I am the Director of Health Profession Programs in the Department of Biology, Physical & Health Sciences and a Health Sciences lecturer. My priorities include program development, student advising, and teaching Human Biology and Cancer Biology.
My strong interest in biomedical research and passion for working in health sciences stemmed from a strong undergraduate education in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics. During this time, I was introduced to biomedical research through a summer internship program. This experience seeded a desire to develop novel therapies to improve human health. I continued on this path by earning my PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 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).
Following the completion of my PhD, I led basic and translational cancer research projects in both educational and clinical settings.
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). In addition, I worked with collaborators to design and test a biological molecule that can activate anti-cancer immune cells (Horne et al, CIR, 2017).
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). I worked with the Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology to demonstrate the diagnostic and prognostic potential of pancreatic tumor organoids (Romero Calvo, MCR, 2018). I continue to contribute in the field of cancer research by mentoring Roosevelt University students in ongoing projects.
My long-term goals at Roosevelt University are to develop programs and teaching materials to empower students in their lives and careers.