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Project Investigator Biography

Diane Stearns, Ph.D. Diane Stearns, Ph.D.

Northern Arizona University
Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
Box 5659,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
phone: (928) 523-8383
fax: (928) 523-7317

Dr. Stearns is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University, and the PI of the NAU/AZCC MICCP since 2005. She has published 23 manuscripts and 7 reviews and book chapters on metals biochemistry and genetic toxicology. Dr. Stearns is committed to cancer research training for Native Americans, and has mentored eight Navajo researchers in her laboratory through PACHE-funded projects.

Dr. Stearns’ research is focused on how metals damage DNA in ways that may lead to cancer, and is currently studying the metals - uranium and chromium. Her research team is working to identify DNA lesions formed by these metals in cultured cells and in vitro, and to characterize the mutations caused by these DNA lesions.

She received her PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Hood and NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow in metal toxicology at Dartmouth College.

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Louise Canfield, Ph.D.
Updated: 04/30/12