watiker

  • Associate Professor
  • UMMC Feb 2019 - Present
  • Telehealth Geneticist
  • 21+ Yrs Experience
  • Her passion is prenatal/maternal fetal genetics. Before starting her work at UMMC, she was clinical Chief of Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai and also worked on many advisory committees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Providence-Saint J
  • Education:
  • Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Anesthesiology Dept., 2006
  • Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, General Surgery, 2005
  • Post Doctorate: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Anesthesiology Dept., 2001
  • Medical School: University of California (Irvine) College of Medicine, 2000
  • Sarah Lawrence College., MS, Genetic Counseling1991
  • Albion College, BA, Sciences1988
  • Specialty Certification Licensure
  • Licensure: MS State Medical License, State of MS Certification,
  • Board Certification, American Board of Medical Genetics & Genomics

Julie Gold, M.S., CGC

  • Genetic Counselor and Co-Director of the Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount
  • Sinai’s Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences
  • BS in Human Development from Cornell University
  • MS in Genetic Counseling from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Cancer Genetic Counseling

Dr. Mohnish Suri

Trained in Medicine and Paediatrics at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, India. Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Neurology and Genetics at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi from 1992-1994. Trained in Clinical Genetics at Kennedy-Galton Centre, Harrow, UK. Appointed Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Nottingham City Hospital in April 1999. Elected to FRCP of Royal Colleges of Physicians in July 2003. Main subspecialty interests include Clinical Dysmorphology, Skeletal Dysplasias, Paediatric Ataxia-Telangiectasia, Genodermatoses, Primary Lymphoedemas and Lymphovascular Malformations. I have been running the Nottingham Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic since July 2000 and am the Clinical Lead for the National Paediatric Ataxia-Telangiectasia Clinic. Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham. Associate Editor of Journal of Medical Genetics and European Journal of Medical Genetics.

Niecy Grace Ganza

Niecy Grace Ganza-Bautista is a genetic counselor and clinical researcher at Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research in the Philippines since 2017. She sees patients with neurological movement disorders, particularly X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism. She works closely with scientists, researchers and clinicians from Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism to advance research and clinical care for people with this neurodegenerative disorder.

Ms. Ganza-Bautista received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Silliman University, and Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling degree from the University of the Philippines - Manila.


  • Genetic Counselor cum Research Manager, Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines
  • Member, Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Member, Philippine Society of Genetic Counselors Inc.

Dr Guy Li-Jia Chen

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Head, Graduate Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Sandra E. Staffieri

Retinoblastoma Care Co-Ordinator; Clinical Research Co-ordinator; and Senior Clinical Orthoptist
Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria Australia

Research Fellow, Clinical Genetics Unit, Centre for Eye Research Australia

Hon. Fellow, Department of Surgery, Ophthalmology, University of Melbourne

Hon. Clinical Associate,  Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne

Ms Lisa Kearns

Research Genetic Counsellor and Orthoptist, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Melbourne Australia

Senior Orthoptist, Ocular Diagnostic Clinic and Ocular Genetics Clinic Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, East Melbourne, Australia

Takeshi Iwata

Director of Molecular and Cellular Biology Division, National Institute of Sensory Organs, National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan

Head of Japan Eye Genetics Consortium

President of Global Eye Genetics Consortium

Meeting Liaison of International Society for Eye Research

Aime R. Agather

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
National Eye Institute

Participate and counsel patients seen in the Ophthalmic Genetics clinic

Coordinate the X-linked Juvenile Retinoschisis natural history protocol

Cardiogenetics, Washington, D.C.
Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Developed Medstar’s first cardiogenetics clinic across multiple cardiovascular specialties and Medstar hospitals and clinic in the DC metro area.

Led and developed Medstar’s telegenetic counseling service to bring cardiogenetic counseling to individuals in Baltimore, MD

Counseling patients for arrhythmias, cardiomyopathies and aortic syndromes. Educating physicians in appropriate testing strategies and limitations of genetic testing.

Oncology, Washington, D.C.
Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Alice Coulson, Genetic Counselor in Cancer Genetics (GCRB and HCPC registered)

  • Genetic Counselor (Cancer Genetics) at Guy’s Hospital, London, United Kingdom
  • BS in Human Biology from Loughborough University
  • MS in Genomic Counselling from The University of Manchester
  • Cancer Genetic Counseling.
  • Genetics education and training, regularly delivering teaching sessions for healthcare professionals and developing an online education resource called Nucleus.

Lobna Abdelsalam Ghozy

Head of Genetics Department, Queens Medical Center, Honululu

Co-founder, Medical director, Codex genetics Center of Excellence

Exclusive partner, Egypt, Perkin ElmerGenomics PVT, USA

Jane Houldsworth, Ph.D

  • Vice-Chair, Division of Molecular Pathology Division at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
  • Assistant Director of the Molecular Genetics Pathology Fellowship Program and reviewer and chairman on NIH study sections.
  • BS in Biochemistry from The University of Queensland
  • Ph.D in Biochemistry from The University of Queensland
  • Research & Development in Cancer Genomics