The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program faculty draws on nationally and internationally recognized leaders in genetic counseling theory and practice, medical genetics and genomics, laboratory genetics, statistical genetics, genetic epidemiology, public health and ethics. Our faculty is comprised of genetic counselors, medical geneticists, basic science researchers and other highly qualified instructors.

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Robin Bennett, M.S., CGC — Program Director

Robin Bennet

Robin Bennett, a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, brings more than 35 years of experience in genetic counseling to the GCGP. As a senior genetic counselor and clinic manager at the Genetic Medicine Clinic at the UW Medical Center, she has cared for thousands of patients and helped train future genetic counselors and medical geneticists. Robin has made significant contributions to the body of knowledge of genetic counseling. She 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 and cancer genetics. She is a past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and has served on the board of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. Robin has a bachelor’s degree in biology and an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College and a master’s from the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Full profile | robinb@uw.edu

Brad Rolf, M.S., CGC — Associate Program Director

Brad Rolf

Brad Rolf has been a genetic counselor at the University of Washington since 2013. Before joining the faculty of the GCGP, 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. He 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 earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Baylor University and a master’s degree in genetic counseling at the University of Texas Health Science Center. His research interests include polygenic risk, genetic counseling education, and genetic counseling for patients who identify as LGBTQ.

Full profile | barolf@uw.edu

Margaret Adam, M.D.

Margaret Adam

Margaret Adam is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital. A clinical geneticist and dysmorphologist, she has more than 15 years of experience evaluating and treating individuals with congenital anomalies and developmental disabilities due to genetic causes and teratogenic exposures. Her professional responsibilities include evaluating and treating patients, conducting clinical research and serving as editor-in-chief for the online, peer-reviewed genetics resource GeneReviews. She has been involved in the training of many medical geneticists and genetic counselors. She earned her medical degree at Stanford University.

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Elizabeth Blue, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Blue

Elizabeth Blue, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, is a statistical geneticist whose research focuses on identifying genetic variants influencing complex and Mendelian traits. While her lab focuses on genetic modifiers of Alzheimer’s disease, she is highly collaborative, actively participating in the Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project, the Cystic Fibrosis Genome Project, the UW Center for Mendelian Genomics and the Pacific Northwest Undiagnosed Diseases Network. She's also a member of the Institute for Public Health Genetics. Learn more about her research. Elizabeth hopes to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for population genetics, statistical genetics and bioinformatics with the students of the GCGP. She earned her doctorate at the University of Utah.

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Alison Fohner, Ph.D.

Alison Fohner

Alison Fohner is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, assistant director of the Institute of Public Health Genetics and an adjunct investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She is a translational genetic epidemiologist, with multidisciplinary training in pharmaceutics, bioethics and data science. Much of Alison’s work has focused on clinical implications of pharmacogenetics, including building research partnerships with American Indian/Alaska Native communities in the Pacific Northwest to increase pharmacogenetic benefit for diverse populations. She looks forward to bringing her broad expertise in diverse genetic epidemiology research and prior experience teaching courses on applied study design to the GCGP. Alison earned her doctorate in public health genetics at the University of Washington.

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Raj Kapur, M.D., Ph.D.

Catrin Pittack

Raj Kapur is a professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and practices a combination of surgical and autopsy pathology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He directs the autopsy program at Children’s, where expert examinations are performed on fetuses and infants with birth defects, which are referred from around the Puget Sound region. His love of human embryology began during medical school and led to his doctoral studies of preimplantation mouse embryo development at the University of Southern California. His postdoctoral work included autopsy studies of malformed human fetuses in the Center for Human Embryology at the University of Washington, as well as basic science research related to neural crest cell migration in transgenic murine embryos. Raj is eager to review classic human embryology with a heavy emphasis on practical issues that relate specifically to genetic counseling. He earned a medical degree and a doctorate in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.