Catherine C. Coombs

Assistant Professor of Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research
Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Program

Area of interest

My research interests center on the application of genomic correlates to improve the clinical care of patients with leukemia. I have performed research to better understand the genetic risk factors leading to the development of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Additionally, I have characterized of a large cohort of solid tumor patients in whom clonal hematopoiesis has been identified on “matched normal” blood sequencing data obtained on next-generation sequencing to assess for associations between clonal hematopoiesis, prior cytotoxic therapy, and impact on long term outcomes such as development of subsequent hematologic malignancy and overall survival. I also have an interest in the application of molecularly-targeted agents to the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies.

Awards and Honors

  • Prostate Cancer Foundation, Young Investigator Award Recipient, 2019
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award Recipient, 2016
  • Participant, AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, Vail, CO, 2015
  • Best poster award at Duke Resident Research night, Duke University, 2013
  • Recipient of American Society of Hematology Trainee Research Award, 2012
  • Recipient of Faculty Resident Research Grant, Duke University, 2012
  • Second place in Poster Competition for Duke Clinical Science Day, 2012
  • International workshop on CLL, Young investigators meeting abstract winner, 2011
  • First Place for Califf Resident Research Award, Duke University, 2011
  • Recipient of Faculty Resident Research Grant, Duke University, 2011
  • Elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Cincinnati, 2009
  • First Place in Poster Competition for poster entitled “A Painful Perianal Plaque: The Great Imposter”- Ohio American College of Physicians meeting, Columbus, OH, 2009
  • Adriano Essay contest winner in Pathology for paper titled “Hypercalcemia of Malignancy” Univ. of Cincinnati, 2008
  • Guy Pennington Scholarship, awarded by Hamilton Community Foundation, 2008
  • Golden Scalpel Award in Gross Anatomy- University of Cincinnati, 2007
  • Thomas B. Cameron Award, For “highest ideals and achievements in the teaching of chemistry,” Univ. of Cincinnati, 2006
  • William V. and Mary L. Caruso Award, For “an outstanding second-year graduate student in analytical chemistry,” Univ. of Cincinnati, 2006
  • Darwin T. Turner Scholars Teaching Award, Univ. of Cincinnati, 2006
  • Montreux LC/MS Symposium Graduate Student Travel Award, 2005
  • Procter & Gamble Fellowship and Research Assistant Fellowship, Univ. of Cincinnati, 2004
  • Gina Rosko Memorial Scholarship, Macquarie University, 2003
  • Hugh B. Donahoe Award in Organic Chemistry, St. Louis University, 2003
  • Dean’s Scholarship, St. Louis University, 2001
  • National Merit Scholarship, St. Louis University, 2001

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