Students & Alumni

Our genetic counseling graduate students come from across the United States and around the world. They possess rigorous scientific preparation and a desire to facilitate patient-centered care in diverse settings, including social service agencies, corporations, and hospitals.

Their training at Sarah Lawrence equips them to work with a range of disorders and populations. In addition to helping families affected by rare genetic disorders, genetic counselors are involved with common complex disorders such as cardiovascular disease, psychiatric disease, dementias, and diabetes. Genetic counselors work in a variety of hospital settings with prenatal, adolescent, and adult populations; populations in rural and urban areas; and all socioeconomic classes. Opportunities for professional growth continue to increase.

Tamar Ailenberg MS '18

Tamar Ailenberg MS '18

Tamar is originally from Toronto, Canada, and first heard about the profession when a genetic counselor facilitated a blood-typing clinic at her high school. After learning about a field that perfectly blended Tamar’s passions of education, counseling, and science, she was hooked.

Carly Bennett MS '18

Carly Bennett MS '18

Carly grew up in Washington State in the Puget Sound region with her parents, sister, two cats, and a corgi. She attended Seattle University for her undergraduate studies.

Talya Boisjoli MS '18

Talya Boisjoli MS '18

Talya is from Montreal and completed her Bachelor of Science at McGill University, with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology and a minor in Kinesiology. After her completing her bachelor’s degree, she took a year to work in colorectal cancer genetics research and volunteer at a crisis hotline before attending Sarah Lawrence College.

Bri Dingmann MS '18

Bri Dingmann MS '18

Bri is from a small town in central Minnesota. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2014 with a minor in Hispanic Studies.

Lauren Facchini MS '18

Lauren Facchini MS '18

Lauren Facchini is from Seattle, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with her BS in Physiology. After graduating, Lauren combined her interests in science, teaching, and counseling to pursue genetic counseling.

Paige Hazelton MS '18

Paige Hazelton MS '18

Paige completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota with a major in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. At the University of Minnesota, Paige completed an undergraduate thesis studying the genetics of osteosarcoma.

Halie Holmes MS '18

Halie Holmes MS '18

Halie grew up in Wall Township, New Jersey. She graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ in 2015 with a BS in Chemical Biology and a minor in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a student researcher in a gene therapy laboratory under the advisement of Dr. Philip Leopold. 

Cathryn Koptiuch MS ‘15

Cathryn Koptiuch MS ‘15

Cathryn spent four years as a lab technician and clinical coordinator in a Neurology lab at the University of Vermont and then at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She's passionate about science, so genetic counseling is naturally a perfect fit for her, blending together her love of both science and people.

Liz Manderski MS '18

Liz Manderski MS '18

Liz joined Sarah Lawrence from New Jersey, where she attended Rutgers University and pursued a BA in Biomathematics with minors in Chemistry and Psychology.

Lauren Morse MS '18

Lauren Morse MS '18

Lauren studied nanotechnology engineering at the University of Waterloo before switching to a program that allowed her to specialize in genetics and counseling.

Erica Poole MS '18

Erica Poole MS '18

Erica is from a small town in southeastern Ohio. She earned a BS in Biology and certificates in both Deaf Studies and Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

Xueying Qiao MS '15

Xueying Qiao MS '15

Qiao's childhood dreams were to be a scientist, uncover secrets of human life, and help develop tools fighting against diseases. She gained an opportunity and joined a research laboratory in New York after completing her undergraduate study in Shanghai, China.

Rob Rigobello MS '17

Rob Rigobello MS '17

Rob Rigobello was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has been interested in genetics since taking a course on genetics in high school. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 2013, where he completed a BS in Molecular Genetics with two minors in Psychology and Ethics.

Samone Schneider MS '18

Samone Schneider MS '18

Samone grew up in Vermont and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology at Denison University in 2016.

Monisha Sebastin MS '18

Monisha Sebastin MS '18

Monisha is from Chennai, India. She pursued genetic engineering at SRM University in India. Because of her interest in research, she decided to pursue internships and participate in conferences that exposed her to various research fields. One conference enlightened her about genetic counseling.

Jessica Shiles MS '18

Jessica Shiles MS '18

Jessica is from Arizona and received her bachelor’s degree in Genetics, Cell, & Developmental Biology from Arizona State University in 2013.

Sarah Stewart MS '18

Sarah Stewart MS '18

Sarah grew up in Ottawa, ON and attended undergrad at McMaster University, where she obtained a double major in Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior in 2015.

Angelina Tryon MS '18

Angelina Tryon MS '18

Angelina is originally from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with a degree in Honours Biology. As an undergrad, Angelina shadowed at a pediatric genetics clinic and assisted with a newborn screening project.

Abigail Whiting MS '18

Abigail Whiting MS '18

Abigail is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She studied Molecular Genetics and Psychology as an undergraduate at Ohio State University.