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Marlena S. Fejzo, Ph.D

Geneticist and Board of Directors

Dr. Marlena Fejzo is an HG survivor and faculty researcher with joint appointments in the department of Medicine at UCLA and the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at USC. Her primary focus is in improving women’s health. She has been advising and collaborating on research with the HER Foundation since 2001.

She has published papers on her genetic studies of many diseases of women including ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and multiple sclerosis, and she discovered the first gene involved in uterine fibroids and the first genes linked to nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Ultimately, Dr. Fejzo’s studies will drive development of new and better therapies that target the cause of diseases of women, not just the symptoms, and limit the associated maternal and fetal suffering.

Read more about Marlena’s HG journey here.