JoEllen Welsh

Preeminent researcher on the role of Vitamin D in breast cancer treatment

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JoEllen Welsh

Empire Innovation Professor
School of Public Health
Department: Cancer Research Center

Nutrition and cancer; hormones; vitamin D; breast cancer

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JoEllen Welsh is an Empire Innovations Professor at UAlbany's Cancer Research Center. She examines the role of Vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

In 1994, Welsh was named a senior scientist at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., focusing her research efforts on vitamin D and breast cancer. Prior to joining UAlbany, she served as a professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame.

She 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.

Her research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the USDA CREES program, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Program.