Paul J Higgins
Albany Medical College, USA
Dr. Paul J. Higgins received his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology from New York University in 1976. He joined the faculty of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Cornell University School of Medicine in 1977, where he was a member in the Cell Biology/Genetics and Molecular Biology/Virology Programs. Dr. Higgins is currently a Professor and Director of the Center for Cell Biology and Cancer Research at the Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He was the founding Vice President of the Albany Research Institute (ARI) and currently serves on the ARI Board of Directors. He has served as Chairman of National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense Review Panels, is a member of a number of federal and international study sections and received several prestigious awards including the Moyer Award and, most recently, the 2008 Excellence Award in Molecular Medicine. Dr. Higgins is a member of several journal editorial boards, edited books on cancer biology, and published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Cell shape, proliferation and differentiation programs are regulated largely by complex interactions between growth factors and elements of the extracellular matrix.