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Samaneh Karami

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biology and Biochemistry
SERC 3018

My research explores into the intricate mechanisms of cancer biology, aiming to discover novel the molecular and cellular processes that drive cancer initiation and progression. Understanding the specific molecular alterations that lead to cancer development is crucial, particularly in minority populations where certain types of cancer may exhibit distinct characteristics. By identifying these distinctions, my research aims to tailor prevention and early detection strategies to better suit the unique genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to health disparities in minority communities.

Prevention is a key component in reducing the burden of cancer, especially in populations that may face challenges in accessing healthcare or have limited resources. My research also focuses on developing targeted interventions that not only address the biological aspects that contribute to health disparities. This is essential in crafting effective prevention strategies that are applicable and accessible to minority communities.

Specifically, my research involves utilization of animal and 3D models that serve as powerful platforms for early detection and drug discovery, allowing for the identification of potential cancer biomarkers and the testing of novel therapeutic agents.

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For many women, the span of time after childbirth is perhaps the most vulnerable and stressful chapters of their lives—from breastfeeding to weaning. To further complicate this significant life change, post-partum women experience a marked increase in breast cancer development for a decade after childbirth, according to Cancer Research.
March 25, 2024