Mina Bissell, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship. According to the AACR, “this prestigious lectureship was established to recognize an individual scientist whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of the Princess to multinational collaborations.”
Bissell’s work in BSE involves describing ways in which the microenvironment, or context, of cells can influence tumor growth and extracellular matrix in the regulation of gene expression and tumorigenesis, and for the invention of a 3-D organoid culture technology. Above and beyond these scientific contributions, Bissell continually demonstrates a commitment to supporting collaborative research and mentoring early career investigators.
As this year’s award recipient, Bissell has been invited to present a featured lecture at the 2021 AACR Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to be held virtually this spring. This award is also accompanied by an honorarium and commemorative physical award.