1. What is your name?
Honey V Reddi
2. What is your professional title?
Chief Medical Director, Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center (GSPMC)
Clinical Laboratory Director, Precision Medicine Laboratory, GSPMC
Associate Professor of Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
3. How did you decide to enter the field/What (or who) brought you into the field?
As a translational researcher working to bring innovation to the clinic, observing the trends in the Molecular Genetics workspace, I decided to take my mentor’s & spouse’s advice to get training in clinical molecular genetics to advance my passion of doing more for the patient.
4. What do you do? How would you describe your role?
As the Director on Record, I oversee operations of the Precision Medicine Laboratory which offers clinical and research services for Oncology and Inherited Diseases. As the Chief Medical Director, I am responsible for the strategic implementation of our Center goals for clinical diagnostics, keeping in mind the needs of the organization and the patients at Medical College of Wisconsin.
5. How does your work help patients?
Our Center (GSPMC) is unique in that we have a comprehensive Precision Medicine Program that includes a CLIA/CAP lab as well as Faculty with Basic and Translational research programs including Bioinformatics. This allows us to effectively translate innovation to practice, benefitting the patients real-time.
6. What degree(s) and/or training did you receive to achieve your position?
PhD in Biotechnology, 15+ years of translation research, a two year Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic followed by ABMGG Board certification. Flexing my expertise and experience gained over the years to develop and maintain a career in Clinical and Translational Genomics.
7. What is the greatest challenge you face in your work?
8. What is the best part of your work as you see it? (most interesting, fun…)
9. What AMP resources/courses have helped you advance your career?
10. In your opinion, what are the most valuable aspects of AMP membership?
11. Anything else we should know?
As a Clinical Molecular Geneticist, I love what I do and hope to be able to continue for a while to come. I also appreciate the opportunity to mentor the next generation.
On a personal note - as a recent breast cancer survivor, I feel so grateful for the understanding and support I have received from my colleagues and friends in the field and more so for everything that is being done in research and the clinic to make it better for the next patient.