Billie Lianoglou is a genetic counselor who specializes in prenatal care. She works closely with perinatologists (doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancies) to educate families on potential genetic risks for fetal abnormalities or complications.
Lianoglou splits her time between working with families at the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center and supporting the research of genetic specialist Dr. Mary Norton at the UCSF Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision Medicine. This research explores the value of prenatal whole exome sequencing, a technique for determining potentially useful genetic information.
Lianoglou also does research, recruitment and education for a project led by fetal surgeon Dr. Tippi MacKenzie on stem cell transplantation performed in utero for an inherited condition called alpha thalassemia major, which is usually fatal for the fetus without intervention. As a part of this project, Lianoglou manages the international registry of patients found to have a prenatal diagnosis with the condition.
Lianoglou earned a master's degree in genetic counseling from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.
Originally from New York, Lianoglou can be found skiing in Tahoe during the winter.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MS, Genetic Counseling, 2007
Genetic Counselor, American Board of Genetic Counseling