Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, and Associate Director for Basic Research in the Knight Cancer Institute, has been named the recipient of American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship.
The Lectureship recognizes an outstanding scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of women in science.
In a press release, the AACR wrote, "Lisa has an international reputation for exceptional high-impact research. Her pioneering studies have fueled a paradigm shift in understanding the role of the tumor microenvironment in regulating solid tumor development."
Dr. Coussens is recognized as an accomplished basic scientist with an international reputation for her novel studies on inflammation and stromal regulation of tissue homeostasis and tumor development that now has clear translational application in the clinic.
The AACR pointed to Dr. Coussens' "deep commitment to educating and mentoring the next generation of scientists" as one of the reasons why she was chosen for this prestigious honor.
The Lectureship was established in 1998 in honor of renowned virologist and discoverer of the Friend virus, Dr. Charlotte Friend, for her pioneering research on viruses, cell differentiation, and cancer.