About Us

Genetics Engage is an initiative set up by Sasha Henriques and Mavis Machirori after many hours and texts of shared angst and hopes for genetics and genomics knowledge and practices as a global health issue.

Sasha is a Genetic Counsellor practicing in the UK. She is passionate about inclusive participation and culturally appropriate care. Sasha has 10 years experience of working in the National Health Service and has worked for a short time in South Africa. She champions and advocates for more cultural diversity in the genetic counselling workforce and race equality in the wider healthcare to create better services for all.

Mavis is a health and social science researcher with a background in midwifery. She is interested in understanding and critiquing the societal impacts of genetics and genomics technologies and the role of diverse perspectives and practices in the field. Mavis researches genetics and genomics practices, research and engagement and thinks about how these can be tailored to communities, instead of creating further social and health inequalities.