Marianne Collard, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Academic Titles

Research Assistant Professor of Dermatology


Dr. Collard is interested in understanding how nutrition and metabolism influence melanoma development, progression, and resistance to therapy. She aims to leverage metabolic perturbations in melanoma to develop better diagnostic tools and treatments. Dr. Collard has a particular focus on teaching and mentoring trainees.


2011-2015   B.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Cum Laude, Bioengineering

2015-2019   Ph.D. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology

2019-2021   Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Boston University, Boston, MA

Research Interests

  • Cancer Biology
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Epigenetics
  • Gut Microbiome
  • Natural Products


Wu M., Hanly, A., Gibson, F., Kuang, K., Kalin, J., Nocco, S., Collard, M., Cole, M., Xiao, A., Agus, F., Labadorf, A., Cole, P.A., Alani, R.M. (2021) The CoREST Repressor Complex Mediates Phenotype Switching and Therapy Resistance in Melanoma. (In preparation).

Gibson, F., Hanly, A., Collard, M., Grbic, N., Grunberg, N., Alani, R., Wu, M. (2021) Targeting Epigenetic Players in Autoimmune and Inflammatory Skin Disease. (In preparation).

Collard, M., Austin, N., Brown-Harding, H., Westwood, B., Gallagher, P. E., & Tallant, A. (2021). Muscadine Grape Extract Reduces Triple Negative Breast Cancer Metastasis and Alters the Gut Microbiome in a 4T1 Metastatic Mouse Model. (Submitted)

Lee, H. J., Chen, Z., Collard, M., Chen, F., Chen, J. G., Wu, M., . . . Cheng, J.-X. (2021). Multimodal Metabolic Imaging Reveals Pigment Reduction and Lipid Accumulation in Metastatic Melanoma. BME Frontiers, 2021, 9860123.

Kam, S., Collard, M., Lam, J., & Alani, R. M. (2021). Gut Microbiome Perturbations in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Case Series. J Invest Dermatol, 141(1), 225-228.e222.

Collard, M., Gallagher, P. E., & Tallant, E. A. (2020). A Polyphenol-Rich Extract From Muscadine Grapes Inhibits Triple-Negative Breast Tumor Growth. Integrative cancer therapies, 19, 1534735420917444-1534735420917444.