Every informatician has a unique spark that drives them to uncover insights from data that will ultimately impact patient care. For Marylyn Ritchie, PhD, Director, Biomedical and Translational Informatics Program of Geisinger Research at The Pennsylvania State University, that spark is genomic research – finding ways to improve understanding of the genetic and environmental basis of disease.
From cancer to diabetes, Marylyn’s work helps to identify what may make a patient more susceptible to a disease and how their genes increase this vulnerability, which ultimately allows for more precise and personalized medicine for patients.
Why Informatics? So, we can better understand the unique differences we all have to inform our personalized health and medical care.