Program Administration & Faculty
Medical Director: Hong Li, MD, PhD
||Dr. Li is an ACMG board certified clinical and medical biochemical geneticist. She received her Medical Degree in China, her PhD in Japan, completed a residency in pediatrics and medical genetics through Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in 2012, and a medical biochemical genetics fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2013. Dr. Li specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of inherited metabolic disorders, lysosomal storage diseases, and genetic disorders involving dysmorphic features and intellectual disability. Dr. Li joined the Emory Genetic Counseling Training Program in 2015 to become the new medical director. Dr. Li is primary course instructor for Medical Genetics I & II (HGC 745a & b).|
Lead Instructional Faculty
Kathryn Garber, PhD - Associate Professor, Director of Education, Emory Department of Human Genetics
Dr. Garber earned her PhD from Harvard Medical School in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Garber is integrally involved in genetics education at Emory University School of Medicine, where she chaired the committee that developed the new Genetics and Evolution module for the first year medical curriculum and serve as course director for the class. She directs and teaches the Human Genetics Module for the physician assistant training program, and coordinates the Human Disease Genetics training grant for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the department. She is the past Deputy Editor of The American Journal of Human Genetics. Dr. Garber is the primary instructor for Human Genetics (HGC 715) and co-instructor for Current Topics in Clinical Genetic Testing (HGC 755) and Hot Topics in Genomics (HGC 820).
Dawn Laney, MS, CGC, CCRC - Assistant Professor, Emory Department of Human Genetics
Ms. Laney is a genetic counselor at Emory University in the Division of Medical Genetics. Ms. Laney received her master’s degree in medical genetics from the Sarah Lawrence College in 1999. She received her certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2002. Since joining the Emory Division of Medical Genetics in 2002, Ms. Laney has been involved in follow-up of abnormal metabolic newborn screening for the state of Georgia, development and management of a genetic infusion center, and lysosomal storage disease clinical care and research. She is currently the program leader for the Emory Lysosomal Storage disease center. She serves on the Emory biomedical IRB committee and is a board member of the Southeastern Regional Genetics Group. Ms. Laney is the primary instructor for the Developmental Biology and Human Malformation course (HGC 725).
Ami Rosen, MS, CGC - Emory Department of Human Genetics
Ms. Rosen graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine with her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling in 2000 and became a board certified genetic counselor in 2002. Ms. Rosen has over 16 years as a genetic counselor and a research coordinator. She has worked in the field of Neurology with such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dystonia, Huntington’s, stroke, ALS, and many other movement and memory disorders. For many years, she was the Program Manager for the Dystonia Coalition, a collaboration of medical researchers and patient advocacy groups, supported by a grant from the NIH, and responsible for conducting several international, multi-site clinical research projects, providing career development and pilot project awards, and holding annual educational meetings. She has served as Committee Director for the Georgia Association of Genetic Counselors. She is currently the Clinical Director for the Huntington Disease Society of America’s Center of Excellence for Huntington’s Disease at Emory University. She provides genetic counseling to people at risk for Huntington’s Disease, and coordinates many clinical research studies for the Emory Department of Neurology. Ms. Rosen as been with the program from its inception as a clinical supervisor and focus mentor. She is co-instructor for Genetic Counseling Theory and Practice I (HGC 720), Theory and Practice II (HGC 750) and Seminar I and Seminar II (HGC 730a & b), and assists in the oversight of the Focus Internship program.
Christine Stanislaw, MS, CGC - Instructor, Emory Department of Human Genetics
Ms Stanislaw is an ABGC board certified genetic counselor (1996) with over 20 years of experience. She received her master's degree in genetic counseling from the University of South Carolina in 1994. Ms. Stanislaw is the Director of Genetic Counseling for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She has over 15 years experience as a clinical rotation supervisor, having worked with approximately 40 students from four different training programs. She successfully obtained funding to develop genetic counseling and testing for under-served populations in Atlanta, and is involved in clinical research on familial ALS. Ms. Stanislaw is a cancer clinical supervisor, and primary course instructor for Genetics of Common Diseases (HGC 760).
Elizabeth Vengoechea, MS, CGC - Emory Department of Human Genetics
Ms. Smith graduated from Boston University in 2014 with her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling. She obtained her certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling that same year. Following graduation, Ms. Smith completed the one year Paul M. Fernhoff Genetic Counseling Fellowship in Lysosomal Storage Diseases at Emory University. Following the completion of her fellowship, Ms. Smith stayed on with Emory in the Genetic Clinical Trials Center. Currently, she clinically sees patients with genetic metabolic conditions and actively participates in research. Ms. Smith also serves as the co-chair of the National Society of Genetic Counselor’s Metabolism/LSD Special Interest Group. Ms. Smith is the co-instructor for Introduction to Genetic Counseling (HGC 705) and Seminar IV.
Yuan Xue, MS, PhD, FACMG - Adjunct Instructor, Emory Department of Human Genetics
Dr. Xue received her MD in Wuhan, China and her PhD in Human Nutrition in Molecular Biochemistry through Kansas State University. She completed an ABMG Molecular Genetics Fellowship through the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics program. She is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Molecular Genetics. Her areas of specialization include molecular genetic diagnostic testing, molecular diagnostic testing for skeletal dysplasias, and the FGFRe signaling pathway. She is currently laboratory director with Fulgent Laboratories in Atlanta. Dr. Xue is co-instructor for Current Topics in Clinical Genetic Testing (HGC 755) adn Hot Topics in Genomics (HGC 820).