Makenna May


Makenna is an Sc.M student in the Johns Hopkins/NIH Genetic Counseling Training Program. She is primarily interested in neurogenetics, specifically neurodegenerative diseases in adults and children, and hereditary hematologic malignancies. Makenna earned her A.B. degree from Princeton University in 2017 in French Language and Literature. At Princeton, she was on the Student Health Advisory Board, and since graduating she has facilitated children’s grief groups for 1st through 3rd graders who have had a parent or sibling die through Good Grief in New Jersey and worked at the Mercer County Crisis Hotline on the suicide prevention team. Before starting the program, Makenna worked for a year at the NIH in research groups through the National Human Genetic Research Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Makenna is most interested in the ethical and psychosocial components of genetic counseling, which drew her to the program at Johns Hopkins, and she is specifically interested in how genetic counselors and patients grapple with uncertainty. She makes time to read every day, explores photojournalism, writes book reviews, is very interested in language and how it impacts refugee migration and settlement.