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Susan K. Murphy, PhD ( is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  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. Her other interests include spending time with her family, hiking, tidepooling, and her pets, including a 49-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.

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Carole Grenier, BS ( is a Laboratory Research Analyst and has been working in the lab for 13 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.”

Rashmi Joglekar ( is a fifth year graduate student (co-mentored with Dr. Joel Meyer) working on the effects of prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke on the sexualization of the mammalian brain (the NICHES project).

Rose Schrott ( is a current graduate student in the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program at Duke. In the Murphy Lab, she works on the CIPHERS project, studying how male cannabis use effects the sperm DNA methylome, and if it does so in a potentially persistent and heritable fashion. She focuses on genes involved in neurological function and collaboratively uses human, rat, and in vitro models to answer these questions. Outside of the lab, Rose loves running, hiking, traveling, and trying new recipes in the kitchen and new restaurants around Durham!

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Chrissy Figan Crute ( is a second year graduate student working on the effects of PFBS exposure on placental function.  Chrissy is being co-mentored by Dr. Murphy and Dr. Liping Feng in the Division of Reproductive Sciences

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Emma Dolan  ( is a second year graduate student from Pharmacology & Cancer Biology working on recurrent ovarian cancer. She is attempting to elucidate the mechanistic role of MAL in high-grade serous ovarian cancer progression. She enjoys hiking adventures with her dog Cooper, and she is on a mission to visit all 61 US National Parks before she turns 61.


Dillon King ( is a second year graduate student (co-mentored with Dr. Joel Meyer) working on the effects of mitochondrial toxicants on epigenetic establishment during early neurodevelopment. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her dog, Oliver, and go to the beach. 

Stephanie Smeltzer, MD ( is a Fellow in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is working on the relationship between abnormal sperm morphology and altered methylation.

Kamyar Yazdani ( is a Duke freshman undergraduate researcher working on understanding the role of extracellular matrix proteins, POSTN and COL11A1, in serous epithelial ovarian cancer recurrence.

Olivia Neely ( is a Duke undergraduate researcher studying serous epithelial ovarian cancer recurrence.

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