Jodie M. Fleming

Jodie Fleming, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Fleming Lab’s goal is to characterize the role of the tissue microenvironment on the behavior and function of normal cells, as well as determine its role in the development and progression of cancer.

Associate Professor
North Carolina Central University
Breast Cancer

Area of interest

Fleming has extensive training and experience in breast cancer cell biology and tumorigenesis, as well as in the characterization of the effect of the breast cancer tissue microenvironment on cell behavior in vitro and in vivo. Her research focuses on identifying the mechanisms by which highly metastatic breast carcinomas tend to predominate in premenopausal African-American women, why Black women have higher mortality rates compared to White women, and to identify candidate targets for therapeutics. Through an integrative, multidisciplinary research program, Dr. Fleming intends to elucidate characteristics of the microenvironment in breast tissue and will integrate novel advances in the field of tumor microenvironment with cancer health disparities research.

In addition to her research, Fleming is fully committed and excited to teach, mentor, and train students and postdoctoral research fellows in research techniques and promote their development into successful independent investigators spearheading their own research programs. She often uses her unique transition from an Animal Scientist to a Breast Cancer Biologist to connect with, inspire and train future scientist.

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