Navigation Links
L'Oreal Fellowship winner seeks to understand breast cancer

A desire to understand how breast cancer starts has seen Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher Dr Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat today win one of three 2010 L'Oreal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships.

Dr Asselin-Labat, a senior postdoctoral fellow in the institute's Stem Cells and Cancer division in Melbourne, Australia, is rapidly establishing an international profile for her studies of how breast stem cells develop and how these cells are influenced by oestrogen and other steroids.

In 2006 she was part of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute team that discovered breast stem cells a discovery that represented a major shift in the way scientists thought breast cancer developed.

Breast stem cells are critical to normal breast development, but if the breast becomes cancerous the stem cells are likely to be contributing to the problem. Dr Asselin-Labat has been meticulously unravelling how and why. In a series of high-impact scientific papers she has revealed how these breast stem cells develop into the wide range of cells found in a normal breast and how some cells are more likely to become aggressive cancer cells.

In March this year she was the first author on a Nature paper revealing that oestrogen and other steroids can control the function of breast stem cells.

"We found out how oestrogen and other steroids can influence mammary stem cells. It's via an indirect mechanism important in understanding how stem cells proliferate, and it could lead to new treatments for breast cancer," she said.

Dr Asselin-Labat now hopes to find out more about how breast cancer progresses and why breast cancer sometimes returns. "I want to understand how the cells metastasise. How do they migrate from the breast?"

Dr Asselin-Labat said she would use the $20,000 L'Oreal Fellowship to fund some technical help in the laboratory and pay her two young sons' childcare expenses. "The fellowship is a great honour and will help me maintain my work-life balance with my two boys," Dr Asselin-Labat said. "It will allow me to employ a laboratory assistant to maintain the team's productivity, it will help with childcare costs, and will support my participation in leadership training."


Contact: Penny Fannin
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Related biology news :

1. 2008 SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowships announced
2. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 13 top young investigators
3. 40 minority scientists receive travel fellowships to Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans
4. 2 McGill researchers garner prestigious NSERC Steacie Fellowships
5. Two UT Southwestern researchers awarded Sloan fellowships
6. Fifth annual Templeton-Cambridge fellowships awarded to 10 noted journalists
7. Margarita Saenz, M.D. is recipient of Genzyme/ACMGF Fellowship in Biochemical Genetics
8. Boston College chemistry professor Udayan Mohanty receives a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
9. 2009 ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award announcement
10. UK bioscience sparkles with new Diamond fellowship
11. NIH fellowship recipient to study disease ecology
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
L'Oreal Fellowship winner seeks to understand breast cancer
(Date:11/11/2015)...   MedNet Solutions , an innovative SaaS-based eClinical technology ... pleased to announce that it will be a Sponsor of ... to be held November 17-19 in Hamburg ... of iMedNet , MedNet,s easy-to-use, proven and ... has been able to deliver time and cost savings of ...
(Date:11/4/2015)... , November 4, 2015 ... new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Home Security ... Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2022", the global home security ... 30.3 bn by 2022. The market is estimated to ... period from 2015 to 2022. Rising security needs among ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... 29, 2015  Rubicon Genomics, Inc., today announced ... of its DNA library preparation products, including the ... ThruPLEX Plasma-seq kit. ThruPLEX Plasma-seq has been optimized ... NGS libraries for liquid biopsies--the analysis of cell-free ... applications in cancer and other conditions. Eurofins Scientific ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... , President and CEO of Neurocrine Biosciences, will be ... in New York . ... the website approximately 5 minutes prior to the presentation ... of the presentation will be available on the website ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... The Global Genomics Industry ... and in-depth study on the current state of ... ) , The report provides ... classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Genomics ... including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015 Cepheid (NASDAQ: ... speaking at the following conference, and invited investors to ... NY      Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11.00 ... NY      Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11.00 ... Conference, New York, NY      Tuesday, ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 ... ... its biggest event of the year and one of the premier annual events ... USA, and ran from 8–11 November 2015, where ISPE hosted the largest number ...
Breaking Biology Technology: