Senior Research Technologist
Qun Niu graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Xinjiang University in Urumqi, China and then moved to the United States in 1989. After working for several years as a laboratory technician at Purdue University and then at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Niu joined Dr. Olopade’s lab in 2002, where she studies the genetics of breast cancer. Currently, she is managing the collection of DNA, serum, plasma and tissue samples the lab is developing to characterize the BRCA1 and BRCA2 variants in a cohort of Nigerian breast cancer patients. Ultimately, these variants will be a resource for identifying novel deleterious alleles and cancer risk associated with different genetic backgrounds. Because these variants may reveal epidemiologically meaningful gene-gene and gene-environment interactions, these studies complement Ms. Niu’s interest in breast cancer prevention through lifestyle changes. She is developing a process for efficiently cataloguing and retrieving well-annotated samples. She is responsible for training and supervising students in the lab.