Meet the Researchers

Christine Lovly, MD, PhD

Physician-scientist with a special interest in thoracic malignancies

Class of 2017

Improving therapies for targeted molecular groups in small-cell lung cancer

LCFA Grants and Small Cell Lung cancer

Dr. Christine Lovly, 2017 LCFA Grant Recipient, on what the grant means to her research in Small Cell Lung Cancer

Their Story

Dr. Lovly is a physician-scientist with a special interest in thoracic malignancies. Her clinical practice focuses primarily on the care of patients with lung cancer. Her laboratory research is directed at understanding and developing improved therapeutic strategies for specific clinically relevant molecular subsets of lung cancer.

She received a B.A. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University followed by M.D. and Ph.D. degrees as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She then completed internal medicine residency and medical oncology subspecialty training at Vanderbilt University. During her final year of fellowship, she was the Jim and Carol O’Hare Chief Fellow. She started on faculty at Vanderbilt in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology in July 2012.

She is the author of several peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and she is an active member in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She is also deputy editor for the website My Cancer Genome, a Vanderbilt-initiated, freely available website that aims to provide healthcare practitioners, patients, and advocates with up-to-date information regarding genetically informed cancer medicine.

Grants Awarded

2017 LCFA/IASLC Lori Monroe Scholarship for Translational Lung Cancer Research

Dr. Lovly was chosen for the Class of 2017 of the Lung Cancer Foundation of  America/International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Lori Monroe Scholarships in Translational Lung Cancer Research. Her LCFA-funded research involves small cell lung cancer.