Stephanie A. Wankowicz

Advocating for Science Research at the California Statehouse, January 2020

I am a computational structural biologist with a special interest in combining high throughput genomic data with structural data. I love to use and create computational tools from different fields to answer questions we cannot currently probe using experimental methods. I frequently going ‘dumpster diving’ in various types of data to uncover previously unknown insights.

Currently, I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California San Francisco in James Fraser’s lab building software tools to detect dynamics from static X-ray crystallography structures. Many of these dynamics occur at timescales that can only be uncovered by looking at the noise in high resolution X-ray cyrstallography or cryo-EM structures. My goal is to develop methods to improve modeling these dyanamics and to apply it to systems characterized by various perturbations or well described by various genomic techniques.

I am currently supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and the [UCSF Discovery Fellows Program] (

Previously, I was a computational biologist in Eli Van Allen’s lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Broad Institute. My work involved understanding the connection between tumor/germline genetics and response to therapy in genitourinary cancers. Before that, I was a Research Data Specialist in the Genitourinary Department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where I managed clinical and translational projects in the Bladder Cancer Research Center. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Outside of science, I love biking and running around the Bay Area. I am a proud member of November Project San Francisco (#justshowup). On the weekends, I am frequently hiking or skiing the Mountains.