Holly Attebury

Holly Attebury

Graduate Student


I graduated from University of Michigan Flint as a Maize and Blue Distinguished High Honors Scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with a Chemistry minor. My undergraduate research examined gene expression of key known regulators of breast cancer metastasis: metalloproteinases (MMP9) and 2 proprotein convertases, furin and PACE 4 under various environmental stressors. I joined the University of Michigan Cancer Biology program in the Spring of 2020. In my free time I enjoy horseback riding, running, kayaking, basically anything outdoors and watching Big Bang reruns with my husband.

Research Interests

Molecular pathogenesis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and translational applications of basic discoveries. I have a keen interest in epigenetics and the microbiome’s influence on the immune response.

Techniques Used

Epigenetic, cellular and molecular techniques.


Distinguished Maize and Blue Scholar Award 2020, University of Michigan - Flint
Biology Department Research Scholar Award 2020, University of Michigan - Flint
Cancer Research Summer Internship Program (CaRSIP) Awardee 2019, University of Michigan

Diversity Ambassador

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • First Generation College Student