The American Association for Cancer Research has selected Dr. Quentin Felty as one of the recipients of the 2016 AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award. Dr. Felty is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, which is one of the many schools and colleges of Florida International University. FIU is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Felty received a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health where he was an NCI Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program Fellow. Dr. Felty’s ongoing research focuses on molecular risk factors of susceptibility to metabolic syndrome and its contribution to health disparities in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Metabolic syndrome has reached epidemic proportions and consequently impacts public health. Dr. Felty’s laboratory uses state-of-the-art approaches that study metabolic syndrome as the precursor of chronic disease with the hope of controlling these diseases in vulnerable communities.
The mission of the AACR is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication and collaboration. For this reason, the AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards are presented to scientists at the level of assistant professor or above at a minority-serving institution, who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical or translational cancer research. This award program has a dual purpose: to increase the scientific knowledge base of faculty members at minority-serving institutions, and to encourage them and their students to pursue careers in cancer research.