Suzanne A. W. Fuqua, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Suzanne A. W. Fuqua, Ph.D. is widely recognized for her pioneering work on hormonal resistance in breast cancer, identifying variant estrogen receptors in breast cancer tissue and linking these mutations to hormone resistance and breast cancer progression by demonstrating their consequences in altering estrogen binding and cell responsiveness in model systems. Dr. Fuqua has also made seminal observations of the role of heat shock proteins in breast cancer progression. She has correlated heat shock protein expression with breast cancer outcome and functional consequences on breast cancer cell proliferation and invasiveness, findings that suggest potential new therapeutic directions by adding appropriate modulators of chemotherapy to enhance effectiveness of treatment. Dr. Fuqua has major independent funding for her research. She is the principle investigator (P.I.) of a NIH RO-1 grant on "hypersensitive estrogen receptor in premalignant breast," directs one of the major projects in the group's Program Project grant, as well as one of the components of the Breast Cancer SPORE Grant. Furthermore, she is the P.I. of a NIH T32 Training Grant for Translational Research in Breast Cancer. Dr. Fuqua was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae award from her graduate school.
Dr. Fuqua has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored 29 Books/Chapters. She has served on numerous federal study sections and site visits, and currently serves on study sections for the American Cancer Society and the Department of Defense. She is on the editorial boards of Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Molecular Cancer Therapeutics and the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.