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 30 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 by 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 also a consultant with Pregnancy Risk Network (MotherToBaby New York), the NYS Teratogen Information Service, and has served as co-director of the program since 2015.
She served on the Costello Syndrome Family Network board of directors as a member-at-large from 2013-2017. Lindsey is also 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.
Alissa Bovee Terry, ScM, CGC
Alissa Bovee Terry, ScM, CGC is a 2002 graduate of Cornell University with a BS in biology and genetics. Prior to her career as a Genetic Counselor, she worked at the National Institutes of Health studying breast cancer protein biology. Alissa is a 2006 graduate from the Johns Hopkins/NIH Genetic Counseling Master of Science Program. Her graduate thesis focused on the impact of hereditary cancer on young family members, and was titled: “The Role of Family History and Perceived Heredity in Adolescents’ Adaptation to their Mother’s Breast Cancer.” After graduation, she worked briefly as a cancer genetic counselor in a large community hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. Alissa has provided various lectures to community organizations, students, physicians, and other health professionals.
She has consulted with the NYS Congenital Malformations Registry to provide education about birth defects and genetics issues, and collaborates with the New York State Mid-Atlantic Regional Genetics Network (NYMAC) on projects related to family history and telegenetics. Alissa is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She joined the Community Genetics Program of the Ferre Institute in 2006 and received her board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2007.
Claire Anderson Boring, ScM, CGC
Claire Anderson Boring, ScM, CGC is a graduate of Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a 2016 graduate from the Johns Hopkins/NIH Genetic Counseling Training Program. Her graduate thesis focused on the factors influencing Genetic Counselors in screening their adolescent patients for suicide risk. Prior to her genetic counseling training, Claire worked at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark studying human chromosomal translocations and was employed as a research technician in a cancer genetics lab at Cornell University.
Claire joined the Ferre Institute in 2016 and received her board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2016.
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.