Kandice Tanner

February 24, 2020

The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Kandice Tanner. Dr. Tanner is a Stadtman principal investigator post at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Kandice TannerKandice Tanner graduated from South Carolina State University summa cum laude with a dual degree in electrical engineering technology and physics in 2002. She received her doctoral degree in Physics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006. She then became a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Post-doctoral fellow jointly at University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory under Dr. Mina J. Bissell. Dr. Tanner joined the National Cancer Institute as a Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator in July, 2012, where she integrates concepts from molecular biophysics and cell biology to learn how cells and tissues sense and respond to their physical microenvironment. Currently, her research focuses on understanding the metastatic traits that allow tumor cells to colonize secondary organs.

For her work, she has been awarded the 2013 National Cancer Institute Director’s Intramural Innovation Award, the 2015 NCI Leading Diversity award, Federal Technology Transfer Award in 2016 and 2018, the 2016 Young Fluorescence Investigator award from the Biophysical Society, and named as a Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering in 2016 by the Biomedical Engineering Society. She serves as an editorial board member of Scientific Reports and Physical Biology.

Legacy - Opening Doors for Future Researchers

Dr. Tanner feels strongly that she needs to remember where she came from. She currently serves on the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity of the Biophysical Society, a Member at large for the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society and on the membership committee of the American Society of Cell Biology. Future outreach endeavors may include hosting high school or university students or participate in a joint program. Her advice to anyone young people attempting to follow in her footsteps: "do not let anyone define who you are or who you want to become."