Wistar biostatistician Qin Liu, M.D., Ph.D., recently sat down with Nature magazine to discuss her goals of bridging basic science and clinical research, and how she came to be the researcher she is today.
Here's an exercpt:
What was a pivotal point in your early research?
I found that women who get pregnant have an increased risk of developing breast cancer for several years after pregnancy — but later in life, their risk decreases. My team and I interpreted this as evidence that the risk might be associated with hormonal changes. That was a big paper for me. Several years later, using a similar statistical model applied to the same Swedish population data, we found the opposite trend for ovarian cancer. We need more data to understand this phenomenon.
Check it out here.