Amy Hafez is a Science and Technology Fellow to the U.S. Congress with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in the Center for Tobacco Research and Education examining the impact of nicotine on cancer progression.
Amy received her PhD from Duke University in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department. Dr. Hafez served as a graduate researcher in Dr. Micah Luftig’s laboratory where she studied the mechanisms by which viral infections cause human cancers. Her research focused on the early stages of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection, which is linked to development of lymphoma and gastric cancer. Dr. Hafez graduated in May 2018 and plans to pursue a career in science policy.
While at Duke, Dr. Hafez had been an active member of the Graduate and Professional Student Council. She was elected to represent Duke’s student body as the director of advocacy and was awarded the Community Citizenship Award for her leadership. Dr. Hafez was also selected to participate in The Graduate School’s Emerging Leaders Institute in 2015.
Throughout her career at Duke, Dr. Hafez has volunteered with the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Outreach Program, which is focused on teaching fundamental science concepts with a purpose of promoting science interest and education among K-12 students in the Triangle.
Before matriculating at Duke University, Dr. Hafez completed a Bachelor of Science at Salisbury University in Biology in May 2010. Dr. Hafez was awarded the Student Leader of the Year Award for her role as a member of the Salisbury University Student Government Association. She then completed a Master of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University in May 2012 and conducted her thesis research in Dr. Egbert Hoiczyk’s laboratory.
Dr. Hafez was elected young trustee by the Graduate and Professional Student Council in 2018, and served as an observer to the Board in 2018-2019. A voting member in 2019-2021, Dr. Hafez is a member of the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee.