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Denise K Reaves

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Lab Manager
(919) 530-6539
(919) 530-7773
2179 Mary M. Townes Science Building


Lab manager handling day to day administrative activities while performing research at the bench.


My family moved around SC until settling back Florence where I attended my grade schools and until I left for my adventures to begin. I traveled around, got my bearings and decided to attend college.

My original degree received is in Interior Design. This was not a good idea, like a square peg. So I took some time off, worked in restaurants and traveled Europe. This was a GREAT idea, really changed my life for the better. Traveling with friends and meeting people while engrossing myself in culture and food was priceless. When I decided to grow up, I received my undergrad BS with a minor in chemistry at NCCU. After graduation, I worked as a lab manager for Dr. Catherine Silver Key in her NCCU developmental Genetics lab. It was an incredible learning experience that prompted me to continue my education. My contract ended after 3 years where I entered grad school. I remained in Dr. Key's lab and received my MS in 2013. As my experience was solely at the molecular level focusing on environmental impacts, I ventured out and went to work for Dr. Jodie Fleming as her lab manager researching breast cancer. Now we will see what the future holds.


MS North Carolina Central University 2013
BS North Carolina Central University 2007


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Selected Publications

1. Reaves, D. K., & Fagan-Solis, K. D., & Dunphy, K. , & Fleming, J. M. (2014). The Role of Lipolysis Stimulated Lipoprotein Receptor in Breast Cancer and Directing Breast Cancer Cell Behavior. PLoS one.
2. Silver Key, C. , & Reaves, D. , & Turner, F. , & Bang, J. J. (2011). Impacts of Silver Nanoparticle Ingestion on Pigmentation and Developmental Progression in Drosophilia. Atlas of Journal Biology, 3, 52-61.
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