BU-CTSI Kl2 Awardee: Allison Dennis, PhD

Dr. Allison Dennis received the 2016 Kl2 fellowship for “ Monitoring Tumor Biomarker Evolution with Multiplexed Tissue-Dept Imaging”.

Dr. Allison Dennis received the 2016 Kl2 fellowship for “ Monitoring Tumor Biomarker Evolution with Multiplexed Tissue-Dept Imaging”.  Dr. Dennis goal is to become an independent research scientist and leader in the field of biomedical imaging and biosensing. Breast cancer is the most widely diagnosed cancer and largest cause of female cancer deaths worldwide. While we have improved methods of detecting and treating early-stage breast tumors, once distant malignancies arise, prognosis is still grim. Dr. Dennis is interested in developing optical imaging agents to visualize the biomarker presentation on breast cancer cells in situ as a means of non-invasive molecular phenotyping. She believes that if we are able to track the spatial and temporal distribution of biomarkers as a tumor evolves through its cancer progression or in response to treatment, we will better understand the pathology, resulting in more effective diagnosis, staging, and treatment.

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