Dr Emma Allott
Dr Emma Allott is a molecular cancer epidemiologist whose research integrates epidemiologic methods and design with molecular tumour profiling to identify mechanisms linking dietary and lifestyle factors with cancer risk and progression. She directs -omics and immunohistochemistry analyses of archival tissue specimens to generate molecular epidemiology resources, and leads a research program focused on the role of statin use, high serum cholesterol and dysregulated tumour lipid metabolism in prostate cancer progression. Dr Allott completed her Ph.D. in molecular cancer biology at Trinity College Dublin, and went on to do a Cancer Prevention, Detection and Control Fellowship at Duke University, using mouse models of prostate cancer to study the effect of obesity and high serum cholesterol on prostate tumour growth alongside examining associations between serum lipids, statin use and prostate cancer aggressiveness and progression in epidemiologic studies. She continued her epidemiology training as a postdoc in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she had a leadership role in tumour subtyping efforts in the Carolina Breast Cancer Study and AMBER breast cancer consortium.In 2015, Dr Allott joined the University of North Carolina faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, supported by the American Institute for Cancer Research Marilyn Gentry fellowship. In 2017, she was awarded the first Irish Cancer Society John Fitzpatrick Research Fellowship, a partnership between Trinity College Dublin, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to study the role of lipids in treatment response and prostate cancer outcomes. In early 2018, she spent six months as a Visiting Professor at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute where her research focused on incorporating genetic information into studies of diet and cancer to understand how intra-individual variation in nutrient metabolism could affect these associations. In August 2018, she was appointed Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology and Nutrition at Queen’s University Belfast. In addition to ongoing active collaborations with UNC, Dr. Allott maintains active roles as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin and as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.