Elizabeth Brandon, Ph.D.
In the laboratory, we are studying the links between obesity and cancer incidence. There is a strong, positive correlation between obesity and the occurrence of certain cancers, although the reasons for this are unknown. One hypothesis is that the metabolic and hormonal profile in obese individuals creates an optimum environment in which tumors can grow, with plenty of glucose and angiogenic factors to supply rapidly dividing tumor cells. I am using in vivo and molecular approaches to identify factors unique to obesity that contribute to enhanced tumor growth with the goal that this may help to identify strategies for slowing tumor growth.