Biography

Elana J Fertig, PhD

Dr. Fertig’s lab pursues research in the systems biology of cancer and therapeutic response.  She develops computational methods for pattern detection from genomics data and integration of diverse high-throughput data modalities. These algorithms are applied to analyze data from diverse cancer types, with a primary focus on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and therapeutic resistance. 


Dr. Fertig is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University, with affiliations in the Institute of Computational Medicine, Center for Computational Genomics, Machine Learning, and the Center for Computational Biology. Prior to entering the field of computational cancer biology, Dr Fertig was a NASA research fellow in numerical weather prediction. Dr. Fertig’s research is featured in numerous peer reviewed publications, R/Bioconductor packages, and independent research funding. She led the team that won the HPN-DREAM8 algorithm to predict phospho-proteomic trajectories from therapeutic response in cancer cells and her research has been featured in an article in US News and World Reports and Time Magazine.