- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at University of Chicago
biology, cancer biology
BioHi Everyone! I'm Briana Banks, a second year PhD candidate in Cancer Biology at the University of Chicago. My research interests include elucidating metabolic and epigenetic factors that lead to disproportionate rates of breast cancer in vulnerable human populations. Specifically, connecting the link between chronic psychological stress during key developmental periods (puberty and early adulthood), and breast cancer risk and development. Aside, from research I am very passionate about mentorship and outreach. Training the next generation of scientists is of utmost importance to me! I also love to travel and would consider myself a huge foodie.
Glucocorticoid Receptor Activation and Breast Cancer Progression
A literary review of a key stress pathway and its impact on breast cancer progression. Elucidating how activation of the glucocorticoid receptor and its downstream target genes lead to breast cancer metastasis and invasion.