Genome Ambassador Program Members & Leadership

The Genome Ambassadors are a team of 50+ students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Genome Ambassadors represent many disciplines at UConn:

• Health Care Genetics PSM

• Diagnostic Genetic Sciences

• Genetics and Genomics PhD

• Molecular and Cell Biology

• Physiology and Neurobiology

• Biomedical Engineering

• Medical Laboratory Sciences

• Bioinformatics

• Pharmacy Studies

• Allied Health Sciences

• Psychological Sciences

• Kinesiology

• Sociology

• Studio Art

• Economics

• Biomedical Sciences PhD (UCHC)

Program Leadership

Karina Mancini - Student Member (she/her)

Karina Mancini is a student in the Genetic Counseling PSM program and an alumna of the class of 2020 Diagnostic Genetic Sciences program at UConn. Karina concentrated in Cytogenetics and completed her senior-year clinical internship at Brigham and Women’s hospital. After graduating, she worked at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a Genomic Technologist. There, she grew her knowledge in both the cytogenetic and molecular genetic aspects of a clinical laboratory and gained valuable experience in research. Karina has published two posters, presented at the ALCLS Joint Annual Meeting 2022 conference and the National Society of Genetic Counselors' 2022 annual conference. Karina is currently pursuing entry into a Genetic Counseling Master’s program. Karina joined the Genome Ambassadors Program Leadership Team in January 2023 as the Virtual Events Chair and hopes to use her network throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to foster engaging virtual events for GAP members and the New England genetics community. She joined the University of New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disability (LEND) program as a trainee in August 2022. In her free time, Karina enjoys cooking, playing the piano, and reading. Feel free to contact Karina at




Leadership Alumni

Past Genome Ambassador Program leaders are doing incredible things in genetics!