UPMC Hillman Cancer Center would like to welcome Melanie Potiaumpai, PhD, MPH, effective August 1, 2023. Dr. Potiaumpai is joining as assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the Biobehavioral Cancer Control Program and Exercise Oncology Lab at UPMC Hillman.
Dr. Potiaumpai will develop an independently funded and nationally recognized research program focusing on using exercise in cancer prevention, control, and survivorship. Dr. Potiaumpai will collaborate with basic, clinical, and population research faculty across UPMC Hillman to facilitate and maximize these efforts.
She is joining from the Penn State Cancer Institute at Penn State University, College of Medicine, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Potiaumpai has published 18 refereed journal articles and has several more manuscripts in development and review. She has presented her research findings at national conferences and been featured in interviews published in broadly disseminated outlets including the New York Times and Women’s Health Magazine.
Dr. Potiaumpai is the recipient of several grants, including a F32 from the National Cancer Institute to support her work, Exercise for Sarcopenia in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients. She is actively involved in the scientific enterprise as a mentor, as a reviewer for several journals, and as a member of the Moving Through Cancer Initiative and the Mid-Atlantic Region Research Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Potiaumpai earned her MPH from the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami, and her MS in Clinical & Applied Exercise Physiology also from the University of Miami.