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Women We Admire today: Berkeley Lab Distinguished Scientist Mina Bissell


Don’t miss the next event in the Women We Admire series when Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) Distinguished Scientist and cancer pioneer Mina Bissell makes a visit to UCOP today, 12 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, in 8112 Franklin. (Click link to add to your calendar.)

Bissell is one of three current distinguished scientists and the only woman with this honor at Berkeley Lab. She is a pioneer in breast cancer research, a field in which she pursued the idea that a cancer cell doesn’t automatically become a tumor but depends on the surrounding microenvironment for cues as it progresses, a process that takes decades.

Bissell was director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Divisions and associate laboratory director for the lab’s Life Sciences Division. She has received numerous prestigious awards, including the lab’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is on the faculty of four UC Berkeley Graduate Groups, including bioengineering, endocrinology, comparative biochemistry and molecular toxicology, and has trained close to 100 fellows and graduate students. A native of Iran, Bissell holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a master’s in bacteriology and biochemistry and a doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics, all from Harvard.

If you can’t attend the talk in person, listen via ReadyTalk by dialing 866-740-1260 and entering access code 7226879.

The President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) initiated the Women We Admire series in 2009 to bring women to UCOP from around the system to share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work–life balance. All members of the UCOP community are invited to learn how to make the most of working at UC.

Find upcoming speakers in the series and archived audio of past talks on the Women We Admire website.

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