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Science Ambassador Lecturer Biography

    Genetic Testing

    This presentation outlined basic information about genetics and provided Science Ambassadors with information on diseases that can be detected through genetic screening. The lecture also explained types of genetic screening including newborn screening, prenatal diagnosis, carrier testing, and testing for adult-onset disorders.

    Ridgely Fisk Green, MMSc, PhD

    Ridgely Fisk Green, MMSc, PhD is a American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Public Health Genetics Fellow with the Pediatric Genetics Team at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ridgely received a B.A. from Princeton University, a Masters in Medical Sciences (M.M.Sc.) from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University. Prior to joining the CDC in September 2004, Ridgely spent a year teaching biology to Harvard undergraduates and summer students, and she greatly admires anyone who teaches full time! At the CDC, Ridgely’s projects include researching how family history information can be used in pediatrics, the genetics of fetal alcohol syndrome, and ways to identify genes that influence who is affected during disease outbreaks.

    Richard Olney, MPH, MD

    Richard Olney completed his undergraduate, graduate (MPH), and medical school (MD) degrees at Northwestern University in Illinois. Following his pediatrics residency, he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and practiced pediatrics at Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. He was trained in medical genetics at Stanford University. He has been with the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (DBDDD) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities since 1991, initially as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, then as a medical epidemiologist, and most recently as Acting Team Leader for Pediatric Genetics. He is board certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics, and has a clinical faculty appointment in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has clinical and research interests in birth defects prevention and epidemiology, newborn screening and public health genetics, teratology, and dysmorphology.

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