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Diana Cittelly, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • BS, Biology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1998)
  • MS, Biochemistry, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2001)​
  • PhD, Cell Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch (2007)
Postdoctoral Education:
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Mentors: Frank Jones, Jennifer Richer, Carol Sartorius)
Research Activities:

  • Deciphering the mechanisms underlying increased risk of brain metastases in young women with triple negative breast cancer. These include ovarian estrogen effects on reactive astrocytes that results in paracrine activation of EGFR and TRKB signaling in brain metastatic cells.
  • Elucidating the effects of aromatase function and brain-synthesized estrogen in neuroinflammation in brain metastases from breast and other cancers.
  • Validating IL13RA2 as a targetable candidate for breast cancer brain metastasis.
  • Developing novel patient-derived xenograft models from breast cancer brain metastases, as well as novel imaging methods to map brain metastases to specific brain niches.​
Honors and special recognitions:
  • 2014 - Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2014-2015 Fellows program
  • 2016 - Keystone Symposia Cellular Plasticity within the tumor microenvironment, Early Career Investigator Travel award. Big Sky Montana.
Selected Publications:
 Journal Articles in Pub Med (