Jessica Silva-Fisher, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am a Tejana (Texan) born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I received my B.S. in Biology at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. I received my Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science under Dr. David Smith. My postgraduate career focused on gaining basic computational skills at the McDonnell Genome Institute under Drs. Elaine Mardis and Richard Wilson and translational research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis under Dr. Christopher Maher.

My work focuses on the study of aggressive metastatic disease and how we can use our knowledge of basic biology to create novel therapies for treating patients. I enjoy characterizing long non-coding RNAs binding capability to proteins and their downstream gene regulation. I use a multi-disciplinary approach for studying long non-coding RNAs including advance techniques in genomics, epigenetics, molecular biology, and RNA biology.

In addition, I am the Co-Director of the Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia (MEDA). Here, we connect senior level faculty with under-represented (URM) trainees for mentorship and provide valuable resources for career development.


Prasanth Thunguntla

Senior Research Technician


Dr. Jess Bobble-Head

Bobble-head Investigator


Dr. J Lego


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