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Sierra-Rivera Joins CSR

Dr. Elaine Sierra-Rivera has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the new pathology C study section in the oncological sciences integrated review group. This section reviews grant applications related to events that initiate malignancies, tumor suppressor genes, cell cycle and apoptosis. She earned her Ph.D. in radiation biology from the University of Iowa, where she studied the role of radiation in oncogenic transformation. After postdoctoral work at Brown University, Sierra-Rivera moved to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She was a research assistant professor in the Center for Radiation Oncology and the department of obstetrics and gynecology before becoming an assistant professor in the department of radiation oncology. She and a colleague were known for cloning two genes for enzymes in the glutathione pathway that influence how tumor cells respond to chemotherapy. Sierra-Rivera also developed a program to teach medical students how to speak and relate to Spanish-speaking patients.


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