The 2013 receipient of the 16th annual Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship is a Ph.D. who has been a professor and chair of the Department of Genetics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the last two and a half decades. Dr. Guillermina Lozano, who recently revealed that her interest in science and discovery stretches back as far as her freshman year of high school, will be receiving the prize, which is awarded by The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in recognition of contributions in “the field of cancer research and the advancement of women in science,” according to a recent article on NBCLatino.
The article goes on to state that during her career Dr. Gigi Lozano is:
. . . proud to have published 179 peer-reviewed articles and has enjoyed teaching young scientists. Twenty-five graduate students have received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees under her direction, and she has trained 34 postdoctoral students and fellows in her lab…She says she spends most of her day in the laboratory reviewing manuscripts written by other scientists to approve them for publication, reviewing potential grants and proposals, speaking about experiments and data, and having meetings with faculty about the strategic vision for MD Anderson.
Dr. Lozano’s award lecture, which was presented in April at the 2013 AACR Annual Meeeting that is held in Washington, D.C., was entitled “Activities of Mutant P53 Proteins in Cancer.” According to Dr. Lozano, P53 is a protein that needs to be stop working in order for a tumor to divide. “We know it’s more harmful if you have that mutant than if you don’t have p53,” says Dr. Lozano explained to NBCLatino. “The way we see it is that it has additional negative effects on the cancer cell.” Dr. Lozano’s work in trying to understand the exact nature of P53 and how it functions is one of her main contributions to cancer research.