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ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine: Sucheta Bhatt, Rong Mao

The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine has elected Sucheta Bhatt and Rong Mao to its board of directors. Each will serve a two-year term beginning Feb. 1, 2023.

Bhatt is a senior medical director in medical affairs at Illumina. Prior to that she was at non-invasive prenatal testing startup Verinata. She has also served as medical director and director of the prenatal diagnostics center at Genzyme Genetics (now Integrated Genetics). She received her medical degree from the University of Bombay and completed a fellowship in clinical genetics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. She also serves as an advisor to the Board of Genetic Counseling in India.

Mao is board-certified in clinical molecular genetics, and is a tenured professor and medical director of molecular genetics and genomics at University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories, where she was also section chief of molecular genetics and genomics from 2016 to 2021. She joined the DNA Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2000 and Department of Pathology at University of Utah/ARUP Laboratories in 2003, after completing a clinical molecular genetics fellowship at Mayo Clinic. She is also a member of the steering committee for the University of Utah site for the National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Disease Network. Mao holds an MD from Capital University of Medicine in Beijing, China, and an MS degree in molecular pathology from Beijing Union Medical College.