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Stephanie Dance-Barnes

​Classes Taught

  • Cancer Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Tissue Culture
  • Scientific Investigation of Diseases
  • Topic in Bioinformatics
  • Research/Internship in Biotechnology
  • Investigation and Research I, II, and II
  • Biology Seminar
  • General Biology I & II
  • General Biology Lab I & II
  • Zoology
  • General Microbiology
  • First Year Experience

Research Interests

Cancer Biology
Human breast tumors show great diversity in their morphologies, clinical histories and in their responsiveness to chemotherapy. This wide tumor diversity poses one of the central challenges to the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of breast cancers. The focus of Dr. Dance-Barnes’ research has been to characterize the biological diversity of tumors using genomics, molecular genetics, and cell biology, in order to develop improved and more targeted therapies that are specific for each tumor subtype. Most recently her lab has utilized mouse mammary tumors cells cultured from mice in which K14-Cre has deleted p53 and BRCA1. These mouse mammary tumor cells appear to initially possess a basal-like phenotype and are responsive to a number of breast cancer treatments such as, Carboplatin, Paclitaxel, and PARP inhibitors. Serial transplants of these tumors have resulted in them presenting a more claudin-low phenotype, and also being resistant to treatments. Student researchers in Dr. Dance-Barnes’ lab have utilized several alternative natural cancer treatments in an effort to assess whether they can overcome the resistance exhibited by these mouse mammary tumors. The ultimate goal of the Dance-Barnes lab is to use genomics, genetics, cell culture, and animal models to decipher the underlying biology of the molecular subtypes of breast cancer, and then using this biological information to develop therapies that are specifically targeted against distinct subtypes of breast cancer. Dr. Dance-Barnes has worked collaboratively with researchers at Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center to secure funding from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health to support underrepresented undergraduate students in cancer research. She also has an ongoing research collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Charles Perou of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
  • Jack & Jill of America, Inc. 
  • HERS Leadership Training Institute -2018
  • Vice Chair of the Elizabeth City State University National Alumni Association 
  • Society of STEM Women of Color
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 
  • Society of Toxicology - Member Since 2000-2009
  • Specialty Sections: Carcinogenesis, Molecular Biology Special Interest: Women in Toxicology