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Meet Melissa, the Sarnoff Center's Genetic Counselor

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From Melissa Ramos, MS, MLS (ASCP), LCGC  

I am honored to be joining the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics as the genetic counselor and coordinator for the carrier screening program! I am originally from Canada and completed my bachelor’s degree in Medical Science specializing in Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario. After graduation, I moved to Detroit to be a medical technologist at the Detroit Medical Center. While I loved working in the lab, I missed being with patients! After researching as many healthcare professions as possible, I discovered genetic counseling. I was fortunate to attend the Northwestern University Graduate Program where I received my master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. I had the opportunity to work as a prenatal genetic counselor in the Maternal Fetal Medicine division at Loyola University Medical Center for nearly five years prior to joining the team at the Sarnoff Center. I love being able to help people understand their families' genetic risks and educate them on cutting edge technologies. I am especially excited to participate in the community-based work of the Sarnoff Center. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the different restaurants and neighborhoods that Chicago has to offer.

You can reach me at MelissaRamos@juf.org or 312-357-4658.



Affordable, Accessible Genetic Screening in Illinois

Our affordable, accessible carrier screening program uses advanced technology to provide comprehensive screening for Jewish and interfaith couples. Visit our Get Screened page to learn more and register.


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