Dr. Rachel Murphy joins the faculty at the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention and has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. The Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention is a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Murphy’s current research focuses on nutrition, obesity, and chronic disease prevention. She studies how to reduce the risk of cancer through modifiable factors, such as diet, body weight, and physical activity with a particular interest in older populations.
Dr. Murphy is an outstanding addition to the growing faculty at the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention. Her appointment demonstrates the continued development of the Centre and increases the capacity for cancer prevention research in BC.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Murphy to our team,” says Dr. Carolyn Gotay, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. “She is an expert in obesity and cancer risk, and has already initiated some very exciting findings at this early stage of her career. Dr. Murphy has great potential to contribute to cancer prevention research in British Columbia.”
Dr. Murphy seeks to understand the relationship between body weight and key dietary nutrients important for maintaining health in Canadian populations, and how small molecule metabolites may help identify the links between risk factors and disease.
Dr. Murphy received her PhD in nutrition and metabolism from the University of Alberta, and completed postdoctoral work at the National Institute on Aging in the US. She has received many awards for her work, including the Canadian Nutrition Society PhD Dissertation Award, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Fellows Award for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Rachel Murphy discusses why reducing your middle matters: