Steffi Oesterreich, PhD

Dr. Steffi Oesterreich is the Shear Family Foundation Chair in Breast Cancer Research Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh; Co-Leader Cancer Biology Program, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center (UPMC HCC); and Co-Director Women’s Cancer Research Center, UPMC HCC and Magee Womens Research Institute.

Dr. Oesterreich joined the University of Pittsburgh in August 2010 as Professor with Tenure in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and as Director of Education in the Women’s Cancer Research Center (WCRC), a collaboration between the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and Magee-Womens Research Institute. She currently serves as Co-Director of the WCRC, and Co-Leader of the Cancer Biology Program of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.  Her laboratory focuses on invasive lobular breast cancer, and on resistance to hormonal therapies in patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer and breast cancer metastases.  Dr. Oesterreich enjoys working in multi-disciplinary teams and is committed to mentoring the next generation of breast cancer researchers.  She is also grateful to and enjoys working with patients advocates, such as the Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance, for which she chairs the Scientific Advisory Board.

She has authored over 160 scientific articles in the area of breast cancer, and her research has continuously been funded by NCI, CDMRP, Susan G Komen, BCRF and other breast cancer foundations for many years.  Dr. Oesterreich is a Susan G Komen Scholar, thereby belonging to a selective group of leading national and international breast cancer experts.  She has chaired the Tumor Cell Biology Study Section at the NIH, and the 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Hormones and Cancer.  She serves as Deputy Editor for Molecular Cancer Research.

Dr. Oesterreich and her husband Dr. Adrian Lee have 2 daughters (Paula and Nicola), and enjoy the outdoors in and around in Pittsburgh.

View a list of Dr. Oesterreich’s publications here.