Cancer Genetics Team

At NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, our High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program team works together to determine a person’s risk for developing cancer and to provide genetic counseling.

Our team is led by Dr. Ophira Ginsburg. Other members of our cancer genetics team include the following.

Shabnam Asgari, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Ms. Asgari is a board-certified genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics. She is a clinical supervisor for the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Human Genetics. Her professional interests include universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome in endometrial cancer; cancer susceptibility in rare genetic syndromes; educational outreach; and psychosocial counseling in cancer-prone families.

Anna Cantor, MA, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Ms. Cantor is a board-certified cancer genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics and is a clinical supervisor for students in the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Human Genetics. Her professional and research interests include promoting awareness about BRCA genetic mutations in the Ashkenazi Jewish community; pediatric cancer syndromes; cancer susceptibility in rare genetic syndromes; and psychosocial counseling in cancer-prone families.

Rachelle Chambers, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Ms. Chambers is a board-certified genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics. She is a clinical supervisor for the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Human Genetics. Her research interests include universal tumor screening for Lynch syndrome; familial gastrointestinal cancer and polyposis; cancer susceptibility in rare genetic syndromes; and psychosocial counseling in cancer-prone families.

Jessica Martineau, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Ms. Martineau is a board-certified genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics. She is a clinical supervisor for the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Human Genetics. Her professional and research interests include familial gynecologic cancers; cancer susceptibility in rare genetic syndromes; and psychosocial counseling in cancer-prone families.

Shalena Alleyne, Medical Secretary

Ms. Alleyne is the medical secretary for the High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program. She builds partnerships with the program’s referring physicians and advocates for patients.