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Fulbright scholar doing genetic research in Iceland

Meghann Lyons ’02 is working with a genetics research team at the University of Iceland Medical School on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Iceland is of great interest to geneticists. Geographically isolated, Icelanders have developed a common genetic history.

“Iceland is developing a giant database combining the health records, genealogical backgrounds and DNA profiles of every citizen,” Lyons says. “From this, important genetic advances can be undertaken.”

Following her fellowship, Lyons plans to enroll in an M.D./Ph.D. program to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, and to complete her doctoral work in genetics.

“I aspire to be able to work as a doctor specializing in genetic testing,” Lyons says.

“I would be able to work with the patients faced with genetic diseases or disorders, and be able to analyze and diagnose the situations at hand using genetic testing methods.”