Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry


Michelle Dawson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University, with appointments in the School of Engineering and the Center for Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Dawson received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University before working as a postdoc in the Edwin L. Steele lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her group studies cell biophysical properties that regulate cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in cancer.  Her current work is largely focused on studying the role of aging and therapy induced changes in the tumor microenvironment on cancer progression. Dr. Dawson's research is funded by NSF and NIH grants, including a recent NCI R01 on the role of lipid metabolism in ovarian cancer progression.

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