The UF Genetics Institute recently hired Brittany Hollister, PhD, as the new Academic Program Specialist for the Genetics and Genomics Graduate program. Hollister has a strong background in genetics and is excited to help take the program to the next level.
Hollister’s interest in genetics began in graduate school and she went on to receive a PhD in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt.
“I have always had a strong interest in, and passion for, genomics education and training,” Hollister said. “In addition to the research I have conducted during my scientific career, I worked in genomics education with a variety of groups such as tribal college faculty, middle and high school students, and post-baccalaureate fellows. I felt that this position would allow me to work in an education-focused environment full-time so I could continue to build my education and administration skills.”
Before coming to UFGI Hollister worked as a Health Disparities Research Fellow at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There she worked on several research projects focused on using genomic technologies to promote health equity, rather than increase health disparities.
Hollister presenting to Dr. Dan Kastner, scientific director of NHGRI.
Hollister expressed that she is excited for this new chapter with UFGI and to be able to invest in and grow the program.
“I think the UF Genetics Institute is an incredibly special place,” Hollister said. “The breadth of the research done in the Institute is interesting and exciting. Plus, the Genetics & Genomics graduate program is an exceptional program with wonderful students. I am excited for the opportunity to help the program continue to grow!”
Working with the graduate students has been a highlight of Hollister’s UFGI experience so far.
“I enjoy working with the students the amazing Institute team to identify ways in which we can make the program better,” Hollister said. “As these students will go on to shape the future of the genetics and genomics field, I am happy to do whatever I can to make their training experience more successful.”
As a genetics PhD graduate herself, Hollister has been able to connect with the students and aid them in their academic pursuits.