Athena Starland-Davenport, PhD

Athena Starland-Davenport, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee

Abstract 3022. Tryptophan metabolism is associated with obesity and triple-negative breast cancer risk in black and white women.

What are your long-term career objectives?

My long-term career goals are to develop novel therapeutic strategies to treat sickle cell disease and triple-negative breast cancer, which both disproportionately affect populations of African descent

Please share information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your research over the last two years. 

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly had an impact on myself and my lab staff. As a mother to two children, I had to be a full-time teacher to my children and still be a scientist which was very difficult. Several faculty members also suffered from illness. However, my lab and I persevered, and continue to persevere, by generating new and exciting data to support our research goals.