Alena Egense, B.S., M.G.C.

Licensed and Certified Genetic Counselor

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Genetic Counseling

Genomic Medicine, Pediatrics

Adult Genomic Medicine

Metabolic Genetics

Ocular Genetics



Locations and Contact

2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Alena Egense is a licensed and board certified pediatric and adult genetic counselor who works with individuals who have a personal or family history of a genetic condition or are at risk of a genetic condition. She has interests in ocular, neuromuscular and metabolic genetics. In addition to her role in the Medical Genetics clinic, Alena serves as the lead genetic counselor for the Ocular Genomics clinic and is part of the metabolic newborn screen follow-up team at UC Davis. Outside of her clinical role at UC Davis, Alena enjoys working with families and other professionals through her position on the Clinical Advisory Board in the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation.


Genomic Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute

Undergraduate School

B.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 2009

Other School

M.G.C., University of Maryland, Baltimore MD 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Masters in Genetic Counseling Class of 2019 NSGC Outstanding Supervisor Award Recipient, 2019

Thesis Grant Recipient, National Society of Genetic Counselors Pediatric Special Interest Group, 2012

University of Maryland School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Scholarship, 2011

Rauen KA, Maeda Y, Egense A, Tidyman WE. Familial cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome: Vertical transmission of the BRAF p.G464R pathogenic variant and review of the literature. Am J Med Genet A. 2021 Feb;185(2):469-475. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.61995. Epub 2020 Dec 4. PMID:33274568.

Leppert K, Bisordi K, Nieto J, Maloney K, Guan Y, Dixon S, Egense A. Genetic Counselors' Experience with and Opinions on the Management of Newborn Screening Incidental Carrier Findings. J Genet Couns. 2018 Dec;27(6):1328-1340. doi:10.1007/s10897-018-0258-0. Epub 2018 Apr 23. PMID:29687313.

Dawson VJ, Dao D, Leu M, Egense A, Jinadu L, Malone L, Alexander J. Tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis (TINU) with granulomatosis: a novel report of simultaneous TINU and sarcoidosis in a pediatric patient. J AAPOS. 2018 Aug;22(4):329-331.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jaapos.2018.02.004. Epub 2018 Mar 31. PMID:29614344.

Zarate YA, Smith-Hicks CL, Greene C, Abbott MA, Siu VM, Calhoun ARUL, Pandya A, Li C, Sellars EA, Kaylor J, Bosanko K, Kalsner L, Basinger A, Slavotinek AM, Perry H, Saenz M, Szybowska M, Wilson LC, Kumar A, Brain C, Balasubramanian M, Dubbs H, Ortiz-Gonzalez XR, Zackai E, Stein Q, Powell CM, Schrier Vergano S, Britt A, Sun A, Smith W, Bebin EM, Picker J, Kirby A, Pinz H, Bombei H, Mahida S, Cohen JS, Fatemi A, Vernon HJ, McClellan R, Fleming LR, Knyszek B, Steinraths M, Velasco Gonzalez C, Beck AE, Golden-Grant KL, Egense A, Parikh A, Raimondi C, Angle B, Allen W, Schott S, Algrabli A, Robin NH, Ray JW, Everman DB, Gambello MJ, Chung WK. Natural history and genotype-phenotype correlations in 72 individuals with SATB2-associated syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2018 Apr;176(4):925-935. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.38630. Epub 2018 Feb 13. PMID:29436146.

Kline AD, Krantz ID, Deardorff MA, Shirahige K, Dorsett D, Gerton JL, Wu M, Mehta D, Mills JA, Carrico CS, Noon S, Herrera PS, Horsfield JA, Bettale C, Morgan J, Huisman SA, Moss J, McCleery J, Grados M, Hansen BD, Srivastava S, Taylor-Snell E, Kerr LM, Katz O, Calof AL, Musio A, Egense A, Haaland RE. Cornelia de Lange syndrome and molecular implications of the cohesin complex: Abstracts from the 7th biennial scientific and educational symposium 2016. Am J Med Genet A. 2017 May;173(5):1172-1185. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.38161. Epub 2017 Feb 12. PMID:28190301.

Kline AD, Calof AL, Lander AD, Gerton JL, Krantz ID, Dorsett D, Deardorff MA, Blagowidow N, Yokomori K, Shirahige K, Santos R, Woodman J, Megee PC, O'Connor JT, Egense A, Noon S, Belote M, Goodban MT, Hansen BD, Timmons JG, Musio A, Ishman SL, Bryan Y, Wu Y, Bettini LR, Mehta D, Zakari M, Mills JA, Srivastava S, Haaland RE. Clinical, developmental and molecular update on Cornelia de Lange syndrome and the cohesin complex: abstracts from the 2014 Scientific and Educational Symposium. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Jun;167(6):1179-92. doi:10.1002/ajmg.a.37056. Epub 2015 Apr 21. PMID:25899772.