Marie-France Penet - NMC2020
Dr. Marie-France Penet obtained her Ph.D. degree at the University of Aix-Marseille in France in 2005. Her Ph.D. thesis was on cerebral malaria, using an experimental model to describe how the parasite affects cerebral perfusion, angiogenesis and metabolism.
After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Penet joined the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a Research Fellow in Dr. Bhujwalla’s lab. She focused on combining magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy together with optical imaging and molecular analyses to study the tumor microenvironment and understand the role of hypoxia, tumor vascularization and tumor metabolism in tumor progression and metastasis in an experimental model of prostate cancer.
Dr. Penet was promoted to Instructor in 2010, and to Assistant Professor in 2013. For the past few years, she has been working on different cancer types, applying multimodal imaging techniques to study the tumor microenvironment, as well as cancer cachexia, and theranostics. Recently, her work has been more focused on ovarian cancer, to improve early detection, better understand tumor growth, metabolism, ascites formation, and to explore new therapeutic approaches.