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This month’s speaker, Dr. Tiffany Katz is a postdoctoral associate in the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She holds a Doctorate in Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Dr. Katz is an author on many high-impact publications. In addition, she is also the recipient of awards such as the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Travel Award and the highly competitive NIH Ruth Kirschstein Fellowship award. The UPPDA spoke with Dr. Katz about her research interests and future plans:
What field is your PhD in?
Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences focus on breast cancer risk and development.
How did you specialize in your current field?
During my Ph.D. studies I discovered that in utero exposure to alcohol lead to an increased risk of mammary tumors in the offspring during adulthood. Since the increase in tumor susceptibility occurs later in life, months after the in utero exposure to alcohol, there must be a change that can persist long term in the mammary gland. I believe that change occurs on an epigenetic level. I decided to take on a postdoctoral position focusing on epigenetic regulation in breast cancer to further understand this phenomenon.
What is your current research project?
I’m currently studying pregnancy mediated breast cancer protection and how epigenetics plays a role.
Tell us about a great experience or opportunity you’ve had in the past year?
I had the opportunity to speak as a plenary speaker at the 20th Annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in October of 2013, this led to great networking and interactions with truly fantastic people. What do you hope the next step in your career path will be?
Win a K award and land a faculty tenure-track position running my own lab.
If not a scientist, what would you be?
Welcome to the UPPDA Executive Board for 2014!!
President: Landon Locke
Career Development Committee Chair: John Merriman
Advocacy Committee Chair: Natasha Baker
Communications and Networking Chair: Aparna Rao
International Committee Chair: Abu Gafar Hossion
Outreach Committee Chair: Tiffany Katz