The featured outstanding New PI for July 2017 is Rebecca B. Riggins, PhD!
Rebecca B. Riggins is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC), Georgetown University Medical Center. Her laboratory studies estrogen-related receptors – orphan members of the nuclear receptor superfamily – in breast and brain cancers. Her group’s long-term mission is to translate their knowledge of the cellular and molecular functions of these proteins in cancer into actionable therapeutic approaches. Dr. Riggins also has a long-standing interest in invasive lobular breast cancer, a special histologic subtype of breast cancer with distinctly different underlying biology, clinical presentation, and treatment response when compared to the more common invasive ductal breast cancer.
Dr. Riggins received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Hood College, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Virginia. Supported by an NCI-funded T32 fellowship, her graduate research focused on molecular mechanisms of c-Src tyrosine kinase activation and cell migration. Dr. Riggins then joined the Tumor Biology Training Program at Georgetown University as a postdoctoral fellow, where she studied molecular mechanisms of endocrine therapy-resistant breast cancer supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 2006, Dr. Riggins became a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, LCCC supported by an award from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. In 2011, she was promoted to Assistant Professor on the Tenure Track, supported by the NIH and a Career Catalyst Research Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In addition to her research, Dr. Riggins co-directs the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Tumor Biology’s core course, Cellular and Molecular Aspects of the Transformed Cell, and serves on the LCCC Biospecimen Use and Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS) Scientific Committees.
Dr. Riggins was awarded the 2014 John Eisenberg Career Development Award by Georgetown Women in Medicine, and selected to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. Dr. Riggins is a multi-year finalist for the Georgetown University Gerald R. Mara Faculty Mentoring Award, and in 2014 she received the Tumor Biology Training Program Excellence in Teaching Award.
Learn more about Dr. Riggins’ research here: https://sites.google.com/georgetown.edu/rigginslab