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Ellen Matloff, MS, CGC is the President and CEO of My Gene Counsel. Ellen is the founder and former director of the Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at Yale School of Medicine.

Ellen has authored more than 50 scientific publications in the field, is an established educator, lecturer and media spokesperson and has received national awards for her ongoing patient advocacy efforts. She is an outspoken patient advocate in many areas, most notably as a plantiff in the 2013 BRCA gene patent case that went before the Supreme Court in 2013. This decision has led to drastically lower prices of genetic testing, making it possible for more patients to afford this technology.

As genetic testing became more common and also more complex, she served as the senior author on several publications documenting national errors in the misinterpretation of genetic test results. From these experiences, Ellen created My Gene Counsel and its associated digital tools that can be used in parallel with genetic testing to help ensure that results are used accurately and effectively.

DNA Today is a genetics radio show and podcast. The show educates the public on genetic and public health topics through event coverage, news stories, book/movie reviews, and interviews. Guest include genetic counselors, researchers, patient advocates and professors in the field of genetics.

The show has featured interviews with many well known people in the field. Ellen Matloff, CEO of My Gene Counsel and lead plaintiff in the Myriad supreme court gene patenting case. Descendants of Henreitta Lacks (women behind HeLa cells), Kimberly Lacks (granddaughter) and Veronica Spencer (great granddaughter). Robin Schwartz, a hereditary cancer genetic counselor in the field over 30 years.

DNA Today has been nominated in the Podcast Awards in 2015 and 2016 in the General and Science/Medicine category respectively.

DNA Today is broadcasted at 10:30am Fridays on WHUS at the University of Connecticut. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, via RSS feed and streaming/download on the Episodes page.