Master's Program (MS)

The Genetic Counseling Program is located in the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

UB Jacobs School of Medicine building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y. 

About the Program

The Genetic Counseling Master's Program at UB is a holistic training program that fluidly adapts to the dynamic and complex relationship between scientific knowledge and humanistic decision-making. Our mission is to train socially and culturally conscious genetic counselors, who will advance health in the region by increasing access to genetics and genomic medicine for all people.

Graduate students will benefit from our unique transdisciplinary approach to education and emphasis on community engagement. They will be prepared to fill diverse roles in academia, clinical practice, public health policy, pharmacogenomics and biotechnology, government, or industry.

Program Objectives

  • integrate cutting-edge scientific knowledge with counseling and communication skills
  • collaborate with various academic units, hospitals, and other relevant organizations through fieldwork and community-based participatory research
  • prioritize scholarly engagement in the areas of cultural humility and health equity
  • explore the ethical, social, and legal ramifications of genetic/genomic information for diverse populations
  • advocate for the recognition and expansion of genetic counseling services in Western New York
  • foster community pride and service

Applications for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling are not open at this time.

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is pursuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. This allows future graduates to sit for the certification examination offered by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The Certified Genetic Counselor credential is the gold standard in the genetic counseling profession. 

Program Staff

Program Director

Lindsey M. Alico, MS, CGC
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Office of Biomedical Education
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information:
955 Main Street, Room 4134
Buffalo, New York 14203

Medical Director

Laurie Sadler.

Laurie S. Sadler, MD, FACMG
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information: 
UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Genetics
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0040
Fax: (716) 323-0292

Program Administrator

M. Sara Thomas

Administrative Assistant/Administrator

Department of Biochemistry/Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Suite 4102E, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-3890