Emily Falk Libby, MSPH
Cancer Prevention and Control Trainee
Department: Nutrition Sciences
Primary Co-Mentor: Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD (Nutrition Sciences)
Primary Co-Mentor: Douglas R. Hurst, PhD (Pathology)
Originally from Washington, DC, Emily Falk Libby is a cum laude graduate of Yale University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science in 2001 with distinction in the major and was awarded the Patterson Research Prize in Political Science, Richter Fellowship for Independent Research Abroad, and Perloth Prize for Summer Foreign Travel. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Emily completed an M.S.P.H. in Epidemiology in 2007 and has been a predoctoral student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences since 2011. She became a CPCTP Trainee in 2012.
Emily’s cancer research interests span the gamut of translational science. Her current dissertation research aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis and progression, specifically focusing on understanding how adipokines in the breast tumor microenvironment alter autophagy in invasive breast cancer cells and thus alter their metastatic potential. Outside of her research, Emily is a running, biking, and winter sports enthusiast, having successfully tackled multiple marathons, two bicycle crossings of the United States, and a dogsledding/cross-country skiing expedition in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota.
Dissertation Title: Adiponectin, autophagy, and the microenvironmental regulation of metastatic breast cancer: A new paradigm
Falk Libby E, Frost AR, Demark-Wahnefried W, Hurst DR. (2014) Linking adiponectin and autophagy in the regulation of breast cancer metastasis. J Mol Med 2014(92):1015-23. PMCID: PMC3955094.
Falk Libby E*, Azrad M**, Novak L, Vazquez AI, Wilson TR, Demark-Wahnefried W. (2014) Obesity is associated with higher 4E-BP1 expression in endometrial cancer. Curr Biomark Find 2014(4):1-7. PMCID: PMC3955094.
(* corresponding author;** co-first author)