Jessica Denton, MS, CGC, is an assistant professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Genetic Counseling Master’s Program and the assistant director for the UAB Genetic Counseling Program. She is actively engaged in teaching and clinical rotation coordination for the genetic counseling program. Ms. Denton also provides clinical genetic counseling services for the UAB Cancer Genetics Clinic. Previously, Ms. Denton worked at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as a genetic counselor for the JScreen program, a non-profit, at-home education and carrier screening program for Jewish genetic diseases. Ms. Denton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rhodes College in 2010. She received her Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling at UAB in 2013. She is currently a pre-doctoral student in the UAB Nutrition Sciences program.
Ms. Denton’s research interests include methods of education for genetic counseling students including the incorporation of service learning and emotional intelligence into program curriculum. She is also interested in the intersection of nutrition and genetics in an effort to better understand the influence of genetics on common diseases including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Ms. Denton teaches extensively for the UAB Genetic Counseling Program including courses for first year students in advanced medical genetics and genomics, cancer, prenatal and adult genetics. She also teaches seminar courses for second year students including a service learning course and directs clinical rotation training. Ms. Denton also enjoys guest speaking for undergraduate and other graduate programs on the topic of genetic counseling.