Laura Fejerman, PhD
Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Institute of Human Genetics, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California San Francisco
Dr. Fejerman's research focuses on the discovery of genetic and non-genetic factors that contribute to breast cancer risk and prognosis in Latinas. Her past work established a relationship between genetic ancestry and breast cancer risk, where higher European ancestry in U.S. and Mexican Latinas was associated with an increased risk. Her subsequent research has built upon this observation, exploring genetic variants, through admixture mapping and genome-wide association approaches, as well as the possible environmental and lifestyle related factors, and ancestry-gene interactions. Recent work explores disparities in breast cancer prognosis in Latinas and its potential causes, including access to information, screening and care.
Dr. Fejerman is currently a member of the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council and Co-Chair of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative Breast Cancer Task Force. She earned her PhD in Biological Anthropology and MSc in Human Biology at the University of Oxford, England. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.