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Meet The Team //

Melissa Paquin, PhD

Doctorate degree in Healthcare Genetics from Clemson University with an emphasis on cancer genetics. Dr. Paquin has experience in utilizing secondary datasets as well as in genetic epidemiology with a focus on developing clinically relevant results. She is also an experienced educator at the collegiate level.


Paquin M., Fasolino T., and Steck M. (2019). Breast cancer risk prediction models: challenges in clinical application.

Clinical Journal Oncology Nursing. 23(3), 256-259. doi: 10.1188/19.CJON.256-259.

Paquin M. & Fasolino T. (2020) Genetic manifestations of hereditary renal cancer: identification and management

of patients and families at increased risk.

Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 1;24(4):356-359. doi: 10.1188/20.CJON.356-359.

Paquin M. and Fasolino T. (Under Review). Papillary renal cell carcinoma: Epidemiology,

subtype classification, and various genetic pathways of disease. Clinical Advisor

Paquin M., Fasolino T., Bible J., Steck MB., and Williams J. (Under Review). Comparison of

papillary renal cell carcinoma type 1 and type 2: A secondary data analysis using the cancer genome atlas. Kidney


Karin Fredrikson, PhD

Dr. Fredrikson holds a doctorate degree in Healthcare Genetics from Clemson University where she focused on the clinical application of pharmacogenomics; specifically palliative care drugs. Dr. Fredrikson has an extensive background in biotechnology including marketing, sales, product development as well as clinical

operations and regulations. She is also experienced in a wide variety of genetic

testing technologies.


Pharmacogenetic Testing: The Ethics of Implementing in Clinical Practice for Chronic Pain Patients Fredrikson, K. M., & Fasolino, T. (2020). Pharmacogenetic Testing: The Ethics of Implementing in Clinical Practice for Chronic Pain Patients. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, 34(2), 69-76.  


Sequencing of diverse mandarin, pummelo and orange genomes reveals complex history of admixture during citrus domestication.  Wu GA, Prochnik S, Jenkins J, Salse J, Hellsten U, Murat F, Perrier X, Ruiz M, Scalabrin S, Terol J, Takita MA, Labadie K, Poulain J, Couloux A, Jabbari K, Cattonaro F, Del Fabbro C, Pinosio S, Zuccolo A, Chapman J, Grimwood J, Tadeo FR, Estornell LH, Muñoz-Sanz JV, Ibanez V, Herrero-Ortega A, Aleza P, Pérez-Pérez J, Ramón D, Brunel D, Luro F, Chen C, Farmerie WG, Desany B, Kodira C, Mohiuddin M, Harkins T, Fredrikson K, Burns P, Lomsadze A, Borodovsky M, Reforgiato G, Freitas-Astúa J, Quetier F, Navarro L, Roose M, Wincker P, Schmutz J, Morgante M, Machado MA, Talon M, Jaillon O, Ollitrault P, Gmitter F, Rokhsar D. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Jun 8. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2906.  


Microbes, metagenomes and marine mammals: enabling the next generation of scientist to enter the genomic era.  Edwards RA, Haggerty JM, Cassman N, Busch JC, Aguinaldo K, Chinta S, Vaughn MH, Morey R, Harkins TT, Teiling C, Fredrikson K, Dinsdale EA. BMC Genomics. 2013 Sep 4;14:600. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-600

Donna Eaton, Lt Col, USAF, MS,BSN

Lt Colonel Eaton is currently an active-duty Registered Nurse with the United States Airforce and holds a BSN, bachelors in health management as well as a masters in disaster management. During an extensive 30-year nursing career, Lt Col Eaton has gained experience in a multitude of clinical care settings included but not limited to emergency services, pediatrics, intensive care, and community healthcare clinics. Lt Col Eaton has an extensive background in healthcare leadership and promotion, playing an integral role in the development of safe transport units for infectious diseases such as SARS-CoV- 2.


Critical Care Registered Nurse

Certified Emergency Nurse 

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