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Cancer Research

Dr. Flannery is interested in the effect of insulin resistance and diabetes on endometrial pathology. Insulin resistance is an underlying problem in obesity, the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Women with obesity, PCOS, or Type 2 diabetes mellitus have a higher risk of irregular bleeding, implantation failure, miscarriage, endometrial hyperplasia, and endometrial carcinoma.
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The current research of our laboratory is focused on 1) disruption of the homologous recombination (HR) repair pathway as concurrent therapy to sensitize chemoresistant and sporadic ovarian cancer; 2) inhibition of the AKT/mTOR pathway to synergize with platinum and PARP inhibitor therapy in BRCA- associated ovarian cancer; 3) gene expression profiling to identify molecular targets for synthetic lethal approaches in chemoresistant and sporadic ovarian cancer; 4) blockade of the p53 pathway as therapeutic strategy for chemo-sensitizing p53-wild type ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer stem cells.

Dr. Santin is a skilled gynecologic oncologist and talented clinical scientist who has a strong background in training and mentoring talented young physician-scientists. Dr. Santin’s research and clinical accomplishments have been published in high-impact journals in the cancer research field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, and the Journal of Virology, while numerous additional publications have been reported in subspecialty journals.