2013 UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star - Basic Life Sciences: Joanna Burdette
Joanna E. Burdette, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, has been announced as a recipient of the 2013 UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star Award for Basic Life Sciences. The Rising Star award is given to 5 UIC early career researchers who have demonstrated outstanding promise to become future leaders in their area of expertise.
2013 UIC Researcher of the Year Award
Rising Star - Basic Life Sciences
Joanna E. Burdette, Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Pharmacy.
Dr. Burdette has developed a highly collaborative and translational program in the area of ovarian cancer research supported by the American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and National Institutes of Health. The expertise that she and her collaborators have developed in steroid receptor imaging and ovarian cancer modeling provide a strong basis for paradigm-shifting discoveries. There has been debate in the field regarding the cell origin of ovarian carcinoma; i.e., whether it originates from the ovarian surface epithelium versus from the fallopian tube epithelium. Dr. Burdette's approach to address this controversy has been to develop a novel ex vivo 3D culture model of both the ovary and fallopian tube. The potential for this model to test the involvement of wound-healing, reactive oxygen species, and inflammation in the mechanism of ovarian cancer development is a significant contribution to the field and could greatly assist in diagnosis and treatment.