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Leila Jamal ScM, PhD, CGC

Leila Jamal ScM, PhD, CGC

Leila Jamal ScM, PhD is a certified genetic counselor at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). At NIAID, she is co-investigator on the Centralized Sequencing Initiative (CSI), a program that uses genomic sequencing to better understand the human immune system. The CSI has developed the first scalable pipeline for returning clinical-grade research results to NIAID research participants.

Dr. Jamal's research interests include: How to apply ethical principles to genetic counseling practice both conceptually and pragmatically; how familial and individual interests in genetic information should be conceptualized and balanced; how ethical guidelines about genomics should be implemented in settings with different kinds of resource constraints, and how patients' experiences and values should (or should not be) incorporated into health and science policy.

Dr. Jamal holds a master's degree in genetic counseling from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). She also holds a PhD in health policy and management (bioethics concentration) from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She currently serves on the Social Issues Committee of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and is Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).

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