Getting to know Dr. April Kloxin, Ph.D. at the University of Delaware
Dedicating her life to finding a cure for breast cancer, Dr. April Kloxin is driven to help us meet our Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026. As an Assistant Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, she is addressing the issue of late recurrence for breast cancer survivors.
In this month’s Sidewalks to Science blog, we will get to know Dr. Kloxin a little better.
When I’m not in the lab I…
- Love to make things! These range from making materials in the lab that mimic tissues in the body to cooking dinner tonight! My favorite quick meals are breakfast foods, which I like any time of day.
- Love being out in nature, especially hiking. I take my two little ones (two boys, ages four and two) out to our local White Clay Creek Preserve or Longwood Gardens when the weather is nice.
- Am passionate about solving big problems through science and believe collaboration with others is key.
What I do…
Study how the environment surrounding breast cancer cells can lead to metastasis
My research group is working to develop materials that mimic the body tissues where breast cancer recurrence is likely to occur. Our team is trying to understand how the environment of these tissues causes dormant breast cancer cells to “wake up”, leading to recurrence.
Breast cancer is…personal to me and my family
My mother is a breast cancer survivor who currently is 13 years disease-free. As a co-survivor, I know firsthand some of the challenges people with breast cancer and survivors face. When my mother was diagnosed, I looked at literature to learn about the latest treatment options for her type of ER+ breast cancer. I realized that patients face a constant concern of recurrence, even after successful initial treatment. Therefore, I decided to focus my research efforts on addressing this outstanding issue of late recurrence.
Working with patients…has been both motivating and enriching.
Our patient advocate, Kimberly Newman-McCown, provided valuable perspective on the needs of people with breast cancer and kept our work focused on developing tools and finding solutions that will help patients within the next decade.
People with breast cancer should…stay strong and engaged.
Patients and survivors are amazing, and your stories inspire and inform our efforts to find solutions.
Komen is…getting the word out about our research efforts!
I have been excited to engage with our local press to get the word out about our research funded by Komen. This year, I am organizing a team with my research group for the Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia, PA.
”Stay strong and engaged! You are amazing and your stories inspire and inform our efforts to find solutions!”
Note: Dr. Kloxin is a Komen grant recipient generously funded by American Airlines.