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Barbara Boyan, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Cancer Molecular Genetics

Affiliated leadership roles

Dean, College of Engineering
William H. and Alice T. Goodwin Chair in Biomedical Engineering

Department affiliations

Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine


MA, Rice University (1975)
PhD, Rice University (1975)

Awards and honors

Women's Leadership Award, 2012, Orthopaedic Research Society
Top Innovator in Science Award, 2005, Atlanta Woman Magazine
The Birnberg Research Award, 2003, Columbia University
Student Research Group Mentor Award, 2000, American Association for Dental Research
R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration Award, 1999, American Academy of Periodontics
Basic Research in Biologic Biomineralization Award, 1995, International Association for Dental Research

Research description

We continue to study rapid actions of steroid hormones that regulate tumor growth and metatasis. Our major focus is on estrogen receptor ERa36, which is membrane associated. We are examining the signaling pathways that mediate its action by understanding why and how it signals in female cells but not in male cells. Our other interest is in the action of vitamin D and its metabolites. Recently, we have seen that there is cross talk in the signaling pathways elicited by 17b estradiol and 24R,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. To investigate this further, we have worked with Jolene Windle to establish new animal models.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Respiratory - Other

Research keywords

Estrogen, vitamin D, rapid responses to steroid hormones, membrane associated mechanisms, laryngeal cancer

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

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