Tim Fessenden 2010 - 2011 Bernice Goldblatt Fellow
2010 - 2011 Bernice Goldblatt Fellow
The gift from the Goldblatts has provided me with an unparalleled opportunity in my scientific career. Doctoral degrees are a time of exploration, risk-taking, and maturation into a true scientist. Since arriving here I have done quite a bit of all of these. My time at the University of Chicago has thus far been more than I could have hoped for. It is allowing me to develop the interdisciplinary approaches I have so admired in the work of others. The support I receive has made possible my foray into a very new and exciting arena for understanding cancer.
I study the mechanical interactions among cells and their surroundings, and how these interactions are altered during initiation and progression of breast cancer. In doing so, I am building on my previous experience working in a breast cancer lab at UCSF to apply biophysical techniques toward a better understanding of breast cancer. I’m specifically interested in why some benign lesions progress to cancer, and how cancer cells invade their surroundings and metastasize. These are areas of cancer biology in which mechanical properties have a demonstrated role, but deeper understanding is lacking. Currently I am investigating how the movement of sheets of cells relies on tension—cells tugging constantly on their neighbors and on the underlying surface.
"Thanks to the hard work, commitment, and compassion of scientists, researchers, and organizations like the Cancer Research Foundation, there is renewed hope for discovering better treatments and eventually a cure for cancer.
I commend all of you for your outstanding contributions to the field of cancer research. For five decades, your commitment to the crusade against cancer has given hope and comfort to people across the nation."
Former President of the United States
May 05, 1997