Shirley, as photographed in USC Virterbi Magazine.
Metastatic Ovarian Cancer
Winter 2022. Shirley is a computational biologist and physicist who has worked at iconic institutions such as NASA and Caltech, where solving difficult science and engineering problems was a part of daily life. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage IIIc in September, 2013 and is highly motivated to survive to raise her children, aged 3 and 9 years old at the time of diagnosis. As a scientist, she pursued getting her tumor DNA and RNA sequenced under a research protocol at a translational genomics institute, and conducting her own research on the data. In the seven plus years since diagnosis, she has continued to pursue out of the box treatment options based upon her tumor’s molecular characteristics and helped others do the same. Unfortunately, in the fall of 2020, the disease entered a new and more aggressive phase.
We invite all scientists, researchers with established pipelines and medical professionals to participate in Shirley's case. Research to the People's cases are open participation, open data and open results. Submitted analysis will remain through our website.
Media featuring Shirley:
CANCER IN THE TIME OF ALGORITHMS - USC Viterbi Magazine
Harvard Medical School Institute of Biomedical Informatics - Keynote at Precision Medicine 2017
Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer, a Researcher Mined TCGA Data to Study Her Own Disease - NIH NCI Cancer.gov