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biochemist , research laboratory administrator

Mina J. Bissell, American Research laboratory administrator, biochemist. Recipient 1st Joseph Sadusk award for breast cancer research, 1985; Fogarty senior fellow National Institutes of Health, Imperial Canada Research Fund laboratories, London, 1983-1984, Guggenheim fellow, 1992-1993, E.D. Lawrence award Department Energy, 1996.


Bissell, Mina J. was born on May 14, 1940 in Tehran, Iran.


Student, Bryn Mawr College, 1961. Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry cum laude, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1963. Master of Arts in Bacteriology and Biochemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1965.

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology-Molecular Genetics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, 2001. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Copenhagen, 2004.


Milton research fellow, 1969-1970. American Cancer Society research fellow, 1970-1972. Staff biochemist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory University California, Berkeley, 1972-1976, member senior staff, 1976, co-director division biology and medicine Laboratory Cell Biology, since 1980, director cell and molecular biology division, 1988-1992, coordinator life science, 1989-1991, associate laboratory director bioscience, 1989, director life science division Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1992—2002, member faculty department comparative biochemistry, since 1979, associate director biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1995—2002, distinguished scientist, senior advisor to the laboratory director on biology Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, since 2002, OBER/Department of Energy Distinguished Scientist Fellow in Life Sciences Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2005—2010.

Visiting professor Kettering Institute, University Cincinnati Medical Schools, 1986-1988. Distinguished visiting scientist Queensland Institute Medical Research, Brisbane, Australia, 1982. Member council Gordon Research Conference, 1991-1994.

George P. Peacock lecturer pathology University Texas, Dallas, 1992. Dean's lecturer Mount Sinai Medical School, New York City, 1993. Presenter numerous lectures, conductor symposia.

Keynote speaker Gordon Conference on Proteoglycans, 1994, others.


  • The pioneer in postulating, and then proving that the extracellular matrix (ECM), the mass of fibrous and globular proteins that surrounds cells performs a critical role in dictating a tissue's organization and function. In 1981, Doctor Bissell formulated the concept of a "dynamic reciprocity." This communication scheme between the nucleus, the cells and their microenvironment suggests that signals are sent into the cell through ECM receptors which attach to the cell's outer skeleton and convey important information to the nucleus and the chromosomes.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial board and section editor In Vitro Cell and Development Biology Rapid Communications, since 1986. Member editorial board Journal Cellular Biochemistry, 1990-1992. Associate editor In Vitro Cellular and Development Biology, since 1990, Molecular and Cellular Differentiation, since 1992, Molecular Carcinogensis, 1993-1997, Development Biology, since 1993, Cancer Research, since 1994, Breast Journal, since 1994.

      Contributor numerous articles to science journals.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Medicine, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society. Member National Academy of Sciences, American Society Cell Biology (member council 1989-1991, Women in Cell Biology Career Recognition award 1993, president 1997), International Society Differentiation (board directors 1990-1996, president), American Association Cancer Research (board directors 1999-2001).