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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Thursday, November 8, 2018

Imagine doctors being able to look at individuals and determine treatments or cures based on their specific genetic code. Scientists are doing just that in the burgeoning field of precision medicine. In this program, high school students meet geneticists, biostatistician, physicians, genetic counselors, and others to learn how research and technology are being used to revolutionize how we treat disease and improve people’s health.

Click on the [pdf link] below to see each program’s agenda and full list of participants

  • – Columbia University Medical Center Institute for Genomic Medicine [pdf link]
  • – Weill Cornell Medicine Englander Institute For Precision Medicine [pdf link]
  • – DNA Learning Center’s Harlem DNA Lab [pdf link]


World Science Academy is supported in part by the Bezos Family Foundation.


Vimla AggarwalGeneticist

Dr. Vimla Aggarwal is the Director of Diagnostic Genomics at the Columbia University Medical Center Institute for Genomic Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Mumbai.

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Amanda BergnerGenetic Counselor

Amanda Bergner, MS, CGC, is the Program Director of the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at Columbia University. She has 19 years of experience in clinical care, education, and industry work.

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Olivier ElementoComputational Biologist

Olivier Elemento, PhD is the Director of the Weill Cornell Medicine Englander Institute for Precision Medicine, an institute that focuses on using genomics and informatics to make medicine more individualized.

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Jessica GiordanoGenetic Counselor

Jessica Giordano is a genetic counselor with 11 years of prenatal genetic counseling experience. She is currently working at Columbia’s Division of MFM and Institute of Genomic Medicine.

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Ruth GotianAssistant Dean for Mentoring

Dr. Ruth Gotian is the inaugural Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the newly launched Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine, and the Chief Learning Officer in Anesthesiology.

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Anya Revah-Politi
Genetic Counselor

Anya Revah-Politi, MS, CGC, is a genetic counselor at the Columbia University Medical Center Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

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