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UW GenOM Project
Office of Research
Gerberding Hall B78
Box 351202
Seattle, WA 98195-2120

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GenOM Project Staff Contact

Lisa Peterson
Gerberding G76
(206) 685-2593
From 1999-2002, Ms. Peterson was the Director of BRIDGES4, a comprehensive support program for underrepresented students in the health, life, and social sciences.  She expanded this program from its very beginning to serve over 350 students, offering tutoring, pre-freshman Boot Camp, academic advising, undergraduate research, travel scholarships, and more.

In the summer of 2002, Ms. Peterson was recruited to run a new outreach program for underrepresented students interested in genomics, the UW GenOM Project.  This outreach effort is the first of its kind funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and is a national model for minority programs. It includes undergraduate and high school research, graduate student support, academic training in the life sciences, seminars, and partnerships with other minority outreach programs.  With a retention rate of nearly 90%, the UW GenOM Project is making a substantial difference in the numbers of underrepresented students who are pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences.

Latoya Surratt -ALVA Coordinator Gerberding B78 (206) 543-3306

Latoya Surratt obtained a Baccalaureate of Arts in Political Science at the University of Washington. She also holds a Baccalaureate of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies [K-8 Education] and a Master’s of Science in Public Health. As a part of a military family she spent six years in Yokosuka, Japan where she taught in Department of Defense Schools. While there, she served as POD leader and grade level chairman. Upon return to the United States, Latoya quickly began work with students in Title I schools throughout San Diego where she taught science, English Language Development, and Language Arts intervention. As an advocate for equity in science and health education she volunteered as a mobile science educator with the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences and as a healthcare advocate for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Latoya is passionate about public health program planning, population genetics research, and equity in education. Latoya began work with the GenOM Project in April 2019.