Renee Reams, Ph.D., BA

Professor Medicinal Chemistry
LOCATION: Tallahassee, Dyson Room 127
PHONE: 850-561-2672
Renee Reams, PhD (FAMU PI/PD; Research Program Director) is a biochemist and tenured professor in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Reams is also an associate member of the FAMU P20 Centers of Excellence Cancer Research, Education and Community Outreach Training grant and a Tri-Chair for the RCMI translational research network. This network fosters collaborative solutions for improving minority health and reducing ethnic and geographic disparities in cancer. She has trained six PhD students and more than 48 undergraduate research trainees in her laboratory. Dr. Reams’ research program uses genomics to hunt for genes/gene signatures that might explain the increased prostate cancer ncidence and mortality observed in Black males. Her research suggests that understanding the Genetics of cancer aggressiveness in Black males may lie in prostate tumor immunological differences and in over-expression of members of the ATP-binding cassette family in African American male. In 2013, Reams and a larger body of Florida scientists, clinician and community eaders worked to draft Florida’s first-Health Disparities Research Agenda. Reams also collaborated with the HDR leadership (Drs. Folakemi Odedina from UF, Penny Ralston from Florida State University and B. Lee Green from the Moffitt Cancer Center) to win legislative funds to establish the Florida Health Equity Research Institute (HERI). More recently, Dr. Reams and Dr. Odedina co-hosted the first Florida Prostate Cancer Disparities Symposium. The symposium goal was to develop a CaP research agenda for men of African ancestry. Collectively, Reams’ rich experiences in prostate cancer advocacy, her membership in active prostate cancer consortia and her primary research interests in eliminating prostate cancer disparities, have given her opportunities to collaborate with scientists worldwide.

  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Research Interest
  • Prostate Cancer

  • Genomics