Brandi Brandon Knight, Ph.D.

Brandi Brandon Knight, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Medical Education

Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology
Location: Hugh Gloster Building 208
Phone: (404) 752-1085


Morehouse School of Medicine
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Spelman College
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Research Interests

Breast Cancer and Obesity in African-American Women Under 40


Taliaferro-Smith, L., Nagalingam, A., Knight, BB., Oberlick, E., Saxena, NK., Sharma, D.  “Integral Role of PTP1B in Adiponectin-Mediated Inhibition of Oncogenic Actions of Leptin in Breast Carcinogenesis.” Neoplasia.  2013 Jan; 15(1):23-38.

Knight, BB., Oprea-Ilies, GM., Nagalingam, A., Taliaferro-Smith, L., Yang, L., Ospio, C., Cohen, C., Saxena, NK., and Sharma, D.  “Survivin upregulation, dependent on leptin-EGFR-Notch axis, is essential for leptin-induced migration of breast carcinoma cells.”  Endocrine Related Cancer. 2011 Jul 1;18(4):413-28.  PMID: 21555376.

Saxena, NK., Taliaferro-Smith, L., Knight, BB., Merlin, D., Anania, FA., O’Regan, RMO., and Sharma, DS.  “Bidirectional crosstalk between leptin and insulin-like growth factor-1 signaling promotes invasion and migration of breast cancer cells via transactivation of epidermal growth factor receptor.”  Cancer Research.  2008 Dec 1;68(23):9712-22.  PMID: 19047149.

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Honors and Awards

Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Award, AACR

2011: Faculty Conference Travel Award - Orlando, FL 

2010-2007: Fellowships in Research Science and Teaching (FIRST) Postdoctoral Fellowship Emory University