Lynn Matrisian, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Vice President of Scientific & Medical Affairs, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Dr. Matrisian is Vice President of Scientific & Medical Affairs at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, based in Manhattan Beach, California. She is formerly Professor and the founding Chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a BS in medical technology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.  She was appointed to the faculty of Vanderbilt University following postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics, Strasbourg, France. She is past President of the American Association of Cancer Research and a Fellow of the AACR Academy, and the recipient of the Paget-Ewing award from the Metastasis Research Society. She served as co-chair of the National Cancer Institute's Translational Research Working Group from 2005-2007, and Special Assistant to the Director of the NCI on a halftime basis from 2008-2010. Research in her laboratory revolved around the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor progression and metastasis, with emphasis on the biology of matrix-degrading proteinases.