Dr. Monica (Allison) Buchanan, a 1998 graduate of North Hills High School, currently works as a Senior Medical Science Liaison for GRAIL Inc, a San Francisco-based biotechnology start-up company developing a blood-based multi-cancer early detection test. In her current role, she interfaces directly with physicians, researchers, insurers, health systems, and advocacy groups to raise scientific awareness and facilitate continued development and implementation of the genetics-based screening assay.
She attended Emory University in Atlanta from where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She later received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Buchanan moved back home to Pittsburgh in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center for two years, researching the genes involved in the response of colorectal cancer to chemotherapy drugs.
An avid craft beer enthusiast, Dr. Buchanan is a majority investor and owner of Allusion Brewing Company located in Vandergrift, PA. Allusion Brewing is expected to open in the spring of 2020.
Locally, Dr. Buchanan’s passion and excitement for youth scientific education led her to pursue credentialing as a NOVA counselor for local Cub Scout Pack 283 and as a SuperNOVA mentor for the Boy Scouts of America – Laurel Highlands Council. NOVA and SuperNOVA are merit-based STEM awards with requirements above and beyond normal scouting curriculum.
Dr. Buchanan further supports development of youth in our community as a fourth grade CCD teacher at St. Sebastian Church of the Neighbors North Catholic Community.