Robin Bennett, M.S., CGC - Acting Program Director
Robin Bennett brings over 35 years of experience in genetic counseling to the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. Over the span of her career, she has cared for more than 25,000 patients in the Genetic Medicine Clinic at the UW Medical Center and helped train future genetic counselors and medical geneticists. Globally recognized as a leader in genetics education, Robin has lectured and consulted in Australia, Saudi Arabia and China.
Robin has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge of genetic counseling and is most known for her work in pedigree nomenclature, consanguinity, presymptomatic testing for Huntington disease and other neurogenetic disorders, recurrent miscarriage, fragile X syndrome, Fabry disease, cancer genetics and the National Society of Genetic Counselors Code of Ethics. She’s also helped develop NSGC’s protocol for the creation of practice guidelines and is the author of “The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History.”
Robin is a nationally recognized leader in genetics. She’s served as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and a founding board member and past president of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Human Genetics. She's the recipient of multiple awards, including the Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award, the Art of Listening Award, the UW Distinguished Staff Award, UW Department of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award and the Pathfinder Alumni Award from the Mercer Island School District. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kenyon College, which later awarded her an honorary scientific doctorate. Robin is a graduate of the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Brad Rolf, M.S., CGC - Acting Associate Program Director
Brad Rolf has been a genetic counselor at the University of Washington since 2013. Before joining the faculty of the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, he worked primarily as a research genetic counselor. In this role he coordinated the genetics study of the Therapeutic Pipeline Project, a research project aimed at determining the efficacy of whole-exome sequencing for inherited forms of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Brad also worked on one of the Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research consortium projects that focused on delivering genetic testing and genetic counseling services for inherited cancer risk to underserved populations.
Brad has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University and a master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Before his career in genetic counseling, he worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services Laboratory. He is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors CEU Review Subcommittee, and his research interests include polygenic risk, genetic counseling education, and genetic counseling for patients who identify as LGBTQ.
Gail Jarvik, M.D., Ph.D. - Medical Director
Gail Jarvik is an internist and medical geneticist who holds the Arno G. Motulsky Endowed Chair in Medicine and heads the Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington. She cares for adult medical genetics patients. Her research focuses on the statistical genetic analysis of common diseases, including cancer, vascular disease and dementia. She has broad research interests in the implementation of genomic medicine, including her work with the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics Network, Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research, Undiagnosed Diseases Network and All of Us Consortia. Her active research in biomedical ethics includes returning genomic research results to participants and the impact of regulations on genomic research. Gail has extensive experience with trainees and is the co-principal investigator of a training grant. She is president-elect of the American Society of Human Genetics.
Karin Borgerson, MBA - Program Manager
Karin Borgerson has worked in higher education, health care and biomedical research, as well as in software companies and environmental nonprofit organizations. She has also been a professional genetic genealogist, helping people understand how to use direct-to-consumer DNA tests to explore family history. Before joining the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program, she served as associate director of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. She's also taught research and quantitative methods at Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio Graduate School).
Karin has a bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology from Oberlin College and a master’s in socially and environmentally sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She has also done graduate study in science, health and environmental journalism at New York University.