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Nomeli P. Nunez, PH.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor    

2002 Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
1999 Ph.D., Pharmacology/Toxicology, Washington State University
1992 B.A., Biology, University of California at Santa Cruz


Clinical Expertise

  1. Breast cancer
  2. Obesity
  3. Diabetes
  4. Alcohol consumption

Research Interests
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American women.  Breast cancer risk is increased by both obesity and alcohol consumption.  However, the mechanism of how these factors affect breast cancer development is not fully known.  My laboratory at Georgia State University focuses on investigating how these risk factors influence breast cancer development with the ultimate goal of finding targets to prevent the effects of alcohol and obesity on breast cancer.

Scholarship publications, funding, podium presentations for past 2-3 years
American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

Selected Publications

  1. Nikki A. Ford, Nomeli P. Nunez, Valerie B. Holcomb, Stephen D. Hursting, IGF1 dependence of dietary energy balance effects on murine Met1 mammary tumor progression, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, and chemokine expression Endocr. Relat. Cancer, 20(1), 39-51 (2013)
  2. Alison E. Harvey, Laura M. Lashinger, Glen Otto, Nomeli P. Nunez, Stephen D. Hursting, Decreased systemic IGF-1 in response to calorie restriction modulates murine tumor cell growth, nuclear factor-κB activation, and inflammation-related gene expression Mol. Carcinog., 52(12), 997-1006 (2013)
  3. R. E. Stubbins, K. Najjar, V. B. Holcomb, J. Hong, N. P. Núñez, Oestrogen alters adipocyte biology and protects female mice from adipocyte inflammation and insulin resistance Diabetes Obes Metab, 14(1), 58-66 (2012)
  4. Amy W. Wong, Sarah M. Dunlap, Valerie B. Holcomb, Nomeli P. Nunez, Alcohol promotes mammary tumor development via the estrogen pathway in estrogen receptor alpha-negative HER2/neu mice Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res., 36(4), 577-87 (2012)
  5. Kyoko Kushiro, Randy A. Chu, Akanksha Verma, Nomelí P. Núñez, Adipocytes Promote B16BL6 Melanoma Cell Invasion and the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition Cancer Microenviron, 5(1), 73-82 (2012)
  6. Valerie B. Holcomb, Jina Hong, Nomelí P. Núñez, Exogenous estrogen protects mice from the consequences of obesity and alcohol Menopause, 19(6), 680-90 (2012)
  7. Renee E. Stubbins, Valerie B. Holcomb, Jina Hong, Nomelí P. Núñez, Estrogen modulates abdominal adiposity and protects female mice from obesity and impaired glucose tolerance Eur J Nutr, 51(7), 861-70 (2012)
  8. Renee E. Stubbins, Aisha Hakeem, Nomelí P. Núñez, Using components of the vitamin D pathway to prevent and treat colon cancer Nutr. Rev., 70(12), 721-9 (2012)
  9. Amy W. Wong, Qiwei X. Paulson, Jina Hong, Renee E. Stubbins, Karen Poh, Emily Schrader, Nomeli P. Nunez, Alcohol promotes breast cancer cell invasion by regulating the Nm23-ITGA5 pathway J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res., 30(), 75 (2011)
  10. Jina Hong, Valerie B. Holcomb, Kyoko Kushiro, Nomelí P. Núñez, Estrogen inhibits the effects of obesity and alcohol on mammary tumors and fatty liver Int. J. Oncol., 39(6), 1443-53 (2011)
  11. Kyoko Kushiro, Nomelí P. Núñez, Ob/ob serum promotes a mesenchymal cell phenotype in B16BL6 melanoma cells Clin. Exp. Metastasis, 28(8), 877-86 (2011)
  12. A. W. Wong, S. M. Smith, N. P. Nunez, Abstract 1088: Characterizing the effects of alcohol on the ER-alpha status of HER2 breast cancer Cancer Res. , 71(8 Supplement), 1088-1088 (2011)
  13. K. Kushiro, N. P. Nunez, Abstract 970: Obesity promotes melanoma metastasis by modulating Snai1 and KiSS1 expression Cancer Res. , 71(8 Supplement), 970-970 (2011)

Selected Presentations
Effects of obesity on breast cancer development at the 1st. International Symposium Topics of Cancer: Its association with obesity, Mexico City, November 2012.

American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

Grant Reviewer for the National Institutes of Health