Alumnae Achievement Awards
Nancy E. Davidson ’75
E. Davidson ’75 is professor of oncology and Breast Cancer
Research Chair in Oncology at the Johns Hopkins
Training and Tenure
A molecular-biology major at Wellesley, Davidson earned
her M.D. from Harvard, interned at the University of
Pennsylvania, and completed her residency at Johns
From 1982 to 1985, she conducted research at the National
Cancer Institute under Dr. Marc Lippman, whose laboratory
has been recognized as a leading and innovative center
for breast-cancer research.
Davidson has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins since
1986. In 1995, the board of trustees named her as the
first recipient of the breast-cancer research chair.
Research and Clinical Care
Davidson is credited with several major contributions
in breast-cancer research and clinical care. Her laboratory
has defined biochemical pathways by which breast-cancer
cells die and has identified the role of epigenetic
change in DNA methylation in regulating breast-cancer
Davidson's clinical focus has been to determine the
value of combination chemotherapy/hormonal therapy for
younger women with breast cancer and the role of high-dosage
chemotherapy with stem-cell rescue.
Her work has been supported by grants from the National
Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. She
is the first woman to receive a grant from the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Compassion and Advocacy
Davidson is a caregiver whose determination to develop
innovative treatments is matched by her dedication
to her patients. She has touched the lives of many
patients and their families, displaying compassion
and understanding of the pain and frustration that
accompanies a diagnosis of breast cancer.
A devoted advocate for women's health issues, she has
testified before Congress to stress the need for more
funding for breast-cancer research and awareness programs.
Davidson and her husband, Thomas Wells Kensler, live
in Baltimore with their two children.
The Breast Center at Johns Hopkins
of estrogen receptor gene demethylation and DNA methyltransferase-DNA
adduct formation in 5-aza-2'-deoxycytinidine-induced
cytotoxicity in human breast cancer cells," an article
in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (1997), by Ferguson
A.T., Vertino P.M., Spitzner J.R., Baylin,S.B., Muller
M.T., and Davidson, N.E.
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