Ravijot Kaur Aujla (Spring 2022 - ) graduated from the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Punjab-India, with a Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery. During this time, she became interested in precision medicine, completed a 1-year clinical rotation internship, and co-authored a review article on the role of Inotuzumab Ozogamicin in hematologic malignancies. With her pursuit to better understand the human genome and genetics in the development of therapeutics, she applied to the Professional Science Masters program in Health Care Genetics. Ravi has been involved with various community services including Vitiligo awareness, AIDS awareness marathon run, and polio eradication program. She likes to dance and cook in her leisure time and loves staying close to nature.
Michele Hazzam (Spring 2022 - ) graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomolecular Science. She works full-time as an ASCP-licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist at UConn Health and is a dog mom to three puppies. Michele developed an interest in healthcare genetics from her educational background and her current position in the clinical laboratory. She is fascinated by clinical science and is excited to correlate cases seen in the clinical laboratory with her graduate studies in the Health Care Genetics PSM program. Michele's favorite quote, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” (Albert Einstein), sums up life as a scientist and her desire to be a lifelong student.
Kristi Herlth (Fall 2021 - ) graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with her Bachelor's in Biochemistry. She was lucky enough to get recruited in May 2020 to work at The Jackson Laboratory in their CLIA Lab as a Clinical Accessioning Technician, helping with the testing of COVID-19 samples. After 3 months, Kristi was promoted to the role of Genomic Technologist. She transitioned to an oncology specialty, where she performs bench testing duties for clinical sample processing. Her responsibilities include sample accessioning, library preparation for hybrid capture panels, library prep for whole transcriptome RNAseq, and utilization of Illumina NextSeqs and NovaSeq. Kristi also processes varying levels of research/development projects such as PDX STR analysis, and the development of future clinical assays like methylation arrays. Outside of work, Kristi loves going on hikes and visiting her parents in Florida! She learned about this program through her amazing co-workers and supervisors from The Jackson Laboratory. She can’t wait to see where this program takes her!
Kimberly Toth (Fall 2021 - ) graduated from UConn in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences. During this time, she completed an internship at UConn Health Center under Dr. Jessica Costa in Dr. Andrew Arnold’s lab, where they used FISH to examine the copy number rearrangements of Cyclin D1 in mouse parathyroid adenomas. She also took a lot of coursework focusing on cytogenetic lab techniques. Most recently, she has completed the graduate certificate in Clinical Genetics and Genomics from UConn which served as her motivation to pursue a master’s degree in Health Care Genetics. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and has a small side business of walking dogs through the Rover app. Professionally she is considering a career in academia or the possibility of pursuing a medical degree with a focus in reproductive medicine.
Kimberly Joseph (Fall 2021 - ) is leaning into learning after raising four children and mastering volunteerism. A recent graduate of the Clinical Genetics and Genomics Program at UConn, she is excited to now be a part of the PSM Health Care Genetics cohort. Kim has twenty years of community service in the international exchange student arena and is a certified personal trainer for special populations. Her former employment includes Ernst & Young (audit), Progressive Insurance (internal control), Apple Inc. (genius), Cuyahoga Community College (adjunct faculty), and Scottstbridge Trading Company (owner). She is a Board member of the In Moton Parkinson’s Clinic and holds the Treasurer position for the Orange City School PTA. Kim's favorite quote is "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and share in friendship."
Melissa Soucy (Spring 2019 - ). A Diagnostic Genetic Sciences program graduate of UConn, Melissa is ASCP certified in Diagnostic Molecular Sciences and has been working at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT as Clinical Genomics Technologist II performing molecular and NGS testing using the Actionseq and Fusionseq assays. Prior to starting at Jackson Labs, Melissa performed BCR/ABL testing using the Asuragen qRT-BCR/ABL assay and fragment analysis at BioReference Labs. Melissa Soucy joined the Health Care Genetics program on a part-time basis to earn her master's degree, hone her professional development skills, and keep on point with the rapidly changing and exciting fields of genetics and diagnostics. Email Melissa