Medical Oncology, Principal Associate in Medicine.
What brought you to Dana-Farber?
I always knew that I wanted to do cancer research, and I originally started out here as a postdoctoral fellow right after I got my PhD in 1993. I transferred to Harvard Medical School in 1996 to expand my horizons and work on more basic research, but couldn't stay away from Dana-Farber. I came back in 1998 and have been here ever since – I just love the environment.
What are your favorite memories of working here?
When I found out one of the drugs we developed to help reduce tumors had a curative effect in mice, and when another one of our drugs that helps treat chronic myeloid leukemia became FDA approved. It's nice to see the fruits of your labor go from the bench to the bedside.
What do you do to stay energized at work?
I need creative outlets. My husband, Ken Yoffe, and I have co-authored children's books: Friends and Mates in 50 States, All Across Canada, and the last book, inspired by our 3-year-old daughter, Emily, whom we adopted from China, All Across China. These books focus on a few different characters who tell their own stories about their native countries. They are being used in classrooms in New Hampshire and Canada to teach children about geography, and will hopefully be available in other areas shortly. All proceeds from book sales are going to specific foundations benefiting heart disease, breast cancer, Parkinson's, and dystonia.
Whom do you most admire?
My supervisor, Jim Griffin, MD, because he is the main reason I am able to work here and still have outside projects of my own. He understands that letting his employees be who they need to be makes for a better work environment.