Sydney's abstract gets selected for "Lightning Talk"!


Silva-Fisher lab congratulates Sydney for her abstract "Identification of long non-coding RNAs as biomarkers for multiple myeloma progression" at 2021 NHGRI Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting to get accepted for a "Lightning Round Talk" and poster.

Dr. Silva-Fisher celebrates #WorldDownSyndromeDay


Silva-Fisher lab supports all people and is active in supporting her family in creating an all inclusive community for anyone with a disability to achieve their full potential and a long and happy life!

#lovealittleextra #WDSD2021 Celebrating our Abby Joy and lives born with a #littleextra. #DownSyndrome #DownSyndromeAwareness Happy #WorldDownSyndromeDay! 3/21 #Trisomy21 Learn more




1st Silva-Fisher abstract submission by Sydney


1st @JessSFisher lab abstract submitted to @dgsomucla 2021 NHGRI Research Training and Career Development Annual Meeting!

Title: Identification of long non-coding RNAs as biomarkers for multiple myeloma progression.

Author list: Sydney Anderson, Lijun Yao, Prasanth Thunuguntla, Julia Wang, Li Ding, and Jessica Silva-Fisher

Welcome Sydney to Silva-Fisher lab!


Sydney is joining our lab as an Opportunities in Genomics Research Extended Study Program Fellow! She will be focused on identifying lncRNAs in single cell sequencing (scRNA) data from myeloma patients.

Dr. Silva-Fisher highlighted in Molecular Cell!

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Honored to be a #Scientist highlighted

@MolecularCell "Voices on Diversity" edition. I hope my experiences give #hope #joy and #inspiration to fellow #Diverse groups pursuing a career in #STEM. Si Se Puede!-quoting my mom --Jessica

"As part of our commitment to amplifying the voices of underrepresented scientists, we will be publishing the insights and experiences of a panel of underrepresented scientists. To kick off this series, they introduce themselves, tell us what sparked their interest in science, and describe their scientific journeys. These are the personal opinions of the authors and may not reflect the views of their institutions." @MolecularCell

Part 1  Voices on Diversity: Multiple Paths to Becoming a Scientist

Part 2 Voices on Diversity: Overcoming Barriers to Pursuing a Career in Science

Part 3 Voices on Diversity: Combating Racial Inequality to Increase Diversity

Welcome Prasanth to Silva-Fisher lab!


Prasanth has joined our lab as Senior research tech.

Open positions


Senior Research Technician (Job ID: 47656) to perform and analyze research projects focusing on long non-coding transcripts in metastatic cancer including colon, breast, and myeloma to elucidate their mechanism of promoting aggressiveness and identify novel therapies. This includes DNA/RNA/protein isolations; tissue culture of human cells; RNA biology, molecular biology, and epigenetic techniques.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, eager to acquire new knowledge and skills on a regular basis, and must demonstrate critical thinking skills. The candidate is also expected to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff. They are also required to maintain complete and organized records and have working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.

Lab open for business!


After months of renovations and equipment delays the Silva-Fisher Lab is complete. Grateful for help from Dr. DiPersio, Julie R, collaboraters, Oncology admin, friends, family, and vendors.  

Dr. Silva-Fisher receives Faculty Diversity Scholar Award


Dr. Silva-Fisher received the WUSTL Faculty Diversity Scholar Award

Silva-Fisher Lab official opening


Dr. Silva-Fisher accepts Principal Investigator position in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology.

Mayo Alumni New Chapter Series highlights Dr. Silva-Fisher

Test Tubes

Jessica Silva-Fisher, Ph.D. (BMB ’11), is an RNA cancer researcher who grew up in a “Tex-Mex” culture in San Antonio, Texas. She benefited from an elementary school teacher who saw her potential, summer programs for students interested in health care, Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) programs. Dr. Silva-Fisher is the first person in her family to graduate from college. An interest in cancer research was accelerated when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She recently received a K22 award to start her own lab, where she conducts cancer research studying the function of regulatory RNAs.

Paper Published in Nature Communication


Silva-Fisher, J.M., Dang, H.X., White, N.M. et al. Long non-coding RNA RAMS11 promotes metastatic colorectal cancer progression. Nat Commun 11, 2156 (2020).