Scientist: Shaheen Sikandar, Ph.D.
Shaheen got her Ph.D. at the University of California – Irvine followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Shaheen is currently an Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at University of California – Sant Cruz. The Sikandar lab has identified critical regulators of breast cancer metastasis and her team aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that govern metastasis formation including signals from the microenvironment. Her research focuses on studying molecular changes in mammary stem cells during aging and how these changes affect breast cancer risk cancer which will lead to the development of better preventive and therapeutic strategies for breast cancer. When not doing/thinking about science, Shaheen spends her time with her two energetic boys hiking, kayaking, and exploring new places to eat in the bay area.