Emily Powell, PhD

Advisor: Wei Xu
Graduated: 2010

Wei Xu LabEmily Powell entered the Cancer Biology Graduate Program in the fall of 2005. She subsequently joined the laboratory of Dr. Wei Xu and began her graduate thesis project examining the role of Estrogen Receptors in hormone dependent diseases such as breast cancer. Emily obtained her Ph.D. in 2010 and currently resides in St. Louis with her husband Greg and son Thomas. She is completing her postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis in the labs of Drs. Helen and David Piwnica-Worms in the BRIGHT Institute which has a heavy emphasis on cancer biology and has close ties to the Siteman Cancer Center, providing a clinical vantage point for her studies. Funded by a DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, she is using whole animal in vivo molecular imaging in conjunction with transcriptional profiling to identify factors required for breast cancer metastasis. Upon the completion of her postdoc, she hopes to continue to focus on breast cancer metastasis and to utilize her unique skill set provided by her experiences at UW and Wash U. However wherever her career takes her, she will always remember the great times she had in graduate school: “Some of my fondest memories of my time at UW are of our times after lab celebrating the success of difficult experiments (or lamenting failed attempts!). Memories of camping in the beautiful Wisconsin countryside with great friends, warm summer evenings watching the sailboats on Lake Mendota, Autumn on State Street and Camp Randall, getting to know more about my field while away at conferences, and freezing my tail off waiting for the bus grow fonder in my mind with each passing day.”