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Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Areas of Research

Breast Cancer, Health Disparities, Nutritional Science

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and the Director of the Women’s Health, Hormones, and Nutrition lab at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She received her B.S. degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in 2002. After completing her PhD and Postdoctoral studies on Mechanisms of Estrogen Receptor Action, she joined the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at UIUC, in 2014. 

Madak-Erdogan improves the quality of life for postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors by understanding how diet and nutrition affect hormone action. Her lab uses multiscale modeling of –omics data from patient samples, animal models, and cell lines to understand the molecular basis of metabolic regulation by nuclear receptors and therapy resistance.

In addition to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, she has taught courses in the areas of Diet, Nutrition and Cancer, Nutrition and Women’s Health, and Toxicology. She has received several awards including the National Institutes of Health Future Research Leader, the Women in Endocrinology Young Investigator Award, and the Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Nutrition. Dr. Madak-Erdogan is also an active member of CRAG, the Cancer Research Advocacy Group at the U of I, dedicated to bringing the cancer patient perspective to cancer research.