My research interests span across the cancer control continuum and includes translational research from primary prevention to the clinical setting. I completed my PhD training at University College Dublin in Ireland before becoming a cancer prevention fellow within the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. During this time, I pursued my postdoctoral research within the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and the Division of Cancer Prevention. Currently, I am a research fellow in the Division of Population Health Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. My research focuses on understanding the role of modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, how they influence tumorigenesis and how this influence translates to biological heterogeneity within breast malignancies, which may act as opportunities for clinical intervention. I am also particularly interested in understanding the biological relationship between mammographic breast density and breast cancer development as well as how breast density is influenced by molecularly targeted interventions.
Since first attending the AACR Annual Meeting during my doctoral studies in 2012, I have experienced many of the benefits of being an Associate Member of the AACR. I have enjoyed many of the Associate Member Council-sponsored professional development opportunities at the Annual Meeting. I look forward to continuing to develop these successful workshops organized by the council while also working to implement new initiatives that will directly address the needs of Associate Members. In addition, I look forward to working with early-career researchers who are also navigating through challenges and opportunities that present at these early stages of our careers. Having personally benefited from the efforts of the Associate Member Council, I am greatly honored to serve as a member.