VCU Medical Center

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

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Dr. Joyce Lloyd, Professor and Vice Chair of the department received the WISDM (Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine) Professional Achievement award for her strong academic career and as an impactful leader, supporting faculty in their career development, advocating for women faculty, and training underrepresented minority scientists. You can read more about Dr. Lloyd here.

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Usually it is quite the coup to get your wedding announcement in the New York Times but 2020 was as far from normal times as one can get. Hope Wolf (Ph.D. candidate) and her fiancé, Matthew Hill (pictured), had their wedding planned for May 2, 2020, in Apex, North Carolina but canceled it due to the coronavirus pandemic. They then found that the register of deeds in Yanceyville, North Carolina would issue them a marriage license and perform the ceremony. The only catch was the ceremony would be performed at the detention center at the Sheriff’s office. Hope’s mother, not wanting her daughter to be married at a jail, arranged to have the pastor at their church perform the ceremony at the arboretum in Yanceyville. Now that is what is called a happy ending!

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Alison Gaynor, a PhD and MS in Genetic Counseling dual degree student, presents her poster for her first rotation project by zoom this year. She worked with Drs. Maria Teves and Jerry Strauss studying polycystic ovary syndrome. PhD students that matriculate into the department are first admitted into the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal until they choose a PhD program. During the student’s first year, they perform three rotations and the Dean’s office convenes the students together to present their data in a talk or poster usually in person.

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