Dr. Fernández is currently a research associate professor and is Director of the Department of Biomedical Informatics' Center for Biostatistics. As part of her roles within OSU-BMI, she collaborates extensively with researchers in the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) and Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), serving as the biostatistics core director on multiple awards and grants at OSU affiliated with these two centers. She has over 100 publications, a large portion of which are with cancer investigators within the CCC. She has also previously collaborated with researchers who focus in statistical genetics, as well as in other areas such as emergency medicine, psychology, dentistry and pathology.
She has been a part of the Center for Biostatistics since 2003, serving as Associate Director from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Fernandez has been a part of the OSU community since 2001, serving as a visiting assistant professor within the Department of Statistics, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of mathematical statistics and regression analysis for the engineering sciences.
Previous to joining the university community, Dr. Fernández received a Master in Statistics in 1998 and a joint Ph.D. in Statistics & Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2001 from Iowa State University.