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Rebecca Martin, Ph.D.

  • Program Non-aligned member
  • Department
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Phone 808-828-9885
 
Leadership Roles
Director, Flow Cytometry Shared Resource
Department affiliations
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Education
PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014
Disease focus of research

Breast, Hepatic

Research keywords

Animal models,Cancer cell biology,Immunotherapy,Inflammation,Metabolism,Obesity

Research description
My laboratory is an immunology lab that has extensive experience studying high parameter flow cytometric characterization of different disease states. Recently we have focused our work on the regulation of the immune system in obesity induced inflammation. Our current model has identified a mechanistic pathway connecting the health of the fat pad and the liver, linking an unhealthy adjacent fatpad to a pre-cancerous state. Another collaborative project involves the examination of the DNMTi, guadecitabine in a triple negative breast cancer model. We utilize this drug in low dose to reduce side effects and combine it with other FDA approved treatments to reduce immunosuppressive cell types in breast cancer and harness the potential immune boosting power of DNMTis.
Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)
Contact information

Email: rebecca.martin@vcuhealth.org