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Theresa Swift-Scanlan, Ph.D., R.N.

Ellen Fontaine Winston Distinguished Professor

Research program member: Cancer Molecular Genetics

Box 980567
1100 E. Leigh St.
Richmond, VA 23298




Associate Professor, Adult Health and Nursing Systems, School of Nursing


PhD, Johns Hopkins University (2007)
MS, University of Maryland (1992)

Research description

My program of interdisciplinary research is focused on molecular methods development and identification of epigenetic markers to improve risk assessment and develop targeted therapies for multiple breast cancer subtypes. I am currently the PI on a Biological Basis of Cancer Disparities Award to investigate ancestry markers as predictors of gene expression differences and clinical outcomes in triple negative breast cancer, and an R01 investigating epigenetic and genetic drivers of COMT gene expression in both brain and non CNS solid tumors.

Research keywords

Risk and prevention, carcinogenesis, epigenetics, DNA methylation, targeted therapy

Published research

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Awards and honors

Star Heels Award, 2009, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill