U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research

BER Research Highlights


LBNL Mina Bissell Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen
Published: November 29, 2004
Posted: December 10, 2004

Dr. Bissell has received honors for pioneering work in postulating and then demonstrating important roles of tissue microenvironments. Prior to her initiatives, cells in tissue culture were constrained to growth in a flat layer, but many distinctive characters of the tissue origin were lacking. Bissell demonstrated that when breast epithelial were freed from the surface, they self organized into organelles which mimicked breast responsiveness in the body. The extra-cellular matrix in which cells are embedded was shown to have strong controlling roles. For cells which by themselves had cancerous behavior, normal growth constrained behavior was imposed upon them when they were embedded in the extra-cellular matrix of normal cells. For these and many related discoveries, Dr. Bissell has won recognition worldwide. Most recently she was one of five recipients of the Doctor Medicinae Honoris Causa from the University of Copenhagen, with Queen Margrethe of Denmark in attendance. Bissell had previously received an honorary doctorate from the Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris, was earlier this year a recipient of the newly established Discovery Health Channels Medical Honors, and is a previous winner of the Departments E.O. Lawrence Award (1996). She is the first biologist and the first woman with rank of Distinguished Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Contact: Marvin Stodolsky, SC-72, (301) 903-4475
Topic Areas:

  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER
      (formerly SC-72 Life Sciences Division, OBER)

 

BER supports basic research and scientific user facilities to advance DOE missions in energy and environment. More about BER

Recent Highlights

Aug 24, 2019
New Approach for Studying How Microbes Influence Their Environment
A diverse group of scientists suggests a common framework and targeting of known microbial processes [more...]

Aug 08, 2019
Nutrient-Hungry Peatland Microbes Reduce Carbon Loss Under Warmer Conditions
Enzyme production in peatlands reduces carbon lost to respiration under future high temperatures. [more...]

Aug 05, 2019
Amazon Forest Response to CO2 Fertilization Dependent on Plant Phosphorus Acquisition
AmazonFACE Model Intercomparison. The Science Plant growth is dependent on the availabi [more...]

Jul 29, 2019
A Slippery Slope: Soil Carbon Destabilization
Carbon gain or loss depends on the balance between competing biological, chemical, and physical reac [more...]

Jul 15, 2019
Field Evaluation of Gas Analyzers for Measuring Ecosystem Fluxes
How gas analyzer type and correction method impact measured fluxes. The Science A side- [more...]

List all highlights (possible long download time)