Class of 2023
Alaina is from Phoenixville, PA, and received a bachelor’s degree in both biology and psychology from Loyola University Maryland where she was a four-year member of the varsity women's volleyball team. During college, Alaina was active in leadership, supporting mental health services on her campus, and peer tutoring. She has worked as a crisis text line counselor and has experience as a clinical research assistant with a focus in cancer.
Sara Acosta Villarreal
Sara is originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and now lives in Madison, WI. She received a bachelor’s degree in genetics and genomics from the University of Wisconsin. During college, she was a Global Health Field Experience Scholar, traveling to both Ghana and Costa Rica. She has worked as a genetic counseling assistant in general and metabolic genetics at a large academic medical center, and as a bilingual responder on a crisis helpline. Sara is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a certified Spanish interpreter. She is also conversant in French.
Nanzeeba was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Queens, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in public health from SUNY Buffalo. During college, she studied abroad in Kingston, Jamaica, and served as a sexual assault and violence prevention counselor and a college access specialist for first-generation students. Nanzeeba has been a research assistant in gene regulation and behavioral neuroimaging. She is bilingual in English and Bengali, and proficient in Hindi and Urdu.
Claudia is from Landing, NJ, and received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in neuroscience from Ramapo College. During college, she completed a biomedical sciences lab program in Bristol, UK, and was an honors research student. Claudia has worked as a clinical lab assistant and has experience both as a counselor with Crisis Text Line, and as a science and math tutor and youth mentor in her community. She is bilingual in English and Polish.
Amanda grew up in California and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in environmental studies from Swarthmore College. During college, she was a four-year member of the ultimate frisbee team and studied abroad in Queensland, Australia, conducting field research on rainforest, reef, and cultural ecology. Amanda has worked as a research coordinator for Parkinson disease studies and co-facilitator of a Parkinson care partner support group.
Carlos Dominguez Gonzalez, MMS
Carlos is from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wofford College and a master's in management studies from Duke University. During college, he was a four-year member and captain of the men’s varsity soccer team. Carlos has worked as a crisis counselor and has research experience in cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, as well as conservation and ecotourism in Costa Rica, Peru, and Colombia. Carlos is bilingual in English and Spanish, and conversant in German.
Andrew grew up in Michigan and now lives in Silver Spring, MD. He received a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology with a minor in computer science from Grand Valley State University. During college, Andrew worked as an undergraduate researcher in gene reguluation and was active in leadership on his campus. Before beginning graduate school, he worked as a postgraduate research fellow at the US FDA and a crisis counselor for a suicide prevention and crisis hotline in his community.
Anna is from Davis, CA, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Scripps College. During college, she was the editor-in-chief of her college magazine and worked as an undergraduate research assistant in marine science. Anna was active on her college campus as a peer advocate for survivors of sexual assault, pre-health mentor, and sponsor for Asian American students. She has also volunteered extensively in her community with the local migrant center and a meals and housing project. Anna is proficient in Mandarin and conversant in Spanish.
Courtney is from Everett, MA, and received a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as a genetic counseling assistant in genomic medicine at a large academic medical center. Courtney has been active in her community, mentoring high school students and youth with disabilities. She has extensive experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant and in research, working as a lab assistant, fellow, and research coordinator. Courtney is the founder of the Genetic Counseling Assistant Association.
Emma grew up in California and now lives in New York, NY. She received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavior from Columbia University. During college, she was Vice President of Medical Brigades, working at a Harlem-based community clinic and leading a medical mission trip to Nicaragua. Emma founded a breast cancer awareness program in Bauchi State, Nigeria and worked on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Health. She has also been active with Camp Kesem. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as an 8th grade biology teacher and advisor. Emma is conversant in Spanish.
Cara is from Albany, NY, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Lawrence University where she was a four-year member and captain of the women’s varsity basketball team. Cara has worked as a cultural and language assistant in Spain, a research assistant, and a peer tutor. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as an associate biotech production specialist at a pharmaceutical company, as well as interning at Guide Genetics and working with the local crime victim and sexual violence center. Cara is proficient in Spanish.
Samson is from Milton, MA and received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from Boston University where he was a four-year member of the rugby football club. During college, Samson studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand, providing testing and counseling for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. He has research experience in gene regulation and before beginning graduate school worked as a crisis text line counselor, a foster care case reviewer, and unit leader with Camp Kesem. Samson is proficient in Spanish, Cantonese, and Taishanese.