Distinguished Scientist, Division of Biological Systems and Engineering
Director, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
For her trailblazing contributions to the fundamental understanding of cancer, including her characterization of the importance of the tumor microenvironment and extracellular matrix in the regulation of gene expression and tumorigenesis, invention of 3-dimential organoid culture technology, and for serving as a relentless supporter of research collaborations and mentorship of early stage trainees and investigators.
The AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship is awarded to a scientist whose novel and significant fundamental scientific work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of the Princess to outstanding cancer research and advances that emanate from multinational collaborations. Her Imperial Highness Princess Kikuko Takamatsu was personally instrumental in promoting progress against cancer. She became a champion of these causes following her mother’s death from bowel cancer in 1933 at the young age of 43. To learn more, please visit the press release.