My name is Dena Goldberg Linder and I am originally from the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where I worked in a Molecular Anthropology lab studying ancestral genetics, then moved out west to San Francisco to work in a Breast Cancer research lab at UCSF. I later attended the Genetic Counseling Graduate program at UC Irvine. I now live in San Francisco, CA and work in the UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program. I am a licensed and board certified genetic counselor.
THE FACE BEHIND THE CARTOON
I WROTE MY THESIS ON THE AWARENESS OF GENETIC COUNSELING SERVICES AND HOW TO RAISE THAT AWARENESS. I STARTED DENA DNA SO THAT I COULD HAVE A CREATIVE OUTLET WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY SPREADING AWARENESS OF GENETIC COUNSELING SERVICES
Coming to a journal near you...
EVENTUALLY, MY DREAM IS TO PRODUCE A TELEVISION SHOW CENTERED AROUND THE GENETICS CLINIC TO MAKE “GENETIC COUNSELOR” A WELL-KNOWN TERM.
I’VE BEEN INTERESTED IN GENETICS SINCE I WAS 6 WHEN MY YOUNGEST SISTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH RING 18. SINCE THEN, MY FAMILY HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE CHROMOSOME 18 RESEARCH & REGISTRY AND I LEAD GENETICS 101 WORKSHOPS FOR SIBLINGS.
ABOUT DENA DNA
Dena DNA is the brand of genetic counselor, Dena Goldberg Linder.
My mission is to spread awareness of medical genetics and genetic counseling to the general public through media and marketing techniques not typically used by the medical community.
Our target audience is anyone interested in genetics especially those with a short attention span. Cough*millennials*cough