SURIC Mentor in Biology
Holds a B.S. in Biology and Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.
Research Topic(s) Summary:
Her research focuses on molecular mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastasis, specifically with respect to breast cancer.
Description of Research:
Molecular mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastasis, specifically with respect to breast cancer. Early successes include the development of an intraductal technique for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This work has led to a nipple duct orifice approach to gene therapy. She also established the first human transplantable inflammatory breast cancer xenograft (MARY-X) in scid/nude mice. Dr. Alpaugh’s research includes improving the health care for underserved and disadvantaged populations. She has participated in organized symposiums focused on identifying barriers to the access of health care and implementing mechanisms by which these barriers could be overcome.