Scientist: Aileen Fernandez, Ph.D.
Aileen Fernandez’s postdoctoral research is in translational oncology and focuses on identifying and developing biomarkers to better identify which patients with cancer will respond to targeted therapies, improving patient care. Aileen completed her PhD in the Tumor Biology training program at Georgetown University (GU) in 2019. While there, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Rebecca B. Riggins and focused on triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive breast cancer subtype that disproportionally affects African-American women and lacks targeted therapies. While at GU, Aileen co-founded the Women in Science and Education (WISE) group with her colleagues, serving as the group’s strategist, secretary, and diversity liaison.
Aileen is passionate about leveling accessibility in science and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also strongly believes in improving science communication to better disseminate information from the scientists’ bench to society.