Jennifer Ivanovich, MS, MBA, CGC

Clinical, Research, and Community Outreach Overview

Ms. Ivanovich is a board-certified clinical cancer genetic counselor and a research assistant professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Ivanovich provides genetic counseling, assessment and education to individuals with a personal or family history of cancer type. Individuals are evaluated in the Cancer Genetics Clinic at the Siteman Cancer Center, directed by Dr. Alison Whelan, a board-certified clinical geneticist. Jennifer’s special clinical interest is in the care of young adults with cancer. Jennifer has been a co-investigator on several cancer genetics studies including studies focused on breast cancer, AML, bone marrow failure, and rare cancer syndromes. Jennifer was a member of the research team responsible for the discovery of the DICER1 gene as the basis for the pleuropulmonary blastoma cancer syndrome. Currently, Jennifer serves as a co-investigator for two studies focused on the identification of novel genetic risk factors for breast cancer development among young breast cancer survivors and a health communications study designed to understand communication preferences regarding information obtained from whole genome sequencing. Ms. Ivanovich is the co-founder and director of the Young Women's Breast Cancer Program, a community support and education program for women diagnosed before 45 years of age. In 2011, Jennifer received a grant from the CDC to expand education services to young adults with cancer. 

Research Staff
Khateriaa Pyrtel, MS
Kay Coker


National Institutes of Health
R01 CA168608 (Kaphingst)
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2015
Communication Preferences for Genome Sequencing Results in Breast Cancer Patients
The goals of this study are to investigate communication preferences for whole genome sequencing results and factors affecting these communication preferences among women diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 or younger who are BRCA1/2 mutation negative with a strong family history of breast cancer and to compare communication preferences between this patient population and other young breast cancer patients.

National Institutes of Health
R01 CA151853-01A1 (Goodfellow)
9/06/11 – 8/31/14
Copy Number Variants in Early Onset Breast Cancer
The major goal of this research project is to identify novel genetic factors associated with early-onset breast cancer.  
Role: Principal Investigator, Washington University subcontract

Centers for Disease Control
9/30/11 – 9/29/14
The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program: Expanding Services for Young Survivors

The goal of this grant is to provide ongoing support and education services to young survivors who live in the St. Louis region and expand services to young adults who live throughout the country.
Role: Principal Investigator