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Part of the "Gene Team": Meet Megan Parker G'19

Megan Parker G’19 made history as a member of the inaugural class of genetic counseling.

As a student at North Carolina State University majoring in biology, Megan Parker fell in love with the field of genetics in her sophomore year. After graduation, she worked at the Duke University Eye Center doing molecular genetics research in the area of exfoliation glaucoma. She enjoyed the research, but missed interacting with people. Then she learned about the genetic counseling program at Bay Path. Megan applied and was accepted. Although she had never enrolled in an online program, she found the transition to the virtual learning experience very easy. It was her pediatric genetic counseling practicum at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, that ignited her passion. She discovered that working on the “Gene Team” at St. Jude’s met and exceeded her expectations for the profession. After graduating from Bay Path, Megan is returning to Memphis to be a genetic counselor at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, one of the top ranked children’s hospitals in the country. She is thrilled to be doing what she loves.