Fernanda Arnaldez, MD, Clinical Fellow
Dr. Fernanda Arnaldez received her M.D. from University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she graduated with high honors. She completed her Pediatric Internship and Residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ricardo Gutierrez Children's Hospital) serving as the Chief Resident in 2003. In 2005, she joined the Pediatric Residency Program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was granted awards recognizing excellence in patient care and medical education. She was board certified in Pediatrics in 2008. She joined the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Johns Hopkins / National Cancer Institute Fellowship Training Program in 2008 and became the Chief Fellow in 2010.
Dr. Arnaldez works on understanding signaling pathways involved in the biology of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) in order to improve the outcome of patients affected by this tumor. Her goal is to identify the molecular determinants of rhabdomyosarcoma biology in order to apply this knowledge to develop novel targeted therapies. The laboratory has generated a short hairpin RNA screen to identify genes whose expression is required specifically in cells bearing the t(2;13) translocation that is the hallmark of alveolar RMS.