Following lactation, the mammary gland (breast) undergoes a massive cell death program. Whilst milk-producing cells are rapidly eliminated, nearby stem cells and ductal cells persist, a phenomenon that allows women to breastfeed again with each subsequent pregnancy. This research explores how these cells are highly resistant to this post-lactational cell death environment. An understanding of the pathways regulating cell death in the normal breast will provide important insights into the mechanisms that underpin death resistance in breast cancer.

Expected outcomes and deliverables: 

This project will provide introductory-level training in cell and animal physiology, as well as important insights into the exciting world of biomedical research.

Suited to a highly motivated and enthusiastic student considering a career in translational biomedical research. 


Administrative enquiries: Please contact Myrtle Sahabandu, Research and Scholarships Officer (Thursday and Friday), School of Pharmacy Email:  

Project members

Dr Felicity Davis

Honorary Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy