The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that Bandana Chatterjee, Ph.D., a prostate cancer researcher at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named a 2014 fellow. With 25 years of experience at UTHSCSA, the investigator was chosen by her peers in recognition of her contributions to the scientific field.
Chatterjee is a professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine, and serves as the deputy director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Tim Huang, Ph.D., who nominated her for this year’s award, explained that “Chatterjee has been a very dedicated scientist for the past 25 years in this area of research, prostate cancer,” adding that she is not only a mentor but also a role model for future generations of female scientists.
“Her work has identified potential molecular targets for treatment,” added Huang, who is also professor and chairman of molecular medicine at the Health Science Center. “She characterized a new aspect in the male hormone androgen’s biosynthesis in the prostate, a pathway that is important for development of advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Chatterjee has shown that an enzyme in this pathway is lost in human prostate cancer, and this loss is linked to increased cancer cell growth. Her work has identified potential molecular targets for treatment.”
Born in India, Chatterjee holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Calcutta. After moving to the United States, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1977 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She then served as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular endocrinology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
“I’m grateful to all my students and fellows,” said Chatterjee, who is going to receive the recognition for her contributions to the field of molecular endocrinology, and especially in the development of novel approaches for the treatment of prostate cancer, at an AAAS ceremony on February 14th in San Jose, California. “This honor is shared with them. I am especially grateful to Dr. Chung Song, who is my longtime collaborator, for his scientific insights and unwavering support of our research goals.”