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.

Sherry Grumet, MA, MS, LGC

Sherry Grumet is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor working as the Director of the LIFE Center at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She received a B.S. in Cell Biology and Anthropology from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in Human Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College. After graduation, Mrs. Grumet worked as a genetic counselor at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Monmouth Medical Center. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling.

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.

Brianna McDaniels, MS, LGC

Brianna McDaniels is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor, currently working in the LIFE Center at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She received her Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in May of 2018. Her thesis focused on developing an educational tool that could be used to provide genetic counseling to patients undergoing tumor genomic profiling at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. After being influenced by her personal experience with a rare disease, Brianna helped to the establish the first National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Student Chapter on Emory’s campus and served as the organization’s first president. Prior to attending Emory, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Genetics from Rutgers University and participated in the Genetic Counseling Certificate Program. She is excited to begin supervising students in near the future!

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.

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.