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Outside the Lab Genetics and epigenetics, Profession, Omics

From Bench to Bedside and Back Again

What inspired you to study medicine – and what drew you to genetics?

As an undergraduate, I was interested in the physical sciences, and had planned on attending graduate school to do chemistry. However, my father and grandfather were both physicians, and I made the decision that if I was going to have a career in science, I wanted the results of my research to be closely connected to improving outcomes for patients. So I decided to enter a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Michigan.

My interest in genetics derived from my work as a young scientist and physician – my training really set the stage for my entire career. My motivation came from the interactions I had with patients during my research, as well as in my clinical rotations in pediatrics. I got to know three different patients who had really awful genetic diseases – a young man with Lesch–Nyhan syndrome, and one who had metachromatic leukodystrophy. The third patient – one who left a lasting impression on me – was a young boy with a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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