BME Graduate Student Imagines the Possibilities of Personalized Medicine

Victoria Burns
Iowa Graduate College

Fifth-year Biomedical Engineering PhD student Mallory Tollefson is imagining the possibilities of personalized medicine. And when she says personalized, she means it. She envisions a future where patients diagnosed as deaf would get their genomes sequenced so that she and other researchers could “identify variants that are unique to their genetics.” Then, she explains, “I would take those genetic variants and figure out which one or multiple ones are causing their deafness. And then with that data, we could potentially collaborate with people to design therapeutics to treat that deafness.” Read full article here.

Headshot of Mallory outdoors