William Farrar, M.D.
College of Medicine
Physician, Medical Director, Director of The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition, Obesity
Areas of Expertise: breast cancer, breast cancer treatment, breast cancer prevention, nutrition, breast cancer clinical trials
My contribution to the mission of the Food innovation Center is to determine the role of nutrition in cancer prevention. Specifically, my focus is cancer prevention research to identify and characterize molecular targets for bioactive food components. A bioactive active food component is defined as a dietary constituent that has a health benefit by altering one or more cellular processes when provided in quantities over and beyond that are needed for basic nutrition. My research interests are also to study bioactive food components with cancer-preventative properties and to examine key epigenetic processes in order to begin to establish linkages between epigenetics, methylation patterns, and tumor incidences/behaviors.