Steph Guerra, Ph.D. is a former cancer research lab rat transitioning to a career in health policy. Starting in September 2019, she will be a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the Veterans Administration working on projects related to healthcare innovation and 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. One of her greatest accomplishments in graduate school was the organization of a daylong biomedical science conference aimed at the public, an event that attracts over one hundred attendees annually that is now entering its fifth year.
Steph enjoys working to drive innovation that exerts positive impact equitably across society and will devote her career to this endeavor.
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