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Mercy Laurino

Mercy Laurino

Mercy is a certified and licensed genetic counselor. ​She received her MS degree in genetic counseling from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her PhD in Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington. She collaborated with the medical geneticists in the Philippines to successfully launch the master’s program in genetic counseling at the University of the Philippines Manila in 2011. Her professional commitment is to partner with local health care providers in developing countries to establish genetic counseling training programs.

Juliana Lee

Juliana Lee

Juliana is the pioneer genetic counselor in Malaysia. She began practice since 2004 and became the first genetic counselor from Asia to be accredited by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). She has active contribution in training and development of genetic counseling services in the region.

Sahil Kejriwal

Sahil Kejriwal

Sahil is from Mumbai, India. He completed his genetic counseling training at Stanford University in 2013 and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington, Seattle. His doctoral research involves the exploration of a new model to organize health and social services for people affected by beta-thalassemia in Jaipur, India. His career goals include improving genetic service delivery at the clinical and public health levels in India.

Peter Abad

Peter James Abad

Peter James Abad is a registered nurse and a pioneer genetic counselor in the Philippines. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the College of Nursing, University of the Philippines Manila and his Master’s degree in genetic counseling at the College of the Medicine in the same university. As a pioneer genetic counselor in the country, he is active in the integration of genetic counseling services in the different medical specialties particularly in the prenatal and oncology setting.

Yoyo Chu

Yoyo Chu

Yoyo received her Master of Genetic Counselling program and completed Part 1 Board Eligible Genetic Counsellor from Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) in 2013. She currently provides genetic counseling at Queen Mary Hospital in the fields of pediatrics, prenatal and preimplantation genetics diagnosis. She also teaches at the Master of Medical Science (Genetic Counseling) and Genetics module in Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health at Hong Kong University. Her various genetic counseling research projects focuses on autism, sudden arrhythmia death syndrome, and undiagnosed/rare diseases.

Breana Cham

Breana Cham

Breana holds a Master of Health Sciences (Genetic Counseling) from the University of Melbourne. She has been with the Genetics Service at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital as a Genetic Counsellor since 2007. Her clinical interests include paediatric, metabolic and cardiology genetics. As a genetic counsellor, Breana works closely with families to access genetic testing and appropriate health care, and helps families understand genetic conditions. Her current research interests include the genetic basis of rare diseases and genetic counselling processes in next generation sequencing technology.




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