My Mission

Dr. Steph Guerra is a cancer biologist working in health policy. She is currently a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Office of Research and Development in the Department of Veteran Affairs working on healthcare innovation and projects related to mitigating the opioid epidemic. She believes that innovative medical technologies and treatments should be designed by everyone, for everyone, and accessible to everyone. This belief has driven her passion for science policy that focuses on broadening participation in the STEM workforce, promoting diversity, inclusion, and excellence in translational research and clinical trials, and developing an approachable science-based healthcare system.

Steph is a former science policy fellow with the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) at the National Academies. Her work focused on increasing diversity and inclusion across the scientific enterprise.

Steph received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Her thesis work focused on the development of novel targeted treatments for lung cancer patients though her scientific expertise extends to precision medicines across all solid tumors. Outside of her lab work, Steph spent much of her time at Harvard as the co-director of Science in the News, a science outreach group that bridges the gap between scientists and non-scientists by training over 250 graduate students each year in science communication.

Steph enjoys working to drive innovation that exerts positive impact equitably across society and will devote her career to this endeavor.

Science is a lever to move the country forward on multiple fronts
— Dr. Jim Gates

PhD, Harvard University 

Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Cancer Biology) 

Certificate in Science Communication 

Certificate in Science Policy

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 

BS, Carnegie Mellon University 

Biological Sciences (Developmental Biology)

BA, Carnegie Mellon University 

Hispanic Studies