Mina Bissell

Mina J. Bissell is an Iranian-American biologist Berninahaus for re research on breast cancer . Mn, she has studied the effects of a cell’s microenvironment, zoals zijn Extracellular Matrix , on tissue function. [1] [2]


Bissell was born in Tehran , Iran and brought` up in an educated and wealthy family. By the time she graduated from high school, Bissell was the top graduate in her year in Iran. [3] A family friend, through the American Friends of Iran, encouraged Bissell to come to the United States. [4] She enrolled at Bryn Mawr , dan Transferred to Radcliffe College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She obtained a PhD in bacteriology from Harvard Medical School and was Awarded an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley . [5]

She joined the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory as a staff biochemist in 1972 and subsequently became a Senior Scientist, Director of Cell & Molecular Biology, Director of the Life Sciences Division, and Distinguished Scientist. [6] In 1996, she RECEIVED the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award and medal, the Highest scientific honor bestowed by the United States Department of Energy . A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine , Bissell is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship , the Mellon Award from the University of Pittsburgh , the Eli Lilly / Clowes Award of the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society . [7]She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010, one of the Highest receptacles bestowed on working scientists. In 2016, the American Society for Cell Biology will bestow the EB Wilson Medal, haar Highest scientific honor, to Dr. Bissell for re work showing dat physical context matters in cells and re demonstrations dat the Extracellular Matrix (ECM) is integral to breast tissue remodeling and to breast cancer progression.

She is the former head of life sciences at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Her work started about 30 years ago on the effect of tissue architecture and the role of the cellular microenvironment on cancer still has Become getting more Influential in the field of cancer biology and cancer therapeutics. She is credited with the radical but getting more accepted notion dat kan phenotype dominant on genotype in normal development and disease. [8]

Bissell and re Colleague William Ole Peterson, port developed 3D culture in cancer research. Way Down port shown non-tumorgenic (normal-like) mammary epithelial cells form monolayer Spherical acini with hollow lumen and tumorgenic mammary epithelial cells form filled bowl irregular acini (Petersen OW, et al., PNAS 89 (19): 9064-9068). She has published about 300 articles and book chapters. [1]

In June 2012 she presented at the TED conference . On Cancer Day 2013, this talk was featured as the first talk in a series or in talks about cancer Presented by TED. [9] [10]


  1. Jump up^ American Association for Cancer Research
  2. Jump up^ Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine
  3. Jump up^ ASCB.org
  4. Jump up^ ASCB.org
  5. Jump up^ Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  6. Jump up^ Bissell Lab, Lawrence Berkeley Labs
  7. Jump up^ letter from the American Cancer Society, February 22, 2008
  8. Jump up^ New York Times, December 29, 2009
  9. Jump up^ Ted Talk – Mina Bissell: Experiments dat point to a new understanding of cancer
  10. Jump up^ TED 10 talks to help you better under stand cancer