Katie Basham, Ph.D.

Principal investigator

Katie grew up in Idaho and obtained her B.S. in biology from Saint Mary's College of California in 2008. She completed her Ph.D. in 2014 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, where she trained with Dr. Bryan Welm. Her graduate thesis focused on mechanisms of normal mammary gland development and how these same pathways become deregulated during breast cancer initiation and progression. For her postdoctoral fellowship, Katie moved to the University of Michigan to train with Dr. Gary Hammer. There, Katie's work focused on understanding normal development and cancer in the adrenal gland, which is an essential endocrine organ responsible for steroid hormone production. Katie will join the faculty at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in January 2021. Outside the lab, Katie loves to ski, mountain bike, and explore new places.

Lihua Liu, M.S.

Senior laboratory specialist

Lihua is originally from China and obtained her B.S. in medicine and M.S. in biology from West China University of Medical Sciences in 1982 and 1986. She later found her real passion was in medical research and came to the University of Utah, where she has worked for 28 years in biomedical research. Lihua has extensive experience studying fertility and gonadal development. She will join the Basham Lab in January 2021. Outside the lab, Lihua enjoys hiking, dance, Taiji, gardening, and reading novels, particularly from Dan Brown and John Grisham.

We are actively recruiting motivated individuals to join us in January 2021!

Please see the Join Us! page for more information. 

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