Kristy Brown, PhD

August 03, 2020

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She obtained her PhD at the Université de Montréal in Canada in 2006 where her thesis focused on understanding the regulation of hormones during the ovulatory process. During her postdoctoral fellowship, her research was aimed at understanding the molecular link between obesity and breast cancer via the regulation of steroid hormone production in the breast fat. In 2011, she was appointed co-Head of the metabolism and cancer laboratory at Prince Henry’s Institute with her mentor Prof. Evan Simpson, and in 2014, Research Group Head at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. She was recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine in 2017 and her current work continues to explore the mechanisms whereby obesity leads to the increased risk of breast cancer, how adipose tissue causes cancer cells to grow faster and be more aggressive, and identify ways to use these discoveries to develop new, safe and effective therapeutic options for breast cancer. Dr. Brown has published 60 peer-reviewed articles and 2 books, has 2 patents in progress and has been an invited speaker at more than 70 conferences and events, and numerous public outreach efforts. She is ranked in the top 0.02% of published authors for ‘aromatase’, 0.19% for ‘obesity’ and 0.24% for ‘breast cancer’ (Expertscape). She has been the recipient of numerous national and international grants and awards, including from the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC), the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Brown has had longstanding involvement with the Endocrine Society, including being part of developing the latest strategic plan, being a member of the Basic Science Advisory Group and Basic Science Chair for ENDO2018.

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