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Teaching Faculty

Molly Ciarariello, MS, LGC

Molly Ciarlariello is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor, currently working in perinatal genetics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. She received her Master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She has previously worked in both pediatric and cancer genetics in Staten Island, NY. She is an active member of HGANJ and NSGC and has helped create and coordinate expanded carrier screening outreach in the Rutgers community. She has supervising genetic counseling students for over four years.

Sandra D’Elia, MS, LGC

Sandra D'Elia is a board certified genetic counselor working in the LIFE Center at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ms. D'Elia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Genetics from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and her Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University. Her thesis focused on The Prevention and Detection of Breast Cancer in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers. She has clinical expertise in cancer risk counseling and genetic predisposition to cancer. After graduation Ms. D'Elia worked as a Cancer Genetic Counselor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute and has been providing cancer genetic counseling services through the LIFE Center since 2012. She oversees the outreach clinics in Hamilton and Princeton, NJ.

Shama Khan, MPH, MS, LGC

Shama Khan is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor currently working in Perinatal Genetics and as a research coordinator for the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University, an MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and an M.S. in Human Genetics from Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Human Genetics Association of New Jersey and her interests include the promotion of family health history awareness in the Muslim community.

Christina Kresge, MS, LCGC

Christina (Bond) Kresge is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor currently working in pediatric genetics at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences from the University of Connecticut, and her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to providing pediatric genetic counseling services, she also provides prenatal counseling and cancer counseling in both English and Spanish, and is the clinic coordinator for the University Regional Metabolic Treatment Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She is treasurer of the Human Genetics Association of New Jersey, and has been a supervisor for genetic counseling students for five years.

Jennifer K. Muhammad, MA, MS, LGC

Jennifer K. Muhammad is a board certified genetic counselor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, specializing in prenatal genetic counseling.  She has her BS in Biology with a concentration in Spanish from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MA in Health Advocacy and an MS in Human Genetics, both from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is a member of the Human Genetics Association of New Jersey and is experienced at counseling patients in both English and Spanish.  Her interests are HIV/AIDS advocacy and treatment of and advocacy for sickle cell disease; she is also interested in increasing diversity in the field of genetic counseling. 

Sarah Nashed, MS, LGC

Sarah Nashed is a board certified genetic counselor who received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Brandeis University. Prior to her graduate education, she attended Rutgers University where she earned her BA in Genetics with a minor in Psychology. She currently provides cancer genetic counseling at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for a variety of patients including those with breast, ovarian, and gastrointestinal cancers. She previously worked at Winthrop-University Hospital providing cancer, pediatric, cardiac, and prenatal genetic counseling.

Stephanie Pachter, MS, LGC

Stephanie Pachter is a board certified genetic counselor. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Biophysics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She works at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey providing genetic counseling to individuals and families affected by cancer. In previous positions she has provided genetic counseling in the prenatal, pediatric, cancer and adult settings.

Sara Welner, MS, LGC

Sara Welner is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor. She received her genetic counseling graduate degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. Sara is currently a clinical genetic counselor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson. Prior to joining the pediatric team at Rutgers-RWJ, she worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at New Jersey Perinatal Associates for over a decade. Sara regularly supervises genetic counseling students during their clinical rotations.

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Department of Genetics
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