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. As Director of Scientific Operations, Isis spearheads initiatives to maximize the progress and success of FA research. She oversees the grants program, develops scientific meetings, and serves as the scientific bridge between all pillars of the organization. “I am very excited to bring new ideas and direction to the research focus of the organization, and to work with all the brilliant minds of the FA community on a path of discovery to combat FA. Ultimately, I am excited about the possibility of contributing to a solution that will one day eliminate suffering from this disease.” Originally from Arizona, she now lives with her husband, three adorable children, and affectionate dog in Eugene, OR. In her free time, Isis enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to her children play violin and cello, serving on the board of a local nonprofit, and trail running.
What and who inspires you?
My children, curiosity about the natural world and science, individuals who rise above hardship, and the possibility of influencing change and making a lasting and positive impact on the world.