Isabel Aznarez, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Discovery Research
and Co-Founder


Isabel Aznarez is senior vice president of Discovery Research and a co-founder at Stoke Therapeutics. Isabel has extensive experience in human genetics, RNA metabolism and modulation of RNA processes using antisense oligonucleotides. Prior to founding Stoke Therapeutics, she was a research investigator with Professor Adrian Krainer, whose lab she joined as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. Previously, Isabel was a researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children with Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, where she focused on the effect of cystic fibrosis mutations on the splicing of the CFTR gene. Isabel holds a Ph.D. in molecular and medical genetics from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in biology and human genetics from the University of Uruguay.

Articles and Accolades

Inc. Magazine: 2024 Female Founders 250

Isabel Aznarez was featured as one of 2024’s Most Intriguing Women Entrepreneurs on Inc. Magazine’s 2024 Female Founders 250 list, for her work developing Stoke's proprietary research platform.

2023 Winner of the Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

Isabel Aznarez won The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc’s Barry M. Portnoy Immigrant Entrepreneur Award in the Life Science Business category. With her groundbreaking discovery and commitment to making the industry a more equitable place, she is a role model to many.

Endpoints: Leaders Giving Voice and Visibility to the LGBTQ Community

Isabel Aznarez was recognized among “15 Leaders Giving a Voice and Visibility to the LGBTQ Community in Biopharma,” in an article published by Endpoints in June 2022.

Coming Out Was a Necessary Step: Published in Boston Business Journal, June 2022

The Boston Business Journal recognized Stoke’s co-founder Isabel Aznarez, Ph.D. as an LGBT Trailblazer for her contributions to ensure equity and inclusion at work and in the community. The awards were presented at the BBJ's Business of Pride event in Boston on June 1, 2022.

FierceBiotech: 'Don't check yourself when you come to work': Being openly LGBTQ+ in a scientist-led industry

Check out this FierceBiotech article featuring Isabel Aznarez, co-founder and VP, Head of Discovery Research, and other LGBTQ+ industry leaders working to encourage representation and inclusion in the workplace. They remind us to be ourselves and be proud of who we are.

BeLatina: Powered by Latinas: the Tech Giants You Need to Know

These Latina founders are changing the landscape of the tech world and breaking funding records, all while using personal experience, grit, and community to reach their dreams while impacting the world.

Stoked and Grateful: Published on LinkedIn, December 2020

Stoke's co-founder Isabel Aznarez reflects on the many things she's grateful for – doing what she loves, surrounded by colleagues she respects, and who are 100% committed to advancing science that may help people living with severe genetic diseases.