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Allison McCague (PhD Student, Human Genetics)

Allison McCague is a doctoral student in Human Genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Delaware, where her undergraduate research focus was Drosophila developmental genetics. Her research interests include the molecular genetics of Mendelian disease and ELSI issues surrounding genetic testing. Her thesis work at the Institute of Genetic Medicine involves the functional characterization of CFTR variants and testing small molecule therapies for these mutations. Through her work at the Berman Bioethics Institute, she seeks to understand whether medical actionability affects how families affected by genetic risk view genetic testing by exploring whether the views of CF carrier couples regarding genetic testing have changed as small molecule therapies have become available for cystic fibrosis.