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Louise Canfield, Ph.D. Louise Canfield, Ph.D.

Arizona Cancer Center
1515 North Campbell Avenue,
PO Box 245024, RM 1956,
Tucson, AZ 85724
phone: (520) 626-0260
fax: (520) 626-0265

Dr. Louise Canfield is a Senior Research Scientist at the Arizona Cancer Center and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the University of Arizona. The author of more than100 publications, Dr. Canfield has participated as an invited speaker in scientific meetings, seminars and conferences worldwide, has served on national and international committees and panels, including NIH Study Sections, NSF, NRC and FDA panels, scientific editorial boards and has chaired numerous national and international conferences. She has served on the Board of Directors of Sigma Xi, and her professional accomplishments are noted in American Men and Women of Science.

Dr. Canfield’s research includes work in maternal-infant Vitamin A metabolism, carotenoid metabolism, and vitamin K metabolism, particularly as they relate to underserved populations. Currently Dr. Canfield is PI at the Arizona Cancer Center (AZCC) of a U54 partnership between Northern Arizona University (NAU) and AZCC (Diane Stearns, PI, NAU). She has received continuous extramural research support throughout her career and worked in Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala prior to her work with Native American communities in Arizona.

She received a PhD in Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Canfield has taught medical and nutritional biochemistry for over twenty years and has supervised more than 200 research students, including undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Currently she is developing cancer education materials for Native American communities including online materials for Native American healthcare professionals (see

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Diane Stearns, Ph.D.
Updated: 04/30/12