Office Address:
1161 21st Avenue South, Medical Center North, Room / Suite T-3113, Nashville, TN 37232-2681

Former Chen Lab Member

Research Instructor in Medicine

Division of Rheumatology & Immunology


PhD - Toxicology - University of Kentucky, 2012
BS - Biochemistry - Lipscomb University, 2005

Postgraduate Training


University of Kentucky, 

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2019

Professional Highlights

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.