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Frances Aitpillah

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar, 2012-13

  • About

    Francis Aitpillah is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons. He is a general surgeon with a full-time commitment to research, teaching and clinical practice in general surgery. His primary research has focused on ethnicity-related variation in breast biology.
    His current research project is entitled: “Chemo-Resistance of Breast Cancer Stem Cells.”
    The objective of this study is to test the hypothesis that breast cancer stem cells are relatively resistant to chemotherapy compared to the differentiated cells which form the bulk of the tumor, thus contributing to tumor resistance to chemotherapy and relapse following therapy. Frances is working with Lisa Newman, Professor of Surgery and Director, University of Michigan Breast Care Center.