Galina Botchkina, PhD

Galina I. Botchkina, PhD
Associate Professor of Research
Cancer Stem Cell Laboratory
Chemistry Building, Rm 472
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400

Tel: (631) 793-8676
E-mail: galina.botchkina@stonybrook.edu

Research Summary:
Dr. Botchkina completed her graduate training and dissertation for two disciplines: Human Physiology and Biophysics at the Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, Russia.  Her postdoctoral training in neuroscience and molecular biology was completed at the University of California, San Francisco. Her current research is focused on cancer stem cells (CSCs) and CSC-targeted anti-cancer drug development. She was a pioneer in isolation, purification and characterization of prostate and colon CSCs here at SBU. The most current projects of Dr. Botchkina are focused on patient-derived CSCs and search for effective drug combinations for their abrogation. Her expertise in this area was reflected in several invited reviews, book chapters and peer-reviewed papers. She has also been engaged in the development of mathematical modeling of cancer stem cells biology in collaboration with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Education:      
Institution and Location Degree Year(s) Field of Study
Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, Russia  M.S. 1974 Human Physiology
Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, Russia  Ph.D. 1979 Human Physiology; Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral 1989-91 Neurobiology
Positions and Employment:
1979-89
Research Scientist (Junior to Senior), National Cardiology Center, Moscow, Russia 
1989-91
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
1991-93 Research Scientist, State University of NY, Stony Brook
1993-94 Assistant Professor of Research, State University of NY, Stony Brook
1994-99   Assistant Professor, NYU Medical Center; Picower Institute for Medical Research
1999-07 Assistant Professor of Research, State University of NY, Stony Brook
2007-present
Associate Professor of Research, State University of NY, Stony Brook
Other Experience and Professional Memberships (selected):
2006-present    Reviewer; Cancer Letters, UK
2009-present 
Reviewer; Department of Defense; CDMRP
2009-present Reviewer; National Medical Research Council, Singapore
2012-present  Editorial Board Member; Conference Papers in Science (Biology); Hindawi Press  
2007-present  Member of International Society for Stem Cell Research
2002-present  Member of American Association for Cancer Research
1991-95  Member, ARVO
1996-99  Member, European Society for Neuroscience
1995-99 Member, FASEB
1990-92 American Pain Society
1990-99  Member, Society for Neuroscience
Honors: (selected)
1975
1st  Prize on the National Competition of Young Scientist, Moscow, USSR
1975 
Scholarship for Scientific Research, Moscow State University
2002
NYSTAR Award (Biotechnology CAT)
2004, 2006, 2009
NYSTAR Awards (Sensor CAT)
2007   Long Island League for Abolishing Cancer (LILAC) Award, NY
2008 Sigma Xi Award (mentor)  
2009
Gold Water Award (mentor)

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