I am the Director of Health Profession Programs in the Department of Biology, Physical & Health Sciences. My priorities include program development, student advising, and classroom teaching. It is rewarding to guide students in the classroom and in their academic progress towards career goals.
My strong interest in biomedical research and a passion for working in health science stemmed from undergraduate research experiences and dedicated mentorship. I earned my PhD from the Molecular Medicine Program at the University of Maryland. My dissertation research, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases, was focused on cancer and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract (Long et al, I&I, 2014; Long et al, IBD, 2013; Long and Raufman, GC: TT, 2011).
During my postdoctoral positions, I led basic and translational cancer research projects in both educational and clinical settings. Most recently, as a fellow with the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, we found that a novel therapeutic molecule inhibits progression of advanced prostate cancer (Long et al, MCT, 2018). Collaborations with the Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology demonstrated the diagnostic and prognostic potential of pancreatic tumor organoids (Romero Calvo, MCR, 2018). Prior to that, as a National Institutes of Health Fellow at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, I focused on cancer immunotherapies. My work uncovered a mechanism of obesity-associated breast cancer progression (Long et al, JLB, 2018), and we designed and tested a biological molecule that can activate anti-cancer immune cells (Horne et al, CIR, 2017).
My long-term interests are in improving public health by enhancing community health education and increasing equity in healthcare.