William is an MSGE student interested in the social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics in the clinical setting.
- Social and legal implications surrounding genomic diagnostics
M. Ragan Hart, holds an MS in Genetic Epidemiology from UW, where she investigated gene-environment interactions in patients using warfarin. Currently working in Medical Genetics, she recognizes a myriad of factors exist in the implementation of clinical sequencing into healthcare, and thus, her research interests lie at the intersection of health economics, clinical validation, and health policy.
- The intersection of health economics, clinical validation, and health policy
Prior to joining the UW community, Thyvu worked as a clinical laboratory scientist diagnosing genetic disorders. Drawing upon her clinical background and public health interests, she is pursuing an MPH in PHG with the goal of expanding her role in health promotion beyond the laboratory setting to more direct community interventions.
- Health promotion beyond the laboratory setting
Sarah Catherine Nelson, PhD candidate, is an alumna of the PHG MPH program and works as a Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics’ Genetic Analysis Center. Her dissertation examines how customers of direct-to-consumer genetic testing are using their uninterpreted genetic data. Sarah writes about her dissertation work and related topics on her blog at myopenreadingframe.com(link is external).
- User interpretation of direct-to-consumer genetic testing
Elizabeth Oestreich, MPH student, is interested in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) around genetics. She completed her BS in Biology at UW in 2016. She is currently serving as a student representative for the department, a GPSS senator, a member of the Deans Advisory Committee for Students (DACS), and a member of the Services and Activity Fee (SAF) committee. In her free time she is a mother of 2 and a wife.
- Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) around genetics
Alice B. Popejoy, PhD candidate, has a Certificate in Statistical Genetics from the UW. Her research focuses on the evolutionary genetics of photoreceptors in human populations, as well as the under-representation of non-European ancestral groups in genetics research. Alice left a career in science policy in DC to pursue a PhD but she remains active in public policy and governance at UW. Alice has served as an Executive Senator and Chair of the Science & Policy Committee of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) as well as Graduate Student Body President and Chair of the Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS). She is most passionate about modeling ethical scientific research that takes societal implications into consideration, and hopes to continue her career in academic research.
- Evolutionary genetics of photoreceptors
- Under-representation of non-European ancestral groups in genetics research
- modeling ethical scientific research that takes societal implications into consideration
Kate West's dissertation draws from a virtue and feminist ethics framework in a mixed methods study of trustworthy research practices within partnerships between communities and university-based researchers, including specific considerations for genomics. For more information about her work, please visit Kate’s website at: www.katemwest.com
- Trustworthy research practices within partnerships between communities and university-based researchers