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Susan K. Murphy, PhD ( is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and chief of the Division of Reproductive Sciences.  She is passionate about research that will improve the lives of women with ovarian cancer. Her other major research interest is understanding how epigenetics (particularly DNA methylation) is involved in the developmental origins of disease and neurodevelopmental disorders. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, tidepooling, and her pets, including Neocaridina shrimp and a 50-year old Mealy Amazon parrot.

Zhiqing Huang, MD, PhD ( is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences at Duke.  Her research interests include identifying new biomarkers for ovarian cancer based on DNA methylation and gene expression profiles, studying the response of cancer stem cells to chemotherapy using a xenograft model and ovarian cancer cell lines and epigenetics. Through many years of experience, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience in cancer research including identifying and validating biomarkers using tumor and normal tissue samples and generating an animal tumor model for testing novel chemotherapeutic approaches. Outside of the lab, she likes running and ballroom dancing.

Carole Grenier, BS ( is a Laboratory Research Analyst and has been working in the lab for 14 years. She manages the lab and assists with all of ongoing research projects. "Eight years ago I was interested in being a part  of a great research team. I am still very excited today to go forward in finding answers we are all looking for in cancer research.”  She likes being in the lab because of the “fantastic team and great students to work with.” Outside the lab she enjoys the arts and "challenging myself with new activities I never did before.” She “enjoys every day because you don't know what will happen tomorrow.”


Emma Dolan  ( is a PhD Candidate from Pharmacology & Cancer Biology working on defining the mechanistic steps for high-grade serous ovarian cancer initiation. She is focused more specifically on the role of sex hormones in HGSOC precursor lesions. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking adventures with her rescue dog Cooper, and she is on a mission to visit all 63 US National Parks before she turns 63 years old.


Dillon King ( is a PhD candidate (co-mentored with Dr. Joel Meyer) working on the sex-specific effects of mitochondrial toxicants, their impact on the epigenome and how this may alter neurodevelopment. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, Oliver, and go to the beach. 

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