ThinkGenetic is honored to work with incredible interns eager to help ThinkGenetic achieve its mission of reaching and empowering those living with and at risk for genetic conditions. With each new intern class and rotation, our hope is the work with us will gain them valuable knowledge and insights about the world of startups, digital health and consumer healthcare.
With that, we would like to introduce Aaliyah Heyward!
Name: Aaliyah Heyward
Position and Responsibility at ThinkGenetic: Genetic Counseling Student and Content Creator
Degree Working Towards: Master of Medical Science in Genetic Counseling Program at Emory University
Education: BS in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University
Previous Work: Spent 3 years as an undergraduate Intern at the Emory Lysosomal Storage Disease Center and Genetic Clinical Trials Center
More About Aaliyah:
What one accomplishment are you most proud of?
Graduating from college a semester early. It may not seem like much but it actually felt like all those AP credits finally paid off!
What are your hidden talents that most people don’t know about?
I’m a great cook! I’ve found that it’s a great way to destress after a long week, so I like to take my time making new dishes so I can get the best results possible. Very rarely do I make the same thing twice.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I really love playing the Sims 4! I can spend hours playing through fun storylines. It really brings out the storyteller in me.
What’s on your bucket list?
Ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy. It just feels like it would be such a beautiful, relaxing place to spend a couple of weeks in.
What are you looking forward to in your time with ThinkGenetic?
I’m looking forward to learning more about the non-traditional roles that genetic counselors can take on as well as gaining new skills that make me a better patient advocate in the clinic.