VCU students from the laboratories of Drs. Gordon Ginder, Joyce Lloyd and Joe Landry unwind while cruising down the Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall colors. The labs share a community space in the Goodwin Laboratories at the Massey Cancer Center which helps foster relationships between laboratories. Back row: Suehyb Alkhatib, Aiman Alhazmi, Yousef Alhashem, Maria Amaya, Divya Vinjamur, Aditi Chiplunkar, Chitra Seshadri, Kimberly Mayes, Samrawit Sereke; Kneeling: Megha Desai, Pooja Desai. Picture credit: Suehyb Alkhatib


The clinical team reviews charts of patients prior to clinic visits. The team consists of physicians, genetic counselors, staff and genetic counseling students. The Department offers genetic evaluation, consultation and counseling services for genetic diseases for all stages of human life.


Current students help celebrate graduation and awards at the VCU School of Medicine recognition ceremony in May with their classmates. Five Ph.D. students, three M.S. students and five M.S. Genetic Counseling students received their degrees during the academic year. Lori Hill and Belal Azab shared the Roscoe D. Hughes Award for outstanding graduates from the Department. From left: Jia Yan, Lori Hill (Ph.D., 2011), Belal Azab (Ph.D., 2011), Jackie Meyer (front), Tim Bigdeli (Ph.D., 2012), Roseann Peterson.


Gimme a “G”, Gimme an “L”! Graduate students in the department show their lab pride - GG-Ginder lab and LL-Lloyd Lab while attending the 18th Annual Hemoglobin Switching Conference at Asilomar, CA in June. From left , Maria Amaya (MBG-Microbiology), Megha Desai, Yousef Alhashem and Divya Vinjamur.