OnkoSight Expertise

JIANHUA ZHAO, Ph.D., DABMG

Assistant Director, Cancer Genomics

Dr. Zhao holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Temple University. Dr. Zhao received training from the joint American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) training program in Genetics, with a subspecialty in Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. At the Center for Personalized Diagnostics at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Zhao developed and implemented multiple different NGS assays.Dr. Zhao has authored numerous publications in the field of genomic medicine.

KAYLEE BARBER, M.S.

Genetic Counselor

Kaylee Barber is a board certified and licensed Genetic Counselor with experience in both prenatal and cancer genetics. At BioReference, she provides clinical expertise in researching and interpreting NGS data. Prior to joining BioReference, Kaylee was a prenatal genetic counselor with New Jersey Perinatal Associates in Livingston New Jersey, and a cancer genetic counselor with the Juravinski Cancer Center in Hamilton Ontario. She is originally from Ontario, Canada where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. She also earned a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Eric Antoniou, PhD

Assistant Director, Cancer Genomics

Dr. Antoniou earned his PhD from the University of Bordeaux, France. He was formerly the senior manager of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory genome sequencing center. He also held management positions at Ginkgo Bioworks and The Jackson Laboratory. Prior to these positions, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Antoniou has eighteen years of experience in genomics science, including nine years in next generation sequencing.

Li Liang, PhD

Assistant Director, Cancer Genomics

Dr. Liang earned his PhD in Medical and Molecular Genetics from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. He also completed a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics at the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Before joining GenPath in 2017, Dr. Liang worked in various capacities at Rutgers’ Clinical Genomics Laboratory, RUCDR Infinite Biologics, including Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Liang has numerous publications in the field of cancer genomics.

Willonie Mendonca, MS

Genetic counselor

Willonie Mendonca is a board certified and licensed genetic counselor who has contributed to the field of cancer genetics and molecular diagnostic laboratory science for a decade. Currently at GenPath Oncology, a division of BioReference Laboratories, Inc., she provides expertise in analyzing and interpreting Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data from tumor samples through our OnkoSight platform. In her prior role at GeneDx, a subsidiary of BioReference Laboratories, Inc., she was involved in launching NGS-based inherited cancer tests. She led training and education for several GeneDx products including inherited cancer, whole exome sequencing, cardiology and neurology panels. She has previously worked at Myriad Genetics Laboratories, Inc., and was faculty at the University of Utah Genetic Counseling Program. Willonie is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and has served as Chair of the Industry and Health Information Technology Special Interest Groups. She has been a site visitor for genetic counseling training programs, through the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and served on ad hoc committees at the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc.

Naho Harada, MS

Genetic counselor

Naho Harada is a board certified and licensed Genetic Counselor with experience in cancer genetics. At BioReference Laboratories, Inc., she writes OnkoSight NGS reports for the Cancer Genomics Department. Prior to joining BioReference, Naho was a cancer genetic counselor with the University of Florida. She is originally from Tokyo, Japan, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Genetics and Physiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. She also earned a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jeffrey Bissonnette, MS

Genetic counselor

Jeffrey joined BioReference Laboratories, Inc., in January of 2014.  He received his Bachelor of Science specializing in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta in 2006 and completed his Master of Science at McGill University in 2009.  Prior to joining BioReference Laboratories, Jeffrey worked at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  There he provided genetic counseling to patients in the Cancer Genetics Clinic and worked in the molecular and cytogenetics laboratory.  He is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors.

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