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Susan Kay Murphy, PhD

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Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 119 B Wing LSRC, 308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 681-3423

Ovarian and cervical cancer epigenetics, imprinted genes in ovarian and cervical cancers, identification of methylation biomarkers of disease, ovarian cancer stem cells, chemotherapeutic response in ovarian cancer, tumor dormancy, the influence of the in utero environment on DNA methylation and risk of disease.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University, 1998
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1992

Selected Grants and Awards


Baba, Tsukasa, Seiichi Mori, Noriomi Matsumura, Masatoshi Kariya, Susan K. Murphy, Eiji Kondoh, Takashi Kusakari, et al. “Trophinin is a potent prognostic marker of ovarian cancer involved in platinum sensitivity..” Biochem Biophys Res Commun 360, no. 2 (August 24, 2007): 363–69.

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Hempel, Nadine, Tam How, Mei Dong, Susan K. Murphy, Timothy A. Fields, and Gerard C. Blobe. “Loss of betaglycan expression in ovarian cancer: role in motility and invasion..” Cancer Res 67, no. 11 (June 1, 2007): 5231–38.

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Spillman, Monique A., Judith Lacy, Susan K. Murphy, Regina S. Whitaker, Lisa Grace, Vanessa Teaberry, Jeffrey R. Marks, and Andrew Berchuck. “Regulation of the metastasis suppressor gene MKK4 in ovarian cancer..” Gynecol Oncol 105, no. 2 (May 2007): 312–20.

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Price, Thomas M., Susan K. Murphy, and Edward V. Younglai. “Perspectives: the possible influence of assisted reproductive technologies on transgenerational reproductive effects of environmental endocrine disruptors..” Toxicol Sci 96, no. 2 (April 2007): 218–26.

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Risinger, John Ian, Gadisetti V. R. Chandramouli, G Larry Maxwell, Mary Custer, Svetlana Pack, Dmitri Loukinov, Olga Aprelikova, et al. “Global expression analysis of cancer/testis genes in uterine cancers reveals a high incidence of BORIS expression..” Clin Cancer Res 13, no. 6 (March 15, 2007): 1713–19.

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Schildkraut, Joellen M., Susan K. Murphy, Rachel T. Palmieri, Edwin Iversen, Patricia G. Moorman, Zhiqing Huang, Susan Halabi, et al. “Trinucleotide repeat polymorphisms in the androgen receptor gene and risk of ovarian cancer..” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 16, no. 3 (March 2007): 473–80.

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Murphy, Susan K., Zhiqing Huang, Yaqing Wen, Monique A. Spillman, Regina S. Whitaker, Lauren R. Simel, Teresa D. Nichols, Jeffrey R. Marks, and Andrew Berchuck. “Frequent IGF2/H19 domain epigenetic alterations and elevated IGF2 expression in epithelial ovarian cancer..” Mol Cancer Res 4, no. 4 (April 2006): 283–92.

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Schildkraut, Joellen M., Amy French, Brian Calingaert, Rex C. Bentley, Susan Murphy, Jeffrey R. Marks, Patricia Moorman, Susan Halabi, and Andrew Berchuck. “Molecular epidemiology of cyclin E overexpression in epithelial ovarian cancer.” In Cancer Research, Vol. 66. AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH, 2006.