Isis brings both scientific and nonprofit expertise to FARF and the wider FA community. She earned a doctorate in cancer biology from the University of Arizona in 2007 and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Oregon in 2016. She was an NIH-funded cancer researcher at the University of Arizona for over 10 years, where she focused her research on the role of nerves and environment on tumor growth. Following this, Isis worked as a biomedical research consultant and coach for academic centers across the country, contributing to federal grant proposals focused on clinical and basic research.
She joined the FARF team in 2018. As Scientific Director, Isis oversees all scientific and clinical initiatives, including all research grants and the development of an FA Cancer Consortium. She works closely with the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board to advance FARF's scientific priorities, with a major focus on advancing FA cancer research. She led the development of the 2020 FA Clinical Care Guidelines, the standard of care for FA diagnostics and disease management.
In her free time, Isis enjoys running and exploring the many nature trails in Oregon with her husband and three children.