Erik Nelson, Ph.D.

Erik Nelson received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Calgary, majoring in zoology and minoring in chemistry. He continued at the University of Calgary, receiving a PhD in comparative endocrinology. He then moved to Duke University School of Medicine to pursue postdoctoral studies specializing in pharmacology and cancer biology. In 2014, he was recruited to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. His research program is focused on how hormones and cholesterol metabolism impact breast and ovarian cancer progression. In recognition of his research, Dr. Nelson has been awarded the Government of Alberta Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, and a National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence Award.


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