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Amy Hafez, Ph.D.

ACS Congressional Fellow, 2019-2020


Amy Hafez earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University where she investigated the intersect of viral infections and human cancers under the direction of Dr. Micah Luftig. Her research focused on the early stages of Epstein-Barr virus infection, which is linked to the development of various lymphomas and gastric cancer. As a graduate student, Amy was selected to receive the Viral Oncology Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award as well as the Viral Oncology Award and the Duke Chairman’s Meritorious Award for research-related travel.

While at Duke, Amy worked with the Duke Initiative for Science and Society as a contributor to the Duke SciPol legislative tracking website writing policy briefs on science-related policies. She also served as the Director of Advocacy on the Graduate and Professional Student Council and was awarded the Community Citizenship Award for her advocacy efforts on behalf of the graduate and professional student population at Duke.

After graduate school, Amy directed her experience in cancer research toward studying the establishment of tobacco-related cancers. She investigated the role of nicotine in cancer progression mechanisms as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.

Amy has also earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salisbury University and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. 



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