Mary Playdon Receives Pathway to Independence Award
, by DCEG Staff
Mary Playdon, Ph.D., M.P.H., a postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, was awarded a K99/00 Pathway to Independence Award. This is the first such award received by a fellow in DCEG.
Dr. Playdon’s grant, titled “Blood metabolite profiles and risk of developing endometrial and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer,” allows her to complete her research in DCEG and provides salary and research support for up to three years when she transitions to an independent position at an academic research institution. She will focus on identifying biomarkers of cancer risk factors (diet and adiposity) using metabolomics and exploring their associations with breast and endometrial cancer.