Erin Giles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Giles obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Canada) and her PhD in Medical Science from McMaster University and the Juravinski Cancer Center (Hamilton, Canada) where she studied mechanisms underlying the metastasis of breast cancer to bone. She then joined the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as a postdoctoral fellow, studying the interaction between obesity, postmenopausal weight gain, and breast cancer. Dr. Giles was awarded an NCI/NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award which funded her transition from a postdoctoral fellow to faculty member. She spent 5 years as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University before moving to Michigan in the Fall of 2022. Her research is focused on determining how menopausal weight gain and associated adipose inflammation contributed to breast cancer risk and progression, and using diet, exercise, and pharmacological interventions to decrease these obesity-associated comorbidities after menopause. Dr. Giles brings a strong history of funding success, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (K99/R00 and recent R01), American Institute for Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Research Interests

Obesity-related cancers (breast cancer), menopausal weight gain, adipose inflammation, metabolism, immunology, translational research, diet, exercise, and pharmacological interventions

Research Opportunities for Rotating Students

Multiple projects available, including the role of 1) exercise, 2) visceral fat, 3) pharmacological agents on cancer risk/progression

Other Info

Office Location

  • School of Kinesiology Building, Room 4235
  • Phone: 734-763-5269

Lab Location

  • School of Kinesiology Building, 4th Floor Wet Lab (4300 Suite)