Biological changes in the breast that happen during pregnancy decrease breast cancer risk. Camila dos Santos, assistant professor and Cancer Center member at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), describes how her lab uses organoid models to study how pregnancy permanently alters gene expression. Her findings can help researchers develop methods for preventing and treating breast cancer.
Camila dos Santos received her Ph.D. from Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil. She studied at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before coming to CSHL to study breast stem cells. She has won several prestigious awards for her research, including the Pershing Square Sohn prize, a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar grant, and the AACR Breast Cancer Young Investigators award.