Heather Zierhut received the Strategic Leader Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors last month. The award recognizes members whose work advances genetics and genomics as a fundamental component of healthcare.
Zierhut is an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development and associate director of the University's Genetic Counseling graduate program. Her research focuses on the education of genetic health professionals and the field’s role in public health. Zierhut co-chairs several work groups and committees including the Genetic Counseling Outcomes Working Group.
"Heather has been an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors since she was a graduate student,” says Bonnie LeRoy, professor and director of the Genetic Counseling graduate program. “She is passionate about ensuring that patients and families receive high-quality, evidence-based genetic counseling services. All of her work is driven by her desire to continually improve the care that genetic counselors provide to their patients and families.”