Mark Fernandez Spotlight

Meet Mark Fernandez! 

Mark Fernandez has been a member of the Hybiske lab for the past two years. Before coming to CERID, Mark worked with the Lukehart lab, a CERID affiliate, and spent time with the WaNPRC Reproductive Biology Group. A Pacific Northwest native, he received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington in Microbiology and is now working towards his Ph.D. in Pathobiology. You can find him in lab running Western blots and working on the Chlamydia trachomatis evasion of IFNy-stimulated innate immunity project. He has been featured in past CERID seminars and presented a poster at the STI & HIV 2019 World Congress in Vancouver, BC this past summer (curious about his time there?! Read the featured article here!). Outside of the lab you can find him enjoying all things Pacific Northwest including brewing his own craft beer, taking long hikes, and casting a fly-fishing reel on a serene lake. 

Mark with his cat, Linus Pawling

Fast Facts About Mark! 

Hometown: Marysville, WA  
Skill set: Emotionally available, Western blot 
Favorite contribution to science: “Generating a non-human primate model of Fragile X syndrome!”
Favorite publication: Reid TB, Molini BJ, Fernandez MC, Lukehart, SA. Antigenic variation of TprK facilitates development of secondary syphilis. Infect Immun. 2014 Dec;82(12):4959-67. doi: 10.1128/IAI.02236-14. Epub 2014 Sep 15.
Favorite Coffee order: Gigantic cold brew 
Favorite Fresh Flours pastry: Almond croissant 
Interests outside of the lab: “Fly fishing, hiking, my cat (Linus Pawling) and brewing beer.”
Favorite pathogen: Chlamydia trachomatis 
What others may not know about you: “I’m obsessed with fly fishing.”
Mark and his partner in Hawaii!