Principal Genetic Counsellor, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS trust, UK
Sasha is a principal genetic counsellor at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS trust, UK and a committee member of the Association of the UK Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC). She has a background in science communication and public engagement. In the last 10 years she has specialised in cardiac genetics while maintaining an interest in meeting the needs of all cultural groups through policy, research and clinical care in genomics. This was a particular focus in her work with the genomic patient advisory group while employed as a genetic counsellor at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine.
She has also worked as a genetic counsellor in Johannesburg South Africa where her experience of the model of genomics in a different cultural context to the UK led to the development of a package of cross-cultural teaching for genetic counsellors. This is now a taught component of the Scientist Training Programme (STP) for genomic counsellors in England. Recently she co-founded Genetics Engage a public engagement platform to promote inclusivity in all things genetic.