Rebecca Aft, PhD, MD

AftDr. Rebecca Aft is a currently a Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and specializes in cancer surgery with an emphasis on breast cancer. She received her PhD from the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MD from Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the faculty at Washington University after completing a residency in surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is currently on staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the John Cochran Veterans Administration Hospital and divides her time between clinical practice and translational research. Dr. Aft has been the PI on multiple extramural and intramural grants as well as have been the PI on several clinic trials. Dr. Aft’s main research interest is characterizing disseminated tumor cells in breast cancer. These cells are intermediaries in the development of metastases.  Her work focuses on molecularly characterizing these cells for predictive biomarker development and new therapeutic interventions.