Students and faculty

Our research program is driven by the interests of the individual student and takes advantage of the wide variety of genetics and genomics initiatives on the University of Michigan campus and within the state of Michigan.

Students have the opportunity to develop an individualized scholarly project in collaboration with a member of our faculty. This research project allows students to develop skills that will enhance their intellectual development and critical thinking skills. Each student’s research thesis grows out of their own interests and, therefore, each student’s research experience and “lessons learned” are unique.

A Subset of Recent Publications From Student Research Theses

Huser N, Hulswit BB, Koeller DR, Yashar BM. Improving gender-affirming care in genetic counseling: Using educational tools that amplify transgender and/or gender non-binary community voices. J Genet Couns. 2022 Apr 23. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1581.

Love-Nichols J, Uhlmann WR, Arscott P, Willer C, Hornsby W, Roberts JS. A survey of aortic disease biorepository participants' preferences for return of research genetic results. J Genet Couns. 2021 Jun;30(3):645-655. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1341.

Beil A, Hornsby W, Uhlmann WR, Aatre R, Arscott P, Wolford B, Eagle KA, Yang B, McNamara J, Willer C, Roberts JS. Disclosure of clinically actionable genetic variants to thoracic aortic dissection biobank participants. BMC Med Genomics. 2021 Mar 1;14(1):66. doi: 10.1186/s12920-021-00902-5.

Miller I, Greenberg S, Yashar BM, Marvin ML. Improving access to cancer genetic services: perspectives of high-risk clients in a community-based setting. J Community Genet. 2020;11(1):119-123. doi:10.1007/s12687-019-00420-z

Marzulla T, Roberts JS, DeVries R, Koeller DR, Green RC, Uhlmann WR. Genetic counseling following direct-to consumer genetic testing: Consumer perspectives. J Genet Couns. 2020 Jul 9. doi: 10.1002/jgc4.1309.

Mazzola SE, O'Connor B, Yashar BM. Primary care physicians' understanding and utilization of pediatric exome sequencing results. J Genet Couns. 2019;28(6):1130-1138. doi:10.1002/jgc4.1163

Dettwyler SA, Zielinski RE, Yashar BM. Certified Nurse-Midwives' Experiences with Provision of Prenatal Genetic Screening: A Case for Interprofessional Collaboration. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2019;33(4):E3-E14. doi:10.1097/JPN.0000000000000440

Greenberg S, Yashar BM, Pearlman M, Duquette D, Milliron K, Marvin M. Evaluating and improving the implementation of a community-based hereditary cancer screening program. J Community Genet. 2018 Mar 5. doi: 10.1007/s12687-018-0357-5.

Ko, C., Arscott, P., Concannon, M., Saberi, S., Day, S.M., Yashar, B.M., Helms, A.S. Genetic testing impacts the utility of prospective familial screening in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy through identification of a nonfamilial subgroup. Genetics in Medicine. 2017. doi:10.1038/gim.2017.79

Koeller, D.R., Uhlmann, W.R., Carere, Green, R.C., Roberts, J.S. et al., Utilization of Genetic Counseling after Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Findings from the Impact of Personal Genomics (PGen) Study. J Genet Counsel. 2017. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0106-7

Hale, C.L., Niederriter, A.N., Green, G.E., Martin, D.M.  Atypical phenotypes associated with pathogenic CHD7 variants and a proposal for broadening CHARGE syndrome clinical diagnostic criteria.  Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Feb;170(2):344-54

Higuchi EC, Sheldon JP, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Yashar BM. Non-invasive prenatal screening for trisomy 21: Consumers' perspectives. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Feb;170(2):375-85.

Kiedrowski LA, Owens KM, Yashar BM, Schuette JL. Parents perspectives on variants of uncertain significant from chromosome microarray analysis. J Genet Couns. 2016 Feb;25(1):101-11.

Ernst ME, Sandberg DE, Keegan C, Quint EH, Lossie AC, Yashar BM. The lived experience of MRKH: sharing health information with peers. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2015 Oct 8. pii: S1083-3188(15)00320-4.

Batte B, Sheldon JP, Arscott P, Huismann DJ, Salberg L, Day SM, et al. Family Communication in a Population at Risk for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. J Genet Couns. 2015 Apr;24(2):336-48.

Giordimaina AM, Sheldon JP, Petty EM. Anticipated motivation for genetic testing among smokers, nonsmokers, and former smokers: an exploratory qualitative study of decision making. Public Health Genomics. 2014;17(4):228-229.

Hock KT, Christensen KD, Yashar BM, Roberts JS, Gollust SE, Uhlmann WR. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing: an assessment of genetic counselors' knowledge and beliefs. Genet Med. 2011;13(4):325-32.

Huismann DJ, Sheldon JP, Yashar BM, Amburgey K, Dowling JJ, Petty EM. Quality of life and autonomy in emerging adults with early-onset neuromuscular disorders. Journal of genetic counseling. 2012;21(5):713-25.

Lesperance MM, Winkler E, Melendez TL, Yashar BM. “My Plate is Full”: Reasons for Declining a Genetic Evaluation of Hearing Loss. J Genet Couns. 2018 Jun;27(3);597-607. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0149-9. Epub 2017 Oct 4.

Mester JL, Trepanier AM, Harper CE, Rozek LS, Yashar BM, Uhlmann WR. Perceptions of licensure: a survey of Michigan genetic counselors. Journal of genetic counseling. 2009;18(4):357-65.

Miller I, Greenberg S, Yashar BM, Marvin ML. Improving access to cancer genetic services: perspectives of high-risk clients in community-based setting. J Community Genet. 2019 Apr 24. doi: 10.1007/s12687-019-00420-z. [Epub ahead of print].

Murray B, Yashar BM, Uhlmann WR, Clauw DJ, Petty EM. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type: A characterization of the patients' lived experience. Am J Med Genet A. 2013;161A(12):2981-8.

Ordonez J, Margarit S, Downs K, Yashar BM. Peering into a Chilean black box: parental storytelling in pediatric genetic counseling. Journal of genetic counseling. 2013;22(6):805-16.

Owens KM, Marvin ML, Gelehrter TD, Ruffin MTt, Uhlmann WR. Clinical use of the Surgeon General's "My Family Health Portrait" (MFHP) tool: opinions of future health care providers. Journal of genetic counseling. 2011;20(5):510-25.

Wain KE, Uhlmann WR, Heidebrink J, Roberts JS. Living at risk: the sibling's perspective of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Journal of genetic counseling. 2009;18(3):239-51.

Walker LV, Miller VJ, Dalton VK. The health-care experiences of families given the prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 18. J Perinatal. 2008;28(1):12-9.

Weipert CM, Ryan KA, Yashar BM, Chinnaiyan AM, Scott Roberts J, De Vries R, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Raymond VM. Physician Experiences and Understanding of Genomic Sequencing in Oncology. J Genet Couns. 2018 Feb; 27(1); 187-196. doi: 10.1007/s10897-017-0134-3. Epub 2017 Aug 24.