Symposium Speaker: Athena Starlard-Davenport, PhD, MS

Dr. Athena Starlard-Davenport is Assistant Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN.  Dr. Starlard-Davenport earned a Masters in Biology at University of Louisiana at Monroe and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine.  Following her graduate studies, Dr. Starlard-Davenport spent several years at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an ORISE post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Toxicological Research, an FDA Commissioner's Fellow, and as a staff fellow.  She then returned to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to design tools to promote and increase cancer awareness and the importance of biobanking as part of the Department of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.  Dr. Starlard-Davenport is now at UTHSC where she leads as PI the Sistas Taking A stand for breast cancer Research (STAR) study.  Dr. Starlard-Davenport is a current (2019-2021) Human Genetics Scholar with the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG).


Recent Publications

  1. Starlard-Davenport, A, Fitzgerald, A, Pace, BS. Exploring epigenetic and microRNA approaches for γ-globin gene regulation. Exp Biol Med (Maywood) 2021; 246 (22): 2347-2357. PubMed PMID:34292080 PubMed Central PMC8606961.
  2. Pace, BS, Starlard-Davenport, A, Kutlar, A. Sickle cell disease: progress towards combination drug therapy. Br J Haematol 2021; 194 (2): 240-251. PubMed PMID:33471938 PubMed Central PMC8282668.
  3. Xu, F, Gao, J, Munkhsaikhan, U, Li, N, Gu, Q, Pierre, JF, Starlard-Davenport, A, Towbin, JA, Cui, Y, Purevjav, E et al.. The Genetic Dissection of Ace2 Expression Variation in the Heart of Murine Genetic Reference Population. Front Cardiovasc Med 2020; 7 : 582949. PubMed PMID:33330645 PubMed Central PMC7714829.
  4. Gao, J, Xu, F, Starlard-Davenport, A, Miller, DB, O'Callaghan, JP, Jones, BC, Lu, L. Exploring the Role of Chemokine Receptor 6 (Ccr6) in the BXD Mouse Model of Gulf War Illness. Front Neurosci 2020; 14 : 818. PubMed PMID:32922257 PubMed Central PMC7456958.
  5. Zheng, QY, Kui, L, Xu, F, Zheng, T, Li, B, McCarty, M, Sun, Z, Zhang, A, Liu, L, Starlard-Davenport, A et al.. An Age-Related Hearing Protection Locus on Chromosome 16 of BXD Strain Mice. Neural Plast 2020; 2020 : 8889264. PubMed PMID:32587610 PubMed Central PMC7298343.
  6. Xu, F, Ashbrook, DG, Gao, J, Starlard-Davenport, A, Zhao, W, Miller, DB, O'Callaghan, JP, Williams, RW, Jones, BC, Lu, L et al.. Genome-wide transcriptome architecture in a mouse model of Gulf War Illness. Brain Behav Immun 2020; 89 : 209-223. PubMed PMID:32574576 PubMed Central PMC7787136.
  7. Cai, R, Tao, X, Chen, Y, Starlard-Davenport, A, Jones, BC, Cook, MN, Lu, L. Pex3 is involved in the genetic regulation of Nr3c2 expression in the amygdala of mice. Psychiatry Res 2020; 285 : 112760. PubMed PMID:32045820 .
  8. Smith, A, Cropp, CD, Vidal, G, Pritchard, E, Cordero, J, Simpson, C, Starlard-Davenport, A. Prevalence of the UGT1A1*28 promoter polymorphism and breast cancer risk among African American women in Memphis, TN. Cancer Health Disparities 2019; 3 : e1-e12. PubMed PMID:31485577 PubMed Central PMC6724729.
  9. Smith, A, Pierre, JF, Makowski, L, Tolley, E, Lyn-Cook, B, Lu, L, Vidal, G, Starlard-Davenport, A. Distinct microbial communities that differ by race, stage, or breast-tumor subtype in breast tissues of non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White women. Sci Rep 2019; 9 (1): 11940. PubMed PMID:31420578 PubMed Central PMC6697683.
  10. Starlard-Davenport, A, Smith, A, Vu, L, Li, B, Pace, BS. MIR29B mediates epigenetic mechanisms of HBG gene activation. Br J Haematol 2019; 186 (1): 91-100. PubMed PMID:30891745 PubMed Central PMC6589104.
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