In addition to glucose, breast tumors often utilize glutamine to support biomass and energetic requirements for cell proliferation and migration. While glutamine not only drives breast cancer cell growth, it is also a necessary amino acid for normal cell function for a wide range of other cells within the human body, including immune cells that target and kill cancer cells. Dr. Edwards' primary research focus is to investigate the microenvironmental role of glutamine metabolism in regulating tumor immunity and metastatic progression in breast cancer.
Deanna Edwards, PhD
1161 21st Avenue South, Medical Center North, Room / Suite T-3113, Nashville, TN 37232-2681
Research Instructor in Medicine
PhD - Toxicology - University of Kentucky, 2012
BS - Biochemistry - Lipscomb University, 2005
University of Kentucky,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2019