Greenwood, SC

Focus on Genetics at the Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood, South Carolina

Anita Durairaj

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As a scientist, I have had my share of searching for jobs and going on ever-elusive job interviews with the hope that it could be the one dream job. I have had job interviews at different locations throughout the US.

One interview that particularly stands out in my mind is the one I had at the Greenwoods Genetic Center in South Carolina. That was the first time I had been to the South. I had never even visited Texas before this so it was surprising that my first trip to the South would be because of a job interview. It was also surprising that my first trip to the South would be to a small city in South Carolina called Greenwood instead of a big-name city like Charleston.

Greenwood has the feel of a small town. It is listed as a city with a population of about 23,000 residents. It is about a 2 hour drive from the more popular city of Greenville.

Employment at Greenwood is tied to jobs in manufacturing, retail, healthcare and social assistance. What job could possibly exist for a scientist in Greenwood?

Well, Greenwood has one important resource called the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) and this institute does hire scientists.

Genetics at the Greenwood Genetic Center

The Greenwood Genetic Center is classified as a non-profit institute that provides genetic services, diagnostic testing, research in the field of medical genetics and other educational programs.

According to the Greenwood Genetic Center website,

Our clinicians provide compassionate, up-to-date care and the latest in diagnostic testing advances. Our diagnostic laboratory faculty are constantly adding new technologies and improving testing methodologies. Our educators are enlightening the next generation of scientists and improving genetic literacy. Our researchers collaborate with GGC clinicians and laboratory faculty, as well as with colleagues around the world, to achieve significant advances in identifying causative genes, understanding disease mechanisms, and developing treatment and prevention strategies for intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and birth defects. - GGC website

I interviewed for a research position where I would serve as a scientist using novel methods based on mass spectrometry. In layman's terms, my potential job was to use an analytical technique to identify and characterize different genetic disorders. I would be working with a team of other scientists.

To make a long story short, I never did get the job but I left the interview feeling quite impressed with the place and what they were trying to accomplish.

The institute was small enough that employees at the center were interacting with each other like family, I did not feel any negative vibes of the place and overall felt that the GGC would have been a great place for work. Their mission and focus is also very philanthropic in nature.

The GGC is a place that is trying to help and impact patients struck with genetic diseases in a positive manner. Their first priority is the patient. There are doctors and genetic counselors at the institute who provide genetic consultations as well as the corresponding diagnosis and treatment. There is even cancer genetic counseling, a metabolic genetics clinic, speciality clinics, and a department of disabilities and special needs.

During these difficult times of COVID-19, the GGC is relying more on telegenetics. Telegenetics provides genetics consultations or counseling using computers, smartphones, or tablets so the patient does not physically have to appear at the center. The patient and his/her family will have access to a genetic counselor or assistant as well as the geneticist during the telegenetics session.

GGC tries to ensure that the telegenetics service is just as helpful as an in-person visit.

Overall, the GGC is a valuable center for the city of Greenwood.

Source: Greenwood Genetic Center

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