Francisco Sanchez-Vega, PhD, M Eng

Francisco Sanchez-Vega, PhD, M Eng

Assistant Attending Computational Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Abstract 3058. Characterization of the tumor microbiome in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer treated with neoadjuvant therapy.

What are your long-term career objectives? 

My research focuses on translational applications of machine learning, statistical modeling, and computational methods to the field of cancer genomics and precision oncology. I am interested in integrative analyses of clinical, genomic, and socioeconomic factors that can help to understand the aggressive behavior of colorectal cancer in African American patients, with the ultimate goal of identifying opportunities to intervene and improve outcomes. 

Please share information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years. 

During the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many computational scientists like me to work mostly remotely and has deprived us of much-needed face-to-face human and social interactions. However, these difficult times have also shown us that our community has extraordinary resilience and we all remain strongly committed and motivated to move forward in the fight against cancer, no matter the adversity.