Breast cancer disparities

I will leverage The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS) [20% and 50% black patients, respectively] to study mutational signatures and their role in breast cancer disparities. We will probe established risk factors for breast cancer. I anticipate that by investigating these relationships in a large, diverse patient population, I will identify novel associations between carcinogenic exposures and tumor biology in cancer disparities.

Markia Smith
Markia Smith
Doctoral Student

My work uses integrative genomic approaches to study environmental and genetic determinants of cancer, leading to health disparities.