Group 2D: Breast Cancer; Clinical Trials; Symptoms & Survivorship

Wednesday, June 14
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)

Mentor: Amy Beumer, Ph.D.

Amy was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer in 2017 and metastatic in 2020. In her previous life she was a biology professor teaching various microbiology and introductory biology courses as well as conducting research in drinking water microbiology and team learning. Currently, she is upping her knowledge of cancer research, advocating, and getting as much traveling, hiking, reading, gardening and time with friends and family in as possible.

Twitter: @amybeumer

Scientist: Jasmine Sukumar, M.D.

Dr. Jasmine Sukumar completed the dual BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City followed by internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She subsequently joined The Ohio State University (OSU) James Comprehensive Cancer Center to embark upon her medical oncology fellowship. Additionally, she received breast cancer focused subspecialty training through the Breast Oncology Fellowship Program at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center and graduated from the advanced breast cancer fellowship at OSU in 2021. During her postgraduate training she was awarded an intramural grant (Pelotonia) to support a postdoctoral fellowship year with an emphasis in cancer control and metabolism. She has published in peer reviewed journals such as Cancers and Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and presents at national conferences. She is currently an Assistant Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a breast medical oncologist and clinical investigator.

Her research focuses on energy balance as a modifiable risk factor for health promotion in breast cancer survivors. Specifically, she investigates obesity, lifestyle behaviors, and inflammation as risk factors for breast carcinogenesis. She was accepted to the 2021 Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Workshop, an NIH-funded research training and mentorship program through the Yale School of Public Health for early career investigators in energetics and cancer transdisciplinary research. She aims to conduct innovative personalized interventions for improvement in metabolic health and cancer risk reduction.

Twitter: @JasmineSukumar