Morehouse School of Medicine
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Research InterestsBreast Cancer and Obesity in African-American Women Under 40
Taliaferro-Smith, L., Nagalingam, A., Knight, BB., Oberlick, E., Saxena, NK., Sharma, D. “Integral Role of PTP1B in Adiponectin-Mediated
Inhibition of Oncogenic Actions of Leptin in Breast Carcinogenesis.” Neoplasia. 2013
Knight, BB., Oprea-Ilies, GM., Nagalingam, A., Taliaferro-Smith, L., Yang, L., Ospio, C., Cohen, C., Saxena, NK., and Sharma, D. “Survivin upregulation, dependent on leptin-EGFR-Notch axis, is essential for leptin-induced migration of breast carcinoma cells.” Endocrine Related Cancer. 2011 Jul 1;18(4):413-28. PMID: 21555376.
Saxena, NK., Taliaferro-Smith, L., Knight, BB., Merlin, D., Anania, FA., O’Regan, RMO., and Sharma, DS. “Bidirectional crosstalk between leptin and insulin-like growth factor-1 signaling promotes invasion and migration of breast cancer cells via transactivation of epidermal growth factor receptor.” Cancer Research. 2008 Dec 1;68(23):9712-22. PMID: 19047149.
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Honors and Awards
Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Award, AACR
2011: Faculty Conference Travel Award - Orlando, FL
2010-2007: Fellowships in Research Science and Teaching (FIRST) Postdoctoral Fellowship Emory University