Dr. Michelle Lane received her PhD from Rutgers University in Nutritional Sciences. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the Nutrition and Foods Program. Dr. Lane teaches a variety of classes including Nutrition and Genetics and Nutritional Biochemistry.
Dr. Lane’s main research focus is the ability of vitamin A (retinol) to prevent colorectal cancer metastasis. Specifically, Dr. Lane and her laboratory are examining how retinol interacts with the enzyme phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and the signaling molecules affected downstream of PI3K that inhibit colorectal cancer cell invasion.
Dr. Lane’s research also concerns the ability of 13-cis-retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A, to cause clinical depression. Currently, her laboratory is working to elucidate the neuronal networks and neurotransmitters affected by 13-cis-retinoic acid.
Dr. Lane’s research is funded by external grants from this National Institutes of Health and the American Institute for Cancer Research.