Selene Fernandez is a bioinformatician working on the evolution of gene regulatory mechanisms underlying the phenotypic diversity and cell differentiation in multicellular eukaryotes. She is particularly interested in the regulatory roles of non-coding RNAs in these processes.
Selene has a Bachelor in Genomic Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (LCG-UNAM). She has a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB) at the University of Queensland, Australia, with postdoctoral training at the School of Biological Sciences at the same university.
In addition to her academic roles, Selene actively participates in initiatives that link scientists and the general public (such as Mas Ciencia por Mexico, Clubes de Ciencia Mexico), programs to introduce researchers to computing (Software/Data Carpentry) as well as mentoring programs (Ekpapalek and Mujeres en STEM: Futuras Líderes).
She was one of five recipients of the L’Oreal-UNESCO research fellowship For Women in Science - Mexico chapter - in the year 2016.