Assistant Professor

Tel: (901) 448-3085


  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • M.S., University of Louisiana at Monroe, Biology
  • B.S., University of Louisiana at Monroe, Biology

Research Interest/Specialty


  1. Starlard-Davenport, A, Orloff, MS, Dhakal, I, Penney, RB, Kadlubar, SA. Genotypic and allelic variability in CYP19A1 among populations of African and European ancestry. PLoS One, 10 (2), e0117347, 2015.
  2. Allman, R, Dite, GS, Hopper, JL, Gordon, O, Starlard-Davenport, A, Chlebowski, R, Kooperberg, C. SNPs and breast cancer risk prediction for African American and Hispanic women. Breast Cancer Res Treat, 154 (3), 583-9, 2015.
  3. Vineetha K Edavana, Rosalind B Penney, Aiwei Yao-Borengasser , Athena Starlard-Davenport, Ishwori Dhakal, and Susan Kadlubar. Effect of MRP2 and MRP3 Polymorphisms on Anastrozole Glucuronidation and MRP2 and MRP3 Gene Expression in Normal Liver Samples. Int J Cancer Res Mol Mech, 3 (1), 2015.
  4. Greer, AK, Dates, CR, Starlard-Davenport, A, Edavana, VK, Bratton, SM, Dhakal, IB, Finel, M, Kadlubar, SA, Radominska-Pandya, A. A potential role for human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A4 promoter single nucleotide polymorphisms in the pharmacogenomics of tamoxifen and its derivatives. Drug Metab Dispos, 42 (9), 1392-400, 2014.
  5. Athena Starlard-Davenport, Mohammed S. Orloff, Beverly Lyn-Cook, and Susan Kadlubar. MicroRNAs: Potential Therapeutic Targets for Breast Cancer. Epigenetic Diagnosis and Therapy, 1 (1), 60-71, 2014.
  6. Nancy Greer-Williams, Kimberly Enoch, Brandon Booth, Athena Starlard-Davenport, Gloria E. Sarto, Thomas Kieber-Emmons. Rural African American women and breast cancer: Social determinants of health shape ability to conceptualize health in the Arkansas Delta. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 9 (2), 51-66, 2014.
  7. Starlard-Davenport, A, Glover-Collins, K, Mahkoul, I, Hutchins, L, Westbrook, K, Korourian, S, Enoch, K, Preston, M, Jackson, SN, Klimberg, VS, Henry-Tillman, R. Race is not a factor in overall survival in patients with triple negative breast cancer: a retrospective review. Springerplus, 2, 516, 2013.
  8. Starlard-Davenport, A, Kutanzi, K, Tryndyak, V, Word, B, Lyn-Cook, B. Restoration of the methylation status of hypermethylated gene promoters by microRNA-29b in human breast cancer: A novel epigenetic therapeutic approach. J Carcinog, 12, 15, 2013.
  9. Athena Starlard-Davenport, Beverly Word, Beverly Lyn-Cook. Characterization of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1 (UGT1A1) promoter polymorphisms and gene expression on ethnicity, stage of disease, and menopausal status in breast cancer. Drug Metabolism and Toxicology, 2012.
  10. Starlard-Davenport, A, Tryndyak, V, Kosyk, O, Ross, SR, Rusyn, I, Beland, FA, Pogribny, IP. Dietary methyl deficiency, microRNA expression and susceptibility to liver carcinogenesis. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics, 3 (4-6), 259-66, 2011.
  11. Lyn-Cook, LE, Tareke, E, Word, B, Starlard-Davenport, A, Lyn-Cook, BD, Hammons, GJ. Food contaminant acrylamide increases expression of Cox-2 and nitric oxide synthase in breast epithelial cells. Toxicol Ind Health, 27 (1), 11-8, 2011.
  12. Shpyleva, SI, Tryndyak, VP, Kovalchuk, O, Starlard-Davenport, A, Chekhun, VF, Beland, FA, Pogribny, IP. Role of ferritin alterations in human breast cancer cells. Breast Cancer Res Treat, 126 (1), 63-71, 2011.
  13. Pogribny, IP, Starlard-Davenport, A, Tryndyak, VP, Han, T, Ross, SA, Rusyn, I, Beland, FA. Difference in expression of hepatic microRNAs miR-29c, miR-34a, miR-155, and miR-200b is associated with strain-specific susceptibility to dietary nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in mice. Lab Invest, 90 (10), 1437-46, 2010.
  14. Starlard-Davenport, A, Lyn-Cook, B, Beland, FA, Pogribny, IP. The role of UDP-glucuronosyltransferases and drug transporters in breast cancer drug resistance. Exp Oncol, 32 (3), 172-80, 2010.
  15. Starlard-Davenport, A, Tryndyak, V, Kosyk, O, Ross, SR, Rusyn, I, Beland, FA, Pogribny, IP. Dietary methyl deficiency, microRNA expression and susceptibility to liver carcinogenesis. World Rev Nutr Diet, 101, 123-30, 2010.
  16. Starlard-Davenport, A, Tryndyak, VP, James, SR, Karpf, AR, Latendresse, JR, Beland, FA, Pogribny, IP. Mechanisms of epigenetic silencing of the Rassf1a gene during estrogen-induced breast carcinogenesis in ACI rats. Carcinogenesis, 31 (3), 376-81, 2010.
  17. Starlard-Davenport, A, Lyn-Cook, B, Radominska-Pandya, A. Identification of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A10 in non-malignant and malignant human breast tissues. Steroids, 73 (6), 611-20, 2008.
  18. Xiao, Y, Word, B, Starlard-Davenport, A, Haefele, A, Lyn-Cook, BD, Hammons, G. Age and gender affect DNMT3a and DNMT3b expression in human liver. Cell Biol Toxicol, 24 (3), 265-72, 2008.
  19. Starlard-Davenport, A, Lyn-Cook, B, Radominska-Pandya, A. Novel identification of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A10 as an estrogen-regulated target gene. Steroids, 73 (1), 139-47, 2008.
  20. Starlard-Davenport, A, Xiong, Y, Bratton, S, Gallus-Zawada, A, Finel, M, Radominska-Pandya, A. Phenylalanine(90) and phenylalanine(93) are crucial amino acids within the estrogen binding site of the human UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A10. Steroids, 72 (1), 85-94, 2007.