Licensed Genetic Counselor and Research Study Coordinator
Emily graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. Prior to working at the Ocular Genomics Institute, she worked as a pediatric genetic counselor at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Emily joined the OGI in 2011, where she provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services to families with inherited retinal dystrophies. She also serves as the study coordinator for the research study of molecular genetics of inherited retinal dystrophies.
Licensed Genetic Counselor
Naomi graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, where she studied Drosophila neuromuscular development. She spent time working as a clinical and biomedical research assistant in Munich, Germany and New York City before pursuing a master’s degree. Naomi earned her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine. She joined the OGI in summer 2018, where she provides risk assessment and genetic counseling services to families with inherited retinal degenerations.Naomi_Wagner@meei.harvard.edu
Genetic Counseling Assistant
Netra Bellur-Modur joined the OGI in December of 2018 as a Genetic Counseling Assistant. She works with the genetic counselors to facilitate clinical workflow of patients with inherited vision conditions and is a liaison between patients, physicians, health insurance providers and genetic testing laboratories. She has prior experience in scientific research, working as a research assistant subsequent to her Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry. After taking time off to focus on family she has returned to the work force and is on course towards establishing a career in patient care and coordination. During her hiatus she worked part time as an elementary school educator, volunteered at non-profit organizations and was actively engaged in continuing education programs with courses completed in human anatomy, physiology, genetics and more in the pipeline.
Kaitlin (Kait) graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Science in Allied Health Science and minor in Business Administration. She received her master’s degree in Genetic Counseling at Boston University School of Medicine. Prior to attending graduate school, Kait worked at the OGI as a genetic counseling assistant. Kait is excited to return to Mass. Eye and Ear as a genetic counselor focusing on providing risk assessments and counseling services to patients and families affected by inherited retinal disorders.Kaitlin_O'Connell@meei.harvard.edu