Jill Fahrner, M.D., Ph.D.
Jill Fahrner, first year
resident in the
Institute of Genetic
Why did you choose to do a residency in genetics?
FAHRNER: I’m fascinated by the idea that a change at the level of a person's DNA can cause a syndrome affecting multiple organ systems. I enjoy trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle into a genetic syndrome when patients present with multiple, seemingly unrelated problems. Finally, as geneticists, we often diagnose rare disorders, and families are often very grateful, which is truly rewarding. This residency training program will provide me with the expertise to focus on pediatric patients with genetic disorders.
What, specifically, are your research interests?
FAHRNER: I have done research in multiple areas within the field of genetics, including epigenetic changes in colorectal cancer, gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, and fatty acid oxidation defects. I still am interested in epigenetics but not sure what specific research I will focus on during my residency training.
Why did you choose to study genetics at Johns Hopkins?
FAHRNER: I felt that I would fit in well with the faculty and other residents. I was previously at Hopkins for my Ph.D. training, and I loved the collaborative atmosphere. Also, the opportunities for research at Hopkins are endless, and the Hopkins Genetics program is one of the best in the country.
What do you envision yourself doing after your residency?
FAHRNER: I hope to be a physician scientist with my own basic science research lab and seeing patients with genetic disorders.