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PRN Staff

Mark Roth, Teratogen Information Specialist

Mark Roth is a teratogen information specialist with the Pregnancy Risk Network of Ferre Institute. He brings his diverse background and talents to this interdisciplinary role. He is a member of the Organization of Teratogen Information Specialists (OTIS) and he is an active member of the OTIS Education Committee. He has completed the Harvard Teratogen Course and his teratogen interests span from pharmacogenomics to maternal metabolism as a modifier. Mark is always eager to fully research and answer questions from callers.

Adrienne Sullivan, Administration and Special Projects Coordinator

Lindsey Morse MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Lindsey Morse, MS, CGC received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Vermont in 2004 and her Master of Science from Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Training Program in 2006.  She joined the Community Genetics Program of the Ferre Institute in 2006 and received her board certification in genetic counseling from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007.  Lindsey counsels patients in all areas of genetics from prenatal genetics to adult genetics; however, she is particularly interested in issues surrounding family health history collection and access to genetic services in underserved populations.  Her clinical expertise ranges from inherited thrombophilias and Huntington disease to familial cancer syndromes. She also serves as a consultant with the NYS Pregnancy Risk Network Teratogen Information Service and lectures on a variety of genetic issues to community organizations including high school and university students, physicians, and community health programs.  In addition, she regularly lectures at Bassett Healthcare and to the SUNY Upstate medical students as part of their clinical campus.  Lindsey is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American College of Medical Genetics, the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists and the Genetic Alliance.

Erin E. Houghton, MS, CGC

Erin E. Houghton, MS, CGC received her genetic counseling master’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, in 2004.  While studying at UC Irvine, she performed research in the field of cancer genetics by completing a thesis entitled “Factors Associated with Pre-Genetic Counseling Distress Levels in Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer.”  Erin received her board certification in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in September 2005.  She is currently employed by Ferre Institute, Genetic Counseling Program, as the Associate Genetics Director.  Her clinical interests include cancer, cardiovascular, and pediatric genetics.  Prior to her genetic counseling training, Erin was employed as a biochemist with Merck Research Laboratories and was directly involved in vaccine development.

Luba Djurdjinovic MS, Program Director

Luba Djurdjinovic, MS is the Executive Director of Ferre Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services in genetics and reproductive health. She is Director of its Genetic Counseling Program. She is a practicing genetic counselor with clinical interests in issues of infertility, familial cancer histories and most recently, cardiovascular genetics. She has been a principle investigator on several projects. In 2000, Luba completed 19 years on the on the adjunct faculty at the School Social Work in Syracuse, New York. She is the past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and a recipient of the 2001 Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award. In 2005, she received special recognition from the Alliance of Genetics Supports (an international organization representing genetic support groups). Luba is an author in a leading textbook for genetic counseling students and lectures extensively.

Murray L. Nusbaum MD, Consulting Medical Director

Murray Nusbaum is the founder and Medical Director of Ferre Institute Inc. He is the Medical Advisor to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) for New York State . Dr. Nusbaum is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He spent many years in the private practice of reproductive medicine before becoming Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse . In 2004, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from District II ( New York State ) ACOG.

Dr. Nusbaum has advocated for the integration of genetic discussions in clinical practice for 30 years. He is a frequent lecturer to professional and community groups about the importance of genetics in our daily lives. In addition, he has been involved in enhancement of ob-gyn and genetic services in the most rural counties of New York State , the “ North Country ”.

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Last Modified: February 28. 2013