PhD Student in University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC. U.S.A.
My name is Shayan and I am originally from Iran and have been living in the US since I was very young. I have two sisters, one is a physicist and the other is a business analyst. In my free time I spend time with my family and my friends. I love to practice yoga and I am also a painter. I am currently a PhD student in Cell and Molecular biology. My PhD dissertation is entirely focused on breast cancer biology and mammographic density (MD). I am investigating the underlying cellular and molecular reasons for why women with highly dense breasts are more at risk for developing breast cancer during their lifetime. I have a unique perspective as a woman and a scientist who is truly committed in helping increase the quality of life of other women. I have a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry, but I have found that my true passion lies in cancer research and the discovery of new therapies and preventative measures for cancer. I am very passionate about women’s health and I plan to continue to devote my life to learning about how and why breast cancer occurs to ultimately find better screening methods and therapies for targeting breast cancer.
I am excited to be an ambassador for Breast Cancer Hub (BCH) and its important cause. I think it is very important to focus on breast cancer awareness and education. I am committed in using my voice as a scientist and a woman to help in the great cause of BCH and to ensure that every girl and woman knows the risks associated with MD. Additionally, I have recently published a paper entitled, “And overview of breast density and its association with mammographic density”, which educates the public about MD.