Our Staff

Ferre Genetics: Our Staff

Luba Djurdjinovic, MS

Luba Djurdjinovic, MS is the Executive Director of Ferre Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that comprises a number of programs in genetics and reproductive health. She is also Director of Ferre Genetics, the genetic counseling program of Ferre Institute. A genetic counselor for over 40 years, Luba’s clinical interests and expertise range from fertility education, to familial cancer syndromes and cardiovascular genetics. Luba is credited with developing a unique genetic service delivery model and has promoted its adoption. She has served important roles in many state and national genetic professional organizations. She is a past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and a recipient of their National Achievement Award.

Lindsey Morse, MS, CGC

Lindsey Morse MS, CGC is a senior genetic counselor at Ferre Genetics.  Lindsey received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Vermont and her Master of Science from Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Training Program.  She joined the Ferre Institute in 2006 and received her board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007.  Lindsey counsels patients in all areas of genetics from prenatal to adult genetics.  She lectures on a variety of genetic issues to community organizations including high school, university, and medical students, physicians, and community health programs. 

Lindsey is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American College of Medical Genetics, the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, and the Genetic Alliance. She was an information specialist with Pregnancy Risk Network (MotherToBaby New York) and served as co-director of the program from 2015 until it closed in 2021.  She also served on the Costello Syndrome Family Network board of directors as a member-at-large from 2013-2017. 

Laura Conjerti, MS, CGC

Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Geneseo and her Master of Science from Boston University.  She joined the Ferre Institute in 2022 and received her board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2013.  Laura is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.  She has lectured locally and nationally on topics of genetic counseling and testing.  Laura’s previous volunteer efforts include serving on the Board of the Familial Cancer Foundation of Western New York.

Alissa Bovee Terry, ScM, CGC

Alissa Terry is a board-certified Genetic Counselor in New York State and has worked in various capacities for the Genetic Counseling Program at the Ferre Institute since 2006.  Alissa received her BA in Biology from Cornell University in 2002, and her ScM in Genetic Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2006.    She has been working with the federally funded New York Mid-Atlantic Caribbean (NYMAC) Regional Genetics Network since 2016.  Currently, Alissa serves as the Project Manager and Telegenetics Navigator for NYMAC under Ferre Institute’s administration of the NYMAC grant.

Murray L. Nusbaum, MD: Founder of Ferre Institute

The late Dr. Murray Nusbaum was the founder, and the first Medical Director, of Ferre Institute Inc. He was the Medical Advisor to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) for New York State. He spent many years in the private practice of reproductive medicine and infertility before becoming Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He was credited for the promotion of concurrent evaluation of infertile couples.

In addition, his clinical work resulted in a unique research database that has been central to numerous papers and congressional reports on the practice of infertility. In 2004, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from District II (New York State) ACOG. Dr. Nusbaum advocated for the integration of genetic discussions in clinical practice for 30 years. He was a frequent lecturer to professional and community groups about the importance of genetics in our daily lives. In addition, he was involved in enhancement of ob-gyn services in rural counties of New York State with an emphasis on the Mohawk Valley and the North Country.