Mina Bissell, a distinguished scientist in the life sciences division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2011 Jill Rose Award by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The award, named for the late New York philanthropist and founding BCRF board member, comes with a gift of $25,000.
Thinking Outside The Cell
Bissell is being recognized for her “pioneering work in the field of tumor microenvironment and singular contributions to our understanding of the importance of the extracellular matrix and its impact on gene expression in cancer biology, particularly breast cancer.”
Bissell’s current research focuses on the role of extracellular matrix, its receptors and its degrading enzymes as central modulators of tissue-specific gene expression, signal transduction, apoptosis and cancer. Using mammary glands from mice and humans, she and her colleagues study the above processes in breasts and breast cancer.
Mina Bissell has been recognized for her lifetime contributions to the fields of breast cancer research, the enhanced role of extracellular matrix (ECM) and the nucleus environment to gene expression in normal and malignant tissues. These works have ushered and have changed some central paradigms that have strengthened the importance of context in the development of cancer. Read more on Bissel Lab's website.
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