Dr. Stacey Finley Builds Computational Models to Understand and Exploit Metabolic Dependencies in Cancer
Stacey Finley, Ph.D., a CSBC Investigator at the University of Southern California (USC), is working to identify new drug targets for cancer by studying the disease as a system of biochemical reactions. She trained in chemical engineering, since she was excited by the application of math, physics, and chemistry to solve problems. As an undergraduate, she applied her knowledge to manufacturing processes at Procter & Gamble through three summer internships. She worked to optimize refining processes for a product additive, maximize the efficiency of bar soap production, and designed experiments to understand which factors in a system contribute to the physical characteristics of dry laundry detergent particles. Now, Dr. Finley uses engineering tools to answer biological questions about human health.