Virginia Tech cancer researcher Carla Finkielstein to join Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Carla Finkielstein, a cancer researcher and an associate professor of biological sciences in Virginia Tech’s College of Science, will join the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC on July 1. Finkielstein, whose research focuses on the molecular basis of how circadian rhythms influence cancer initiation and progression, will move her research program and laboratory to the research institute.
“Dr. Finkielstein is an internationally recognized leader in the emerging field of chronotherapeutics. Her work on breast cancer has provided important new insights into how circadian rhythms impact tumor progression and the potential importance of time of day for administration of therapeutics,” said Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology. “She is not only a passionate and innovative scientist, but she is also an equally dedicated teacher and mentor. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Finkielstein to the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.”
Finkielstein is a founding member of the Virginia Tech Cancer Research Alliance (VTCRA) – a cohort of more than 25 research teams studying brain, breast, colon, lung, liver, and bone cancers in humans and animals. Together, VTCRA members have already accrued more than $5 million in cancer research funding, including grants from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.
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