Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

Linking DNA repair, adhesion signaling, and invasion in breast cancer progression

Professional Highlights


  • Research Program Member, Massey Cancer Center
  • Collaborator, Bissell Labs


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • B.Sc., Biology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Publications

Zhao M, Sachs PC, Wang X, Dumur CI, Idowu MO, Robila V, Francis MP, Ware J, Beckman M, Rizki A, Holt SE, Elmore LW. Mesenchymal stem cells in mammary adipose tissue stimulate progression of breast cancer resembling the basal-type. Cancer Biol Ther. 2012 Jul;13(9):782-92. PMCID: PMC3399703

Rizki A, Weaver VM, Lee SY, Rozenberg GI, Chin K, Myers CA, Bascom JL, Mott JD, Semeiks JR, Grate LR, Mian IS, Borowsky AD, Jensen RA, Idowu MO, Chen F, Chen DJ, Petersen OW, Gray JW, Bissell MJ.  A human breast cell model of preinvasive to invasive transition. Cancer Res. 2008 Mar 1;68(5):1378-87. PMCID: PMC2662716

Rizki A, Mott JD, Bissell MJ. Polo-like kinase 1 is involved in invasion through extracellular matrix. Cancer Res. 2007 Dec 1;67(23):11106-11110. PMCID: PMC3730820

Le Beyec J, Xu R, Lee SY, Nelson CM, Rizki A, Alcaraz J, Bissell MJ. Cell shape regulates global histone acetylation in human mammary epithelial cells. Exp Cell Res. 2007 Aug 15;313(14):3066-75. PMCID: PMC2040058

Semeiks JR, Rizki A, Bissell MJ, Mian IS. Ensemble attribute profile clustering: Discovering and characterizing groups of genes with similar patterns of biological features. BMC Bioinformatics. 2006 Mar 16;7147. PMCID: PMC1435935

Bissel MJ, Rizki A, Mian IS. Tissue architecture: the ultimate regulator of breast epithelial function. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2003 Dec;15(6):753-62. PMCID: PMC2933200

Kenny PA, Rizki A, American Society for Cell Biology. 42nd annual meeting of the american society for cell biology, san francisco, california, USA, 14-18 December 2002. Breast Cancer Res. 2003 5(3):147-153. PMCID: PMC165005

Bissell MJ, Radisky DC, Rizki A, Weaver VM, Petersen OW. The organizing principle: microenvironmental influences in the normal and malignant breast. Differentiation. 2002 Dec;70(9-10):537-46. PMCID: PMC2933198