Now Dr. Curtis is a Professor of Medicine (Oncology), Genetics and Biomedical Data Science and an Endowed Scholar at Stanford University. She also serves as the Director of Artificial Intelligence and Cancer Genomics and of Breast Cancer Translational Research. Her research focuses on understanding cancer progression and response to therapy, with a focus on breast cancer, and she’s received multiple awards for her research.
Dr. Curtis has received V Foundation funding on multiple occasions, first in 2012 as a V Scholar. At the time, her research focused on ideas that were new in the cancer research landscape. Funding from the V Foundation allowed her, and her team, to do work she deemed foundational to her understanding of how tumors evolve, evade therapy and metastasize to different organ sites.
Building upon that research, Dr. Curtis received a translational grant from the V Foundation in 2016 focused upon developing personalized therapies. The goal was to understand how patients may or may not benefit from chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is vitally important in cancer treatment today, but it can be toxic to the body.
“We want to make sure that the patients that needed it receive it and those that don’t have to receive this drug or in instances where patients might not achieve sufficient benefit. We want to spare them that toxicity.”