Genetic Counselling Asia (GCA) is a private limited company based in Malaysia. Due to the limited genetic professionals in developing countries, we hope to bridge the gap to make genetic counselling and genetic testing accessible to all individuals that need genetic services. . Our team consists of board certified genetic counsellors and a clinical geneticist with more than 20 years clinical experience in the field of genetic counselling, clinical genetics, research and medical training
Juliana Lee, FHGSA (Genetic Counselling)
Ms Juliana Lee is a certified genetic counsellor and licensed counsellor from Malaysia. Ms Lee is the first genetic counsellor from Asia to be certified by Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA). With 13 years of experience in clinical genetics, she founded Genetic Counselling Asia in 2015, a company aimed to make genetic counselling and genetic testing more accessible in Southeast Asia. Apart from conducting genetic counselling sessions, she consults organizations that require training and genetic counselling support services.
Her pursuit to become a genetic counsellor began in 2002 after obtaining her Bachelors in Genetics from National University of Malaysia and completing her Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling at the University of Melbourne in 2003. In 2009, she graduated with Master of Counselling from University Malaya.
From April 2004 to May 2014, she worked as a Medical Social Worker providing genetic counselling at University Malaya Medical Centre under mentorship of Professor Dr M.K. Thong, the first clinical geneticist in Malaysia. From October 2014 to December 2017, Ms Lee provided consulting services to a molecular diagnostics company based in Singapore to set up genetic counselling services to support clinicians and conduct training on the latest genetic tests such as NIPT, hereditary cancer panel testing, expanded carrier testing and somatic cancer testing to clinicians in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam.
Ms. Lee has made significant contributions to the field of genetic counselling in Malaysia. She is the Vice-President of the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia (PSGCA) and volunteers at Malaysian Rare Disorders Society, a patient organization she helped establish in 2004. She was also a visiting lecturer for the first genetic counselling program at National University of Malaysia between 2015 to 2017. Her research interests include reproductive genetics, rare disorders and cultural influences in genetic counselling.