Dr. Eddie Méndez Postdoctoral Symposium

Join Us At The Virtual Symposium

Join us at our symposium and learn about the research projects of current Eddie Méndez Award Scholars. Award recipients are recognized as outstanding postdoctoral fellows who are conducting cancer, infectious disease or basic science research.


This symposium honors Dr. Eddie Méndez, a physician-scientist at Fred Hutch and cherished colleague and mentor. Dr. Méndez’s commitment to cancer research and to supporting early career scientists from underrepresented minority groups.

The event recognizes the outstanding diverse postdoctoral fellows from throughout the United States who are conducting cancer, infectious disease or basic science research. We welcome you to attend  and hear this year’s cohort of 10 outstanding postdoctoral fellows will share their science with the Fred Hutch community.

Join us in person on the Fred Hutch campus or virtually on Zoom

Monday-Tuesday, September 19-20, 2022
Start Time:
10 a.m. PDT
Pelton Auditorium and Zoom


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Scheduled Sessions

Monday, September 19

Session 1: Public Health Sciences Division

Photo of Lesley Chapman Hannah

10: 00 a.m.

Lesley Chapman Hannah, National Cancer Institute

Evaluation of Germline Risk Variants in Pediatric Cancer

Photo of Brittany Lord

10:30 a.m.

Brittany Lord, National Cancer Institute

The Influence of Neighborhood Deprivation on the DNA Methylome in Breast Tissue From a Diverse Cohort

Session 2: Human Biology / Clinical Research Divisions

Aaron Moye

11:00 a.m.

Aaron Moye, Boston Children's Hospital

Identifying Regulators of Early-stage Lung Cancer

Jaye Gardner

11:30 a.m.

Jaye Gardner, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Bioinformatic Analyses Reveal a Novel Role for Ang–Tie2 Signaling in Pancreatic Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts

Session 3: Immunotherapy Integrated Research Center / Immunology Program

Aileen Fernandez

12:00 p.m.

Aileen Fernandez, Yale University

Chasing the Negative: A Search for Resistance Biomarkers in Immunotherapy-Treated Patients

Daniel Fernando Zegarra-Ruiz

12:30 p.m.

Daniel Fernando Zegarra-Ruiz, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Microbiota-Specific T cell Development          

Tuesday, September 20

Session 4: Basic Sciences Division

María Angélica Bravo Núñez

11:00 a.m.

María Angélica Bravo Núñez, Harvard University

The Role of Meiotic Factors in Ploidy Dynamics

Luis Hernandez-Nuñez

11:30 a.m.

Luis Hernandez-Nuñez, Harvard University

Heart-Brain Feedback Loops: The Neural Mechanisms of Cardiac Homeostasis

Session 5: Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Alexis Jaramillo Cartagena

12:00 p.m.

Alexis Jaramillo Cartagena, Broad Institute

Mechanism-Dependent Phenotypic Responses of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE)

David Martinez

12:30 p.m.

David Martinez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Immunologic Approaches to Emerging Coronavirus Infections

View the Symposium Program for the Detailed Agenda

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Dr. Eddie Méndez, 2014 Photo by Bo Jungmayer / Fred Hutch

About the Eddie Méndez Scholar Award

Dr. Eddie Méndez was a physician-scientist and cherished colleague at Fred Hutch who died of cancer in 2018 at age 45. An expert in head and neck cancers, Méndez was known for being passionate about developing new therapies to help prevent cancer treatment side effects and save his patients’ lives.

Méndez, a native of Puerto Rico, attended Princeton University and then obtained a medical degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore. He later came to University of Washington as a surgical resident, eventually spearheading minimally invasive robotic surgery for these tumors (he was the first in Washington state to perform such surgery.)

In 2019, Fred Hutch leadership created the Dr. Eddie Méndez Scholar Award to extend his commitment to supporting early-career scientists, particularly those from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral fellows from any discipline who are conducting cancer, infectious disease, or basic science research and individuals who are eligible are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science based on the NIH definition.

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This symposium is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Diversity