Iulia M. Lazar

Professor of Biological Sciences
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2011 Integrated Life Sciences Building (MC 0913)
1981 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
USA

Major Fields of Interest

Oncoproteomics, breast cancer cell cycle, signaling, biomarker discovery, development of advanced mass spectrometry and microfluidic technologies for the interrogation of biological systems

Current Research

Cancer is a disease of the cell cycle that results in uncontrolled proliferation of cells. In our laboratory, we explore the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer cell cycle regulation by using holistic, mass spectrometry-based systems biology approaches. We develop proteomic technologies for investigating the pathways that enable cancer cells to bypass tightly regulated molecular checkpoints, proliferate in an unrestrained manner, metastasize and hijack normal biological function. Further, we capitalize on the power of our proteomic data to identify novel therapeutic drug-targets, and to develop microfluidic architectures for targeted detection of biomarkers indicative of disease.

  • Professor, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2019-pres.)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Health Sciences and Department of Surgery, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (2013-pres.); Department of Chemistry (2012-pres.); Genetics, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology (2007-pres.); Biomedical Engineering (2005-2016)
  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2009-2019)       
  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute/Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (2003-2009)
  • Principal Scientist, Barnett Institute/Northeastern University, Boston, MA (2000-2003)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN (1998-2000)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sensar-Larson-Davis, Provo, UT (1997-1998)
  • Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (1992-1997)
  • Research Scientist, CCMP Solventul, Timisoara, Romania (1988-1992)
  • Chemical Engineer, CIC Arad, Romania (1984-1987)
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering/Organic Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute Traian Vuia, Timisoara, Romania (1979-1984)
  • Standing member, NIH Federal Advisory Committee/ISD (2018-2022) 
  • Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week, Blacksburg, VA (Dec. 8, 2014) 
  • NSF CAREER Award, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2005) 
  • John N. Hatsopoulos Scholar Award, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (2000) 
  • H. Tracy Hall Award, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (1996) 
  • Loren C. & Maurine F. Bryner Fellowship, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT (1994) 
  • Graduate Student Chemistry National Competition, Iasi, Romania, 3rd place (1980)