Faculty Interests

Ahmad, Ayesha  M.D.
Specialties: Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics; Clinical Biochemical Genetics
Clinical Interests:  Inborn errors of metabolism and clinical biochemical genetics; newborn screening for lysosomal storage disorders; expanded newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism
Research Interests: Evaluation of long term outcomes and best practice guidelines for management of patients with inborn errors of metabolism; outcomes of patients with metabolic diseases detected pre-symptomatically by newborn screening; liver cell therapy for urea cycle disorders

Fisher, Rachel M.S., CGC
Specialty: Genetic Counseling and Newborn Screening for Lysosomal Storage Disorders
Clinical Interests: Pediatric genetics
Research Interests: Follow up and early initiation of treatment in patients with lysosomal storage disorders identified pre-symptomatically by newborn screening; Creation of educational materials for lysosomal storage disorders

Glassford, Megan M.S., CGC
Specialty: Genetic Counseling
Clinical Interests: Pediatric genetics
Research Interests: 3q29 deletion syndrome

Hannibal, Mark Charles M.D., Ph.D.
Specialties: Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics
Clinical Interests: Kabuki Syndrome, Immunohematology

Innis, Jeffrey Winfield M.D., Ph.D.
Specialties: Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics 
Clinical Interests: Human limb malformations, medical genetics, birth defects, intellectual disability, biochemical genetics, chromosome aneuploidy, cancer genetics, and genetic counseling
Research Interests: Next generation sequencing in clinical care and personalized medicine; molecular genetics of 2q13 deletion syndrome; limb development, role of HOX genes in development, Fragile X syndrome

Jacher, Joe M.S., CGC
Specialty: Genetic Counseling
Clinical Interests: Pediatric genetics, Immunohematology
Research Interests: Fragile X syndrome

Keegan, Catherine Elizabeth M.D., Ph.D.
Specialties: Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics
Clinical Interests: Pediatric Genetics; Disorders of Sex Development
Research Interests: Urogenital development, Caudal development, Telomere dysfunction and genomic instability

Martin, Donna Marie M.D., Ph.D.
Specialties: Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics 
Clinical Interests: Clinical Genetics; Autism; Disorders of Neural Development, CHARGE Syndrome 
Research Interests: Genetic Basis of Neuronal Development

O’Connor, Bridget M.S., CGC
Specialty: Genetic Counseling
Clinical Interests: Pediatric genetics and provision of services to underserved areas of Michigan
Research Interests: Decision support tool development and impact; outcomes of next generation sequencing efforts

Omark, Jessica M.S., CGC
Specialty: Genetic Counseling
Clinical Interests: Pediatric genetics
Research Interests: Barriers to uptake of genetic testing

Quinonez, Shane C. M.D.
Specialties: Pediatrics; Clinical Genetics; Clinical Biochemical Genetics 
Clinical Interests: Clinical Genetics; Inborn errors of metabolism and clinical biochemical genetics   
Research Interests:  The introduction of genetic services into low and middle-income countries with current areas of active investigation in Ethiopia and Ghana
 
Tayeh, Marwan Ph.D.
Specialty: Clinical Molecular Genetics
Clinical Interests: Gene dosage abnormalities in human genetic disease; molecular genetic test development; Next Generation Sequencing clinical testing
Research Interests: Genetic analysis of Next Generation Sequencing Data; Multiple CNV pathology; Imprinting defects

Thoene, Jess G M.D.
Specialty: Pediatrics, Inborn errors of metabolism
Clinical Interests: Inborn errors of metabolism: cystinosis, urea cycle defects, organic acidemias
Research Interests: Role of aberrant apoptosis in causing the nephropathic phenotype in cystinosis and cystinosin replacement in cystinosis; Microvesicle-mediated delivery of functional cystinosin in vitro and ex vivo
 
Yashar, Beverly  Ph.D., M.S.
Clinical Interests: Pediatric Genetics, Disorders of Sex Development, Community Based Genetic Counseling Services
Research Interests: Development and implementation of genomic based health care; Bioethical implications of genetic and genomic-based health care; Communication and decision-making in genetic counseling