Esta Sterneck, PhD,
National Cancer Institute,
Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, Frederick, USA
Dr. Esta Sterneck received her Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg following training at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH) in Germany. Her thesis work investigated oncogene cooperation in leukemia cells and revealed their coordinate induction of an essential autocrine growth factor. During her postdoctoral training at the Advanced BioScience Laboratories-Basic Research Program in Frederick, MD, USA, Dr. Sterneck began to study the functions of C/EBP transcription factors through genetically engineered mice. Dr. Sterneck began her independent research with an National Cancer Institute Scholar grant before being recruited as a Principal Investigator to the NCI in 2003. Her laboratory conducts basic research on the molecular biology of breast cancer development and progression with C/EBP transcription factors as pivots for mechanistic studies. Recent investigations involve the contributions of myeloid cell plasticity and tumor-induced myelopoiesis.