Announcements / 11.4.21
Genetic Counselor Awareness Day | November 4, 2021

November 4 is Genetic Counselor Awareness Day! Learn more about the genetic counselors at Broad, and the important roles they play in genetic research. 

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, November 4, 2021

Genetic counselors fill a number of essential roles at Broad, from working with patients and patient data, to project management, and leading and contributing to research projects. Genetic counselors help clinicians, patients, and patient families understand the meaning and potential value of a genetic test, as well as navigate the tough ethical questions that arise from the genetic testing experience. This Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, we want to celebrate all of the genetic counselors who are helping to move genetic research forward.

The various roles genetic counselors have at Broad


Genetic counselors are involved in dozens of projects across Broad, and have contributed to a number of publications. Learn more about their work below! 

Centers for Mendelian Genomics: A decade of facilitating gene discovery

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Samantha Baxter

Genomic Data Sharing for Novel Mendelian Disease Gene Discovery: The Matchmaker Exchange

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Danielle Azzariti

Randomized prospective evaluation of genome sequencing versus standard-of-care as a first molecular diagnostic test

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselors: Deanna Brockman, Renée Pelletier

Design and user experience testing of a polygenic score report: a qualitative study of prospective users

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Deanna Brockman

Reconsidering Genetic Testing for Neonatal Polycystic Kidney Disease

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Grace VanNoy

Unique variants in CLCN3, encoding an endosomal anion/proton exchanger, underlie a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Grace VanNoy

Comprehensive analysis of ADA2 genetic variants and estimation of carrier frequency driven by a function-based approach

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Samantha Baxter

Recontacting registry participants with genetic updates through GenomeConnect, the ClinGen patient registry

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Danielle Azzariti

Concordance of a High Polygenic Score Among Relatives: Implications for Genetic Counseling and Cascade Screening

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Deanna Brockman, Renée Pelletier

seqr: a web-based analysis and collaboration tool for rare disease genomics

  • Broad-affiliated genetic counselor: Lynn Pais, Samantha Baxter, Grace VanNoy


Interested in working with a genetic counselor at Broad? Reach out to: