The Genomic Education team at The Jackson Laboratory is committed to creating diverse and inclusive educational programs where all students, employees and visitors feel valued and are empowered to participate in our mission to improve human health through genomics research, scientific resources and education. We believe human diversity is an essential ingredient for empowering the global biomedical community, and therefore our programs should reflect, embrace and celebrate the diversity of our world.

Education and Learning

Whether your focus is on genetics research of expanding the use of genetics in your clinical practice, we welcome you.

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Postbacc, Ph.D., and Postdoctoral Programs

Exceptional opportunities for PhD and postdoctoral research and training in a unique scientific environment.

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Alison Kieffer

Alison Kieffer is the Genomic Education Lab Coordinator for the Courses and Conferences team. Alison manages the Teaching the Genome Generation professional development distribution program in Maine and northern New England, teaches and organizes hands-on laboratory courses, and manages the Genomic Education Training Lab. She earned her B.A. in Professional Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and her M.B.A. from Husson University. Alison enjoys hiking and backpacking with her dog, Wander, traveling the world and adventuring outside with her family. Alison thru-hiked the 2,185.3 mile Appalachian Trail solo in 2014 and currently volunteers as the Maine Appalachian Trail Communities Coordinator with the AT Conservancy.

Courses and Conferences

Bill Barter

Bill Barter currently serves as the Director of Education Platforms for the Jackson Laboratory’s Genomic Education team, having joined JAX in 2015 to help launch the Online and Digital Education division. Bill holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and has worked in education since 1990. Bill has been fortunate to participate in a number of innovative programs, with an emphasis on the intersection of technology and STEM education. He and his family spend their free time in nature, enjoying all downeast Maine has to offer.

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Brent Berwin

Brent Berwin is Director of Courses and Conferences with JAX Genomic Education. His team is responsible for the innovation and execution of a variety of courses and workshops that provide educational opportunities to diverse sets of learners. Brent hails from Minnesota and received his B.S. in Biology from Lewis & Clark College (OR) and his Ph.D. from the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of being a science dork, his current wars of attrition include finding time to actively enjoy the outdoors, achieving mediocrity in the occasional athletic event, cooking palatable food, convincing his family that fantasy baseball is a legit pastime and keeping up with his energetic son. 

Courses and Conferences

Catie Sevigny, Ph.D.

Catie is a Program Administrator for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs in Farmington, CT. As a Program Administrator, she will develop and implement programs to help trainees make the most of their educational experiences at JAX. Catie also participates in the CRCE and loves to hear about trainee research during their Trainee Talks. Catie is passionate about education and ensuring STEM is for everyone. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Tumor Biology from Georgetown University. In her free time, she enjoys baking and being outside. Her favorite outdoor activities are kayaking in the summer and ice skating in the winter.

TRAINING AT JAX

Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray is the Vice President of Education at The Jackson Laboratory. He focuses the majority of his time on education and training program development in genetics and genomics. In fact, Charlie has been a science educator since 1986, teaching high school and college and providing professional development for high school teachers and college professors. Recently, with other JAX colleagues, he created the Teaching the Genome Generation program, which aims to increase student genomic and genetic literacy by training and equipping high school teachers. Charlie received his Ph.D. from Yale University and B.A. from Amherst College. When not working Charlie and his family enjoy the woods and waters across the great state of Maine.

JAX Genomic Education

Christina Vallianatos, Ph.D.

Christina is a Genomics Educator at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT. As a genetics education specialist, she focuses on the design, development, and implementation of courses and programming in genetics, genomics, and computational techniques for many learner types. Her projects range from behind-the-scenes work building lessons and organizing science events, to being in the spotlight teaching and presenting. Christina loves combining her passion for outreach and engagement with her content expertise in genetics to make science and STEM careers accessible and inclusive for all. Christina earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan. When she’s not thinking about science, Christina likes to travel and explore new places and foods, read novels, and spent time with family and friends.  

STEM Education

Dawn Lindauer

As a member of the JAX Genomic Education team, Dawn provides administrative support to the STEM & Undergraduate Education division, the Clinical and Continuing Education division, as well as to trainees at all levels of their education including Postdocs, Predocs, Postbaccs, Summer Students Program and Academic Year Fellows. Dawn has been at JAX since February 2019. She truly enjoys working on the education team and she is involved in several projects and courses taking place throughout the department. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business. Outside of JAX, Dawn is extremely active in her home community volunteering as a member and leader on several committees. She believes committees benefit all walks of life, from children to veterans, and everyone in between. Her involvement in these committees has significantly increased the youth involvement in town-wide events. Dawn is also currently the President of the Toastmasters club at the JAX Genomic Medicine campus. 

JAX Genomic Education

Emaly Piecuch

Emaly Piecuch is a Genomics Educator on the JAX Genomic Education team based in Bar Harbor, ME. Her ultimate career goal is to use her skills and education to disseminate the magic of science to everyone. She is happy to be an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Curriculum Development working groups. Emaly earned her B.S. in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the Purdue University in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics from The University of Connecticut in 2019. Emaly spends her free time reveling in the profound beauty of the natural world. Her favorite hobbies include hunting for mushrooms, whistling, and learning to cook authentic cuisines.

STEM Education

Emily Edelman, M.S., C.G.C.

Emily is the Associate Director of Clinical & Continuing Education at The Jackson Laboratory, where she develops education programs with the goal of integrating genetics and genomics into clinical practice. Emily is a board-certified genetic counselor with over ten years of experience in healthcare provider education, clinical genetics and program implementation and evaluation. She is passionate about collaborating with healthcare providers to develop and implement solutions that address patient, provider and system-level outcomes in genomic medicine. Emily is excited to be part of the JAX National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, as program coordinator of JAX’s first Cancer Education & Career Enhancement Core. Emily received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Mary Washington and her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a leader in the genetic counseling field and a past Board member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, playing ultimate frisbee, skiing, cooking and gardening.

Clinical and Continuing Education

Erin McDevitt

Erin McDevitt is the Manager of Event Planning in JAX Genomic Education. Erin joined The Jackson Laboratory Courses & Conferences team in 2001. As part of her role Erin oversees the event planning team, event logistics and budget management for the department’s portfolio of courses, workshops and conferences. Erin received her B.S. in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. In her spare time Erin enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and dogs, Clara and Bonnie.  

Courses and Conferences

Jennifer Corrigan

Jennifer Corrigan serves as the Associate Director of Courses & Conferences in JAX Genomic Education. She has worked at The Jackson Laboratory for over 20 years and has expertise in mouse genetics, bioinformatics, nomenclature, mouse surgery, assisted reproductive technologies and IACUC management and compliance. She has extensive experience developing, delivering and managing courses, including budgetary oversight and grant reporting responsibilities for supported courses. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys paddle boarding, tennis and family life.

Courses and Conferences

Jessica Seavey

Jessica Seavey is the Assistant to the Vice President of Education. Jessica supports Charlie Wray and the other Program Directors with administrative tasks and special projects. She has worked at JAX since 2013 and started as a Research Administrative Assistant. Jessica received a B.S. and M.S. from Maine Maritime Academy studying International Business & Logistics. A native to Bar Harbor, she spends her free time with her husband Cody, 5-year-old son Grafton and 2-year-old daughter Colinette. As a family, they enjoy discovering new adventures around Mount Desert Island and the state of Maine. 

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Courses and Workshops

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JAX Online Minicourses

Gain access to our online learning modules based on the live lectures JAX delivers each year.

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Kate Reed

Kate Reed serves as the Director of the Clinical Education Program for The Jackson Laboratory’s Genomic Education team. The team focuses on developing and implementing education to help clinicians integrate genetics and genomics into practice. Kate has worked in education for more than a decade. She is a board-certified genetic counselor and has previously practiced clinically in a variety of settings, including general genetics, cancer and neurology. Kate received her B.A. from Carleton College, her M.P.H. in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington and her Sc.M. in Genetic Counseling from the joint Johns Hopkins University and National Human Genome Research Institute program. Working remotely from Asheville, NC, she enjoys exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina with her family.

Clinical and Continuing Education

Katie Hodgkins, B.A.

Katie joined the JAX Genomic Education team in 2019 and plans, organizes and manages administrative support activities for scientific courses, workshops, symposia and other educational events. Katie holds a B.A. from College of the Atlantic with a focus in Fine Art and Marine Biology. Her other interests include home renovation, bullet journaling, and spending time with her husband, son and dog. 

Courses and Conferences

Leanne Miceli

 Leanne Miceli joined the JAX Genomic Education team in Bar Harbor as Technical Training Specialist. She is focused on providing hands on instruction to course and workshop attendees. Leanne brings 17 years of assisted reproductive technologies, sample management and biobanking experience with her. After she received her associate’s degree in Veterinary Science from Becker College, she moved from Connecticut to Maine. Leanne enjoys spending time outside with her family working on 4H projects, bee keeping and photography. 

Courses and Conferences

Linda Steinmark

Linda Steinmark is a Project Manager on the JAX Clinical & Continuing Education team, where she helps develop and deliver genomic education for healthcare professionals in diverse settings. Linda received her B.A. in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. As a board certified and licensed genetic counselor, she also provides cancer genetic risk assessment and counseling at the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute. Linda co-led successful efforts for licensure of genetic counselors in the state of Connecticut. She enjoys yoga, walks with friends, biking and spending time with family. 

Clinical and Continuing Education

Lothar Holzke, B.A.

As an event planner in JAX Genomic Education, Lothar provides operational and logistical assistance for courses, workshops and other events supporting educational initiatives. He joined the Laboratory’s Advancement Services team in early 2018 but made the switch to Genomic Education in 2020, coming with a diverse background in philanthropy, nonprofit administration, communications and special events. Lothar holds a B.A. from College of the Atlantic with a focus in Fine Art and Creative Writing. His other interests include mystery novels, soap making and spending time with his dog and best friend, Prim. 

Courses and Conferences

Marianne Goossens

Marianne Goossens is the Senior Instructional Designer for JAX Genomic Education Digital and Online Programs. She collaborates with colleagues, faculty and scientists to design and develop online education. Originally from The Netherlands, she wears many hats at JAX Genomic Education. She has set up multiple learning management systems, transformed in-person courses to virtual experiences for various programs, and expanded JAX’s global outreach through online MiniCourses. Marianne is well-versed in many different instructional technologies and uses a creative approach to design interactive and engaging eLearning. 

Marianne has a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in Visual Communications and Applied Design, and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida.   She likes to spend time with family, travel and go for walks on the beach. 

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Maya Caines, B.S.

Maya is the Program Coordinator for JAX Genomic Education. She is excited to be part of a team that works to make science accessible to everyone. Maya has her hands in many pots across JAX GE, including managing marketing efforts, new education content development, and data management for the department. She is an active member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Dissemination and Growth working groups. Additionally, she serves as the vice president of DEI for JAX's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). Maya holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and a minor in Economics and Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Maine.

 

Outside of the office, Maya spends time exercising her green thumb, taking long walks next to any body of water, and collects dangly earrings (her current favorite pair are clear gummy bears with glitter stars). She is an active member of the Mount Desert Island school system's Anti-Racism Task Force.

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Meredith L. Theeman, Ph.D.

As Director of Predoctoral & Postdoctoral Education at The Jackson Laboratory, Meredith oversees flexible, individualized training programs that endeavor to development of a diverse community of well-rounded, collaborative scientific leaders. With the assistance of our Student Affairs Program Administrators, Meredith coordinates the Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Postbaccalaureate Researcher, Cooperative PhD, and Postdoctoral Associate programs across campuses. Meredith co-chairs JAX GE’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group, which seeks to provide leadership and creative approaches to the complex socio-cultural challenges associated education and training.
Meredith serves as the Tufts University Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) Liaison at JAX. She is available for conversation with all trainees regarding sensitive matters.
Outside of JAX, Meredith is walking in the woods, (slowly) learning to garden, and honing her home renovation skills. She also proudly sits on the TheDream.US National Scholarship Selection Committee.

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Mike McKernan

Mike McKernan is Program Director for STEM and Undergraduate Education and works with a range of learners from high school students and teachers to college students stepping up to postbaccalaureate and graduate studies. He has created, directed and supported biomedical research education programs for over 20 years and has been a member of JAX Genomic Education since 2012. Mike’s #1 priority is to engage students in experiences that increase their knowledge, creativity, confidence, empathy and resilience. He holds a B.S. in English Education from Miami University (OH). Mike is a stubborn (sometimes misguided) DIY experimentalist, museum nerd and enjoys going on four-season outdoor adventures with his family. Outside of JAX, Mike is a Trustee of Camp Beech Cliff. 

STEM Education

Sarah Wojiski

As Director of Education at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Sarah oversees educational programs and provides mentorship for student and trainee populations ranging from high schoolers through postdoctoral fellows. With over 11 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and program administration in the sciences, her work emphasizes experiential learning opportunities, promoting effective and innovative teaching practices and providing high caliber training opportunities to the next generation of the biomedical workforce. Sarah received her B.S. from the University of Connecticut, her M.Ed. from Boston College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, two daughters, a dog and seven chickens.  

STEM Education

Therese Ingram Nissen

Therese Ingram Nissen is a Senior Instructional Designer and Technologist at The Jackson Laboratory. She has a passion for helping people and institutions solve problems and improve performance by designing learning experiences that are efficient, effective and tailored to their needs. She is an educational psychology nerd and tries to use technology in education purposefully. Therese has been fortunate enough to work on a diverse array of educational programs including genetics and genomics education for high school science teachers, healthcare providers, genomics researchers and social scientists. She holds a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Instructional Design and Learning Technology from the University of Colorado. She is happiest exploring the wonders of the mountains with her husband and her dogs by her side.

Clinical and Continuing Education

Clinical Education at JAX

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High School Students, Undergraduates, and Teachers

Including our flagship Summer Student Program, JAX offers opportunities for academic year research, teacher professional development, and the Maine State Science Fair.

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