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Dr. Brainson joined the faculty of the UK College of Medicine Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology in 2016. Previously she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Boston Children's Hospital, where she was part of the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics, the Boston Children's Hospital Stem Cell Program, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Dr. Brainson completed her Bachelor of Arts at Middlebury College and earned her PhD from Tufts University. Recently, Dr. Brainson was named a Markey Women Strong Distinguished Researcher and grant recipient.

Her research focuses on defining precision medicine opportunities for lung cancer by leveraging ideas and techniques from stem cell biology and epigenetics. Her research is currently funded through the National Cancer Institute, Markey Women Strong, the American Lung Association, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the American Cancer Society.

Research Interests

Epigenetic control of lung stem cells and lung cancer.

For more information on Dr. Brainson's lab, visit the homepage online.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Post Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University


Doctor of Philosophy, Tufts University


Bachelor of Arts, Middlebury College



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