Student in Genetics/Genomics Certificate Program Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

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A student in Sarah Lawrence College’s Public Health Genetics/Genomics certificate program, Selvi Sriranganathan, has been awarded a public policy fellowship cosponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

The ASHG/NHGRI Genetics and Public Policy fellowship is awarded to genetics professionals with an advanced degree, who are early in their careers and interested in the development and implementation of genetics health and research policies at the national level. Sriranganathan will spend the next 16 months in Washington DC where she will spend time at the NIH; hold a staff position on Capitol Hill serving elected officials; and experience working with ASHG in the non-profit science advocacy sector.

The advancement of biotechnology continues to fuel new discoveries across scientific disciplines, including genetics and genomics. Attached to many of these advances, such as rapid and large-scale DNA genotyping, are policy questions that address a wide range of issues.

Sriranganathan earned her MS in Genetic Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006 and certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007. She is a member of the Licensure and Public Policy committee and the chair of the Communication, Marketing and Web Design committee for the Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors. She is also a member of Toastmasters International and an avid blogger. As a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Public Policy Committee, she contributes to the NSGC Public Policy Update blog.