Our very own Chief Research Officer, Lynn Matrisian PhD, MBA, was inducted into the newly established Montgomery Area High School “Hall of Fame” last month. She graduated from the Pennsylvania school in 1971.

lynn-matrisian-newspaper“I’m truly honored to be recognized by my high school,” said Matrisian, a native of Montgomery, Pa. “I hope my journey inspires future students to pursue their dreams.”

Matrisian joined our organization in 2011 as vice president of Scientific and Medical Affairs, but was recently promoted to chief research officer.

Matrisian spearheads critical research initiatives designed to transform pancreatic cancer outcomes including early detection approaches and biomarker-driven clinical trials.  She also oversees our research grants program and patient services programs, which include PanCAN Patient Services, Know Your Tumor, Patient Registry and Clinical Trial Finder.

Matrisian was the founding chair of the department of cancer biology in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, president of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a special assistant to the director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

After graduating from Montgomery Area High School, she earned a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Matrisian has helped our organization achieve countless milestones, but her eyes are set on our biggest goal yet: doubling survival by 2020.

Way to go, Lynn!

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