Normandale hosts Slice of Life Event – Dr. Shellie Kieke “Ancestry, Disease and Mid-life Career Changes”

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relatinos

Dr. Shellie Kieke, Licensed Laboratory Genetic Counselor at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, will speak about ancestry, disease and mid-life career changes on Monday, November 5 starting at 7:30 p.m. in Dale Lorenz Fine Arts Auditorium

Genetics and personalized medicine play an increasingly important role in healthcare and are a more visible presence in our everyday lives. With just a few clicks, you can order a DNA test online from the comfort of your own home. Using examples from the news, clinic, and her own life, Dr. Kieke will help you navigate at home DNA tests as well as clinical genetic testing. She will also talk about her decision to go back to school and change careers at age 40.

Dr. Kieke's fate as a scientist was sealed at age 10 when she asked for a microscope for Christmas. She went on to earn a BA in biology at the College of St. Benedict and a Ph.D. in cell biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

After teaching undergraduate biology for 10 years, she went back to school to study genetic counseling at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kieke is passionate about educating healthcare providers, clinical laboratory staff, patients, and the general public about genetics and genetic testing.

For more information on this event, please contact Normandale biology instructor Carrie Ketel Opheim at