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The CombiMatrix Medical Team

Karine Hovanes, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G

Vice President of Scientific Advancement and Laboratory Director

Dr. Hovanes received her B.S. degree in Genetics from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her clinical cytogenetics and clinical molecular genetics trainings at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of California Los Angeles Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics as a Clinical Cytogeneticist and Clinical Molecular Geneticist. Her research projects in molecular biology have focused on characterization of structure and function of a number of genes implicated in human diseases.

Prior to joining CombiMatrix, Dr. Hovanes held positions as Assistant Director at the Molecular Laboratory at Esoterix and at the Genetics department at US LABS.

Karine Hovanes, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G, Vice President Of Scientific Advancement And Laboratory Director

Trilochan Sahoo, M.D., F.A.C.M.G

Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Director of Cytogenetics

Dr. Sahoo received his undergraduate and graduate medical education in India, following which he pursued post-doctoral studies in the departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics at Duke University Medical center, Durham, NC. His postdoctoral work spanned the fields of bacterial genetics to positional cloning of genes responsible for human Mendelian disorders. He received his clinical cytogenetics training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics and a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Sahoo received his undergraduate and graduate medical education in India, following which he pursued post-doctoral studies in the departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics at Duke University Medical center, Durham, NC. His postdoctoral work spanned the fields of bacterial genetics to positional cloning of genes responsible for human Mendelian disorders. He received his clinical cytogenetics training at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics and a fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics.

His primary research interests include understanding the mechanisms and clinical implications of complex genomic rearrangements and imprinting disorders. Prior to joining Combimatrix, Dr. Sahoo was a Senior Director in the Clinical Cytogenetics department at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, San Juan Capistrano, CA.


Microarray-Based Cytogenetic Testing Illuminates Congenital Abnormalities and Cancer

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Trilochan Sahoo, M.D., F.A.C.M.G, Vice President Of Clinical Affairs And Director Of Cytogenetics

Michelle Strecker, MS, CGC

Senior Director of Genetic Counseling Services

Michelle Strecker earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and her Master’s of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas—Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A board-certified genetic counselor with over a decade of clinical experience, Ms. Strecker began her career in 1999 as a prenatal genetic counselor at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School, where she also actively participated in the instruction and clinical supervision of UT Houston genetic counseling students. She then spent a year in the private sector providing prenatal genetic counseling and laboratory support for a cytogenetics and cystic fibrosis carrier screening laboratory.

Michelle Strecker earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington and her Master’s of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Texas—Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A board-certified genetic counselor with over a decade of clinical experience, Ms. Strecker began her career in 1999 as a prenatal genetic counselor at the University of Texas – Houston Medical School, where she also actively participated in the instruction and clinical supervision of UT Houston genetic counseling students. She then spent a year in the private sector providing prenatal genetic counseling and laboratory support for a cytogenetics and cystic fibrosis carrier screening laboratory. From 2004-2010, Ms. Strecker worked as a pediatric and adult genetic counselor with the University of California, San Francisco, where she saw patients in a number of specialty clinics, and worked closely with Division Chiefs Dr. Charles Epstein, and later Dr. Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, to help streamline clinic operations to improve patient care. In 2010, Ms. Strecker joined CombiMatrix as the Director of Genetic Counseling and Communications. She remains committed to patient-centered care, and works support CombiMatrix’s clients by providing them with the most relevant and up-to-date information about their patients’ results and their implications for clinical care.

 

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Michelle Strecker, MS, CGC, Senior Director Of Genetic Counseling Services

Sara Commander, MS, CGC, LGC

Laboratory Genetic Counselor

Sara Commander earned her Bachelors of Arts in Cell/Molecular Biology from Washington and Jefferson College and her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public Health. Sara has several years of experience as a laboratory genetic counselor working in labs that specialize in both newborn screening and microarray testing.

Sara Commander earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Cell/Molecular Biology from Washington and Jefferson College and her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh – Graduate School of Public Health. Sara has several years of experience as a laboratory genetic counselor working in labs that specialize in both newborn screening and microarray testing. Prior to joining CombiMatrix, Sara worked as a laboratory genetic counselor for PerkinElmer Genetics and Signature Genomics where she assisted clients with case management in both newborn screening and cytogenetics and provided clients with information and education about patients’ results. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Genetic Counseling and a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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Sara Commander, MS, CGC, LGC, Laboratory Genetic Counselor

Mary K. Travis, MS, LCGC

LABORATORY GENETIC COUNSELOR

Mary Travis is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor with a special interest in prenatal genetics. She earned her Bachelor’s in Arts and Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to joining CombiMatrix, Mary held a dual position at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, where she worked as both a prenatal genetic counselor and a research coordinator. As a prenatal genetic counselor, Mary gained valuable experience in explaining genetic information, prenatal testing options, and test results to a high volume of patients and their healthcare providers.
Mary Travis is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor with a special interest in prenatal genetics. She earned her Bachelor’s in Arts and Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to joining CombiMatrix, Mary held a dual position at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, where she worked as both a prenatal genetic counselor and a research coordinator. As a prenatal genetic counselor, Mary gained valuable experience in explaining genetic information, prenatal testing options, and test results to a high volume of patients and their healthcare providers. She also served as a supervisor and mentor to PITT genetic counseling students during their prenatal clinical rotation. As a research coordinator, Mary was responsible for coordinating the clinical aspects of a research study that primarily focused on non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Mary is a diplomate of the American Board of Genetic Counseling and a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
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Mary K. Travis, MS, LCGC, Laboratory Genetic Counselor