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Jan. 13, 2016 - Meet the Researcher: Seema Singh. Ph.D.
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WHO SHE IS: Assistant professor of Oncologic Sciences at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry at the USA College of Medicine

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Dr. Singh has a longstanding interest in cancer etiology, progression, metastasis and angiogenesis. Her recent research has focused on breast cancer racial disparity, and her R01 grant has been scored in the 3.0 percentile.

Her current studies will provide novel insight into the molecular causes and expose mechanistic underpinning of breast cancer racial disparity. It is expected that the proposed research may provide a novel set of biomarkers and potential drug targets for therapy, and thus help reduce the widening gaps in clinical outcomes for African-American and Caucasian breast cancer patients. She is also studying the role of UVB-induced skin cancer and the use of silver nanoparticles in skin cancer chemoprevention.  

WORK HISTORY: Dr. Singh was recruited to MCI from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 2009. During her postdoctoral training at UNMC, she worked on chemokines, particularly on their expression, regulation and function in different malignancies. She worked extensively on a chemokine, CXCL8, and its cognate receptors, CXCR1/2, to define their roles in melanoma progression and metastasis. At MCI, she was promoted to assistant professor in 2012.

EDUCATION: Dr. Singh holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Aligarh M. University in Aligarh, India. She also earned a Ph.D. from the same institution in 2001.

FUN FACTS: Dr. Singh and her husband, fellow MCI researcher Dr. Ajay Singh, live in Mobile with their daughters, ages 12 and 6. She loves to cook, travel and watch Bollywood movies. She was an award-winning athlete during her school days and still is an avid runner. She also loves to participate in community activities and was one of the models for the Think Pink Tea fashion event in October. 

Dr. Singh is active in the American Cancer Society, working as head chef for MCI’s Chili Cook-Off team in 2015 and leading Team Learn, Fight and Defeat for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in 2016.

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