University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Faina Linkov, PhD, MPH

Faina Linkov
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine


Contact Information

Contact Information

Magee-Womens Research Institute
3380 Blvd of Allies, Suite 323
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-641-2501
Email: flinkov@upmc.edu
Fax: 412-641-6241

Administrative Assistant
Name: Janet Hahalyak Weckerle
Phone: 412-641-6003
Email: jhahalyak@mwri.magee.edu
Fax: 412-641-6156

Research Keywords

Research Keywords

Gynecologic cancers; endometrial cancer; obesity; behavioral lifestyle interventions; early detection; cancer biomarkers

Research Summary

Research Summary

Dr. Linkov's primary area of interest is gynecologic malignancies. Concentrating on obesity and weight loss studies, current research focuses on the use of biological tumor markers to monitor interventions intended to reduce the risk of cancer. The overarching idea of this research is that endometrial cancer, as well as some other malignancies that are sensitive to obesity, can potentially be prevented with weight loss.

Dr. Linkov has participated in multiple studies on the use of biologic markers for the early detection of malignancies, as well as in a large project investigating temporal reliability of biologic markers in healthy people. She conducted a study investigating biomarker levels in healthy people involved in different types of exercise activities.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Acharya SD, Brooks MM, Evans RW, Linkov F, Burke LE. Weight loss is more important than the diet type in improving adiponectin levels among overweight/obese adults. J Am Coll Nutr. 2013; 32(4):264-71. PubMed Link
  • Felix AS, Edwards RP, Stone RA, Chivukula M, Parwani AV, Bowser R, Linkov F, Weissfeld JL. Associations between hepatocyte growth factor, c-Met, and basic fibroblast growth factor and survival in endometrial cancer patients. Br J Cancer. 2012;106(12):2004-9. PubMed Link
  • Shishani K, Allen C, Shubnikov E, Salman K, LaPorte RE, Linkov F. Nurse educators establishing new venues in global nursing education. J Prof Nurs. 2012 Mar;28(2):132-4. PubMed Link
  • Matias S, Figueira JR, Linkov I, Linkov F, Carvalho MJ, Plancha CE. A multiple criteria decision aiding methodology for assisted reproduction: From problem structuring to recommendations. J Obstet Gynecol. 2012. Accepted for publication.
  • Linkov F, Shubnikov E, Padilla N, McCallum A, LaPorte R. Chronic disease epidemiology, cancer and mobile global approaches to disease prevention. Public Health. 2012 Mar; 126(3):206-9. PubMed Link
  • Linkov F, Maxwell GL, Felix AS, Lin Y, Lenzner D, Bovbjerg DH, Lokshin AE, Hennon MG, Jakicic JM, Goodpaster BH, Delany JP. Longitudinal evaluation of cancer-associated biomarkers before and after weight loss in RENEW study participants: Implications for cancer risk reduction. Gynecol Oncol. 2012 Apr;125(1):114-9. PubMed Link
  • Jung SY, Brufsky A, Linkov F, Weissfeld J, Sureika S, Rozenzweig MQ. Comorbidity as a mediator of survival disparity between younger and older women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Hypertension. 2012 Feb;59(2):205-11. PubMed Link
  • Ambeba E, Linkov F. Advancements in the use of blood tests for cancer screening in women at high risk for endometrial and breast cancer. Future Oncol. 2011 Dec;7(12):1399-414. PubMed Link
  • Jung SY, Rosenzweig M, Sureika S, Linkov F, Brufsky A, Weissfeld J. Factors associated with mortality after breast cancer metastasis. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Jan;23(1):103-12. PubMed Link
  • Felix A, Stone R, Chivukula M, Bowser R, Parwani A, Linkov F, Edwards R, Weissfeld J. Survival outcomes in endometrial cancer patients are associated with CXCL12 and estrogen receptor expression. Int J Cancer. 2012 Jul;131(2):E114-21. PubMed Link

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Collaborations

Collaborations

Current UPCI/Pitt Collaborators

Dana Bovbjerg, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Leader - Biobehavioral Oncology Program (BOP)

Lora Burke, PhD
Professor of Health and Community Systems
Member - Biobehavioral Oncology Program (BOP)

Robert Edwards, MD
Executive Vice Chair of Gynecologic Services, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Co-Leader - Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program (BOCP)

Esther Elishaev, MD
Pathologist, UPMC Presbyterian
Member - Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program (BOCP)

Ronald LaPorte, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology

Anna Lokshin, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Member - Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program (CEPP)

Ramesh Ramanathan, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

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Last modified: 10/8/14