"Dr. Stephen D. Hursting is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Molecular Carcinogenesis at UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center. He earned his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry and a MPH in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed postdoctoral training in molecular carcinogenesis and cancer prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Prior to joining the University of Texas in 2005, Dr. Hursting was Deputy Director of NCI’s Office of Preventive Oncology and Chief of NCI’s Nutrition and Molecular Carcinogenesis Laboratory Section. His research interests center on diet-gene interactions relevant to cancer prevention, particularly the molecular and metabolic mechanisms underlying energy balance-cancer associations. Primarily using transgenic mouse models of breast, pancreatic and other cancers, he is currently focusing on the molecular and metabolic changes occurring in response to lifestyle-based (dietary and physical activity), genetic, or pharmacologic (ie, metformin, rapamycin, Lovaza, Brevail) manipulation of energy metabolism and cell signaling pathways, with emphasis on the IGF-1/Akt/mTOR, NF-kB, and Wnt signaling pathways. He also has expertise in assessing diet-related serum and tissue biomarkers, including hormones/growth factors, cytokines and chemokines, and microRNA’s in mouse and human samples". - UA Department of Nutritional Sciences & College of Agriculture and Life Sciences