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

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Biology

Affiliated leadership roles

Director, Center for Biobehavioral Clinical Research, VCU School of Nursing

Department affiliations

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

Endowed and distinguished chair or professorship

Ellen Fontaine Winston Distinguished Professor


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

Awards and honors

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

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 interventions for multiple cancer subtypes, with a focus on breast and endometrial cancer. I am currently the PI on an MCC Biological Basis of Cancer Disparities Award to investigate ancestry markers as predictors of gene expression differences and clinical outcomes in women with triple negative breast cancer, Co-PI on an MCC ABBC award to identify biomarkers of disparate symptom burden and adherence to endocrine therapy in black women with HR+ positive breast cancer. Finally, I am the PI of an NIH (non NCI) R01 investigating epigenetic and genetic drivers of COMT gene expression in tissues derived from brain, breast and endometrial cancers.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Hematologic Malignancies, Brain & nervous system, Gynecologic

Research keywords

Biomarkers,Cancer disparities,Epigenetics,Genomics,Precision medicine,Other

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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