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Liz Bailey, PhD
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Graduate School

Biography:
Liz Gibbons Bailey earned her PhD in physiology and developmental biology at Brigham Young University, studying the biophysical changes in cell membranes during programmed cell death. She was blessed to meet her husband, Ben, during graduate school. Since he had just started his PhD at BYU, she needed to stick around the area after graduation. Dr. Bailey found job opportunities teaching as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and at BYU. After a year, she was hired as a visiting assistant professor in the BYU Department of Biology and started her own research lab conducting biology education research for two years. She and her husband were then lucky enough to live in Hawaii followed by Washington D.C. as Ben completed his practical experience for his counseling psychology PhD program. During that time, Dr. Bailey was a visiting assistant professor at BYU-Hawaii and then an assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University. In Fall 2018, she returned to BYU as an assistant professor of biology. Dr. Bailey's research interests include women’s experiences in STEM, integrating math and biology for those with math anxiety, and reciprocal peer tutoring. She and her husband have spent 2020 reading together and going on a lot of hikes.

Kris Tina Carlston, MBA, JD
Pre-Professional School

Biography:
Kris Tina Carlston serves as the Director of the Preprofessional Advisement Program at Brigham Young University. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Utah State University, Kris Tina continued on to receive her Master’s in Business Administration from the Huntsman School of Business and her Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law. Prior to working at BYU, Kris Tina worked as a law associate at a large firm in Chicago. She has found that her legal experience uniquely applies to helping and advising students. Working as an attorney she advised companies on structuring deals for the best strategic outcome, now she uses that background to help students understand how to utilize their own experiences to be strategic and successful in their applications for either law, business, or health professional school programs.
Julie Eggington
Working in the industry

Biography:
Dr. Julie Eggington has directed clinical genetic variant classification programs in cancer genetics at Myriad Genetics, pediatric genetics at Courtagen Life Sciences, and cancer and cardiac genetics at 23andMe. Following these experiences she co-founded a genetic diagnostics consultancy company in 2016. The need for a disruptive nonprofit organization became clear through this consulting work, and Dr. Eggington co-founded the Center for Genomic Interpretation (CGI) in 2017. The mission of CGI is to drive quality and accuracy in clinical genetics, genomics and precision medicine industry wide to save and improve the lives of genetics patients. CGI works with multiple stakeholders to achieve its mission, including laboratories, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, clinicians, patients, regulators, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Dr. Eggington serves as CGI’s CEO, and is a member of CGI’s Board of Directors. She remains committed to providing education and internship experiences as part of CGI’s nonprofit mission. Dr. Eggington received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.S. from the University of Utah, and her B.S. with Honors from Brigham Young University. She pursued her postdoctoral fellowship in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratory at the University of Utah, funded by a fellowship from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Eggington grew up in the Outback of Australia, and now calls the United States home.