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Barbara Boyan, Ph.D.

William H. and Alice T. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering
Dean, School of Engineering

Research program member: Cancer Molecular Genetics

Box 843068
601 W. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23284




Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, School of Medicine
Professor & Dean, Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor & Chair, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering


MA, Rice University (1975)
PhD, Rice University (1975)

Research description

We continue to study rapid actions of steroid hormones that regulate tumor growth and metatasis. Our major focus is on estrogen receptor ERa36, which is membrane associated. We are examining the signaling pathways that mediate its action by understanding why and how it signals in female cells but not in male cells. Our other interest is in the action of vitamin D and its metabolites. Recently, we have seen that there is cross talk in the signaling pathways elicited by 17b estradiol and 24R,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. To investigate this further, we have worked with Jolene Windle to establish new animal models.

Research keywords

Estrogen, vitamin D, rapid responses to steroid hormones, membrane associated mechanisms, laryngeal cancer

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Awards and honors

Women's Leadership Award, 2012, Orthopaedic Research Society
Top Innovator in Science Award, 2005, Atlanta Woman Magazine
The Birnberg Research Award, 2003, Columbia University
Student Research Group Mentor Award, 2000, American Association for Dental Research
R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award, 1999, American Academy of Periodontics
Basic Research in Biologic Biomineralization Award, 1995, International Association for Dental Research