Dr. Wanda Elaine Hardman
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology
A.A. (Biology), Lake City Junior College
B.S. (Biology), Auburn University at Montgomery
Ph.D. (Cell Biology), University of Texas Health Science Center
Dr. Hardman recently received a grant from the Department of Defense Breast
Cancer Research Program to further her studies on the effects of
omega-3 fatty acids on breast cancer development. Dr. Hardman,
in collaboration with Dr. Philippe Georgel, an associate professor
of Biological Sciences, garnered more than $780,000 to conduct the
research study. In addition, the National Cancer Institute
awarded Dr. Hardman a grant ($266,000 for the fourth year) to study how the maternal diet can
significantly reduce the lifetime risk of mammary gland cancer in
the female offspring of mice. This particular study focuses on long-chain (20
or 22 carbons) omega-3 fatty acids. Her research has found that consumption of canola oil
in the diet, instead of corn oil, may reduce the risk for mammary gland cancer.
Also, a grant from the American Institute for Cancer Research allows
Dr. Hardman to assess the effects of walnut (a good source of omega-3
fat and various phytosterols) consumption on breast cancer development.
Money provided by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
funds the identification of molecular mechanisms for altered
interactions between adipocytes and mammary epithelial cells when
omega-3 fats are incorporated into the cells.
Dr. Hardman, a School of Medicine professor, currently teaches a Biomedical
Sciences graduate course in Lipid Metabolism, and two Medical
Biochemistry courses, Lipid Metabolism and Nutrition. Dr.
Hardman previously taught Cancer Biology and Prevention.
Service and Outreach
Dr. Hardman serves as an editorial advisor for the journal Cancer Cell
International. She is an active member of the American Association for
Cancer Research and Women in Cancer Research. Dr. Hardman is also the
Treasurer for the International Federation of Cell Biology, serving since
2000. In addition, Dr. Hardman serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for
the California Walnut Council.
telephone: (304) 696-7339
Marshall researcher receives post-doctoral award from Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
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