MSGC batch 2011


Peter James (PJ) B. Abad received his B.S. in Nursing at the University of the Philippines Manila in 2010 and is a registered nurse. As a master's student in genetic counseling, PJ is interested in genetic counseling issues surrounding inherited cardiovascular diseases in the context of the Philippine culture and society. PJ also wishes to contribute in the integration of genetics education in the training of nurses in the Philippines.

Vanessa (Bessa) Dyan R. Aldemita graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños with a B.S. in Biology, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. For three years, Bessa worked as a researcher at the International Rice Research Institute in the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Division. Bessa is highly motivated to increase the awareness on the importance of genetic counseling in the Philippines.   

Melissa (Mel) Mae P. Baluyot completed B.S. in Biology (Accelerated) and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas. Mel completed her pediatric residency at the University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital and recently started her medical genetics fellowship. Mel’s clinical and research interest includes pediatric cancer genetics, pharmacogenetics, and personalized medicine.

Margrette Anne (Marge) Q. Patena received her degree in medical technology from Trinity University of Asia and currently works as a Church Administrator. Pursuing a genetic counseling degree is a great combination of Marge’s love of science and being with people at the time of need.  Marge is interested in better understanding the impact of religion on the genetic counseling process. Ma. Elouisa (Lui) L. Reyes received her B.S.E in Social Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman and is currently the Head of the Newborn Screening Center – UP National Institutes of Health. Lui’s research interest is on the psychological impact on parents and family members following the diagnosis of child through newborn screening. Riza Concordia (Riza) N. Suarez received her B.A. in Social Science – Behavioral Studies Program at the University of the Philippines Manila. Riza is currently the Project Development Officer of the Newborn Screening Reference Center - UP National Institutes of Health.  Riza plans to develop genetic counseling modules for patients and their families.
Aster Lynn (Peging) D. Sur received her B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Central Philippine University and her B.S. in Nursing from Brokenshire College. Peging currently works as a nurse at the Institute of Human Genetics UP-Manila and is involved in newborn screening, birth defects surveillance and preconception care programs. Peging intends to integrate the field of genetic counseling as part of the healthcare delivery system and her main interest is on the psychosocial aspects given the cultural diversity in the Philippines. Gay Luz M. Talapian (Gay) finished her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Lukes Medical Center, Quezon City. Her interest in genetic counseling was born out of patients prenatal and preconception concerns as well as breast cancer screening. She is pursuing a genetic counseling degree to fulfill her passion to provide more for Obstetric and Gynecology patients as genetic technology advances. Gay's main interest is on cancer risk assessment and ultimately work with the country's first multidisciplinary cancer prevention program clinic. Angela (Gela) Q. Villa earned her B.S. in Nursing degree from Southeast Asian College Incorporated and her B.S. in Commerce, major in Business Management at De La Salle University - Manila. Gela worked as a nurse at the Institute of Human Genetics UP-Manila and contributed to the implementation of the birth defects surveillance project. Gela is highly interested on genetic counseling related issues pertaining to adult onset genetic diseases.