Dr. JoEllen Welsh - Biography

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JoEllen Welsh, Ph.D.

JoEllen Welsh, PhD is an Empire Innovations Professor at the University at Albany Cancer Research Center with appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences. She received her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she studied interactions between dietary calcium and magnesium. After completing post-doctoral training in the area of obesity and brown fat metabolism, Dr. Welsh´s first academic appointment was in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada where she taught nutrition and metabolism and conducted research on vitamin D metabolism, signaling and growth control. In 1994, Dr. Welsh moved to the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid, NY as a Senior Scientist and focused her research efforts on vitamin D and breast cancer. Between 1998-2008, Dr. Welsh was a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN. Dr. Welsh has utilized transgenic and knockout mouse models to examine the role of the vitamin D pathway in normal mammary gland development and susceptibility to cancer development. The research in Dr. Welshás lab has been externally funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the USDA CREES program, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the DOD Breast Cancer Research Program and A Sister´s Hope. Dr Welsh has served extensively on peer-review panels, including the DOD Breast and Prostate Cancer Research Programs panels, the NIH Chemo-Dietary Prevention (CDP) study section and the American Institute for Cancer Prevention (AICR) Panel II. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Endocrinology and is an inaugural member of the Vitamin D Workshop Executive Committee which is responsible for organization of the Vitamin D Workshop, an annual scientific conference dedicated to the science of Vitamin D.