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Student Research Forum

SRF video produced by Bobby Pitts.


The Student Research Forum (SRF) exists to serve the students at the University of Kansas Medical Center, to advance their research and to bolster their professional development. The forum provides a public stage for the presentation, assessment and discussion of their scientific investigations as well an opportunity to recognize and award exceptional research efforts. The forum will provide exposure to talks from world-class researchers and promote interdisciplinary collaboration between fields, departments, professional schools and universities to foster high-quality, innovative research that will transform our present scientific understanding and ultimately improve the lives of people in the state of Kansas and throughout the world.

Each year the Graduate Student Council sponsors the Student Research Forum. A multi-day interactive event, the 2019 SRF will be held on April 1-2, 2019. It will showcase research conducted by students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professionals, and Graduate Studies on Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2, 2019. In addition to the student presentations, the SRF features a banquet (April 2, 2019) and the extremely popular A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture scheduled on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at noon focused on the professional development of attendees.

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will feature, Dr. Mina Bissell, PhD.

Questions or Comments can be e-mailed to

Submission of your abstract for either an Oral or Poster presentation will be submitted online through Student Registration and Abstracts.

A.L. Chapman


A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture

The A.L. Chapman Lecture series was created in honor of A.L. Chapman, Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emeritus.

Dr. Mina Bissell

Dr. Mina Bissell, PhD

The honorary speaker for the 2019 A.L. Chapman Keynote Lecture is Dr. Mina Bissell, PhD. 

"Why don't we get more cancer: The critical role of extracellular matrix and microenvironment in malignancy and dormancy?"

The 2019 A.L. Chapman Keynote Lecture will be presented by the esteemed Dr. Mina J. Bissell, PhD. Dr. Bissell is a world-renowned cancer biologist and is one of the most sought-after speakers in her field. The 2019 SRF Planning Committee is pleased to host Dr. Bissell in the A.L. Chapman Keynote Lecture.

Dr. Bissell is a Distinguished Scientist, the highest rank bestowed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and serves as Senior Advisor to the Laboratory Director on Biology. She is also a faculty member of four graduate groups at the University of California Berkeley: Comparative Biochemistry, Endocrinology, Molecular Toxicology, and Bioengineering (UCSF/UCB joint program). Having challenged several established paradigms, Bissell is a pioneer in breast cancer research and her body of work has provided much impetus for the current recognition of the significant role that extracellular matrix (ECM) signaling and microenvironment play in gene expression regulation in both normal and malignant cells. Her laboratory developed novel 3D assays and techniques that demonstrate her signature phrase: after conception, "phenotype is dominant over genotype."   Bissell earned her doctorate in microbiology and molecular genetics from Harvard Medical School, won an American Cancer Society fellowship for her postdoctoral studies, and soon after joined LBNL. She was the founding Director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Division and later the Associate Laboratory Director for all Life Sciences at Berkeley Lab where she recruited outstanding scientists and developed a strong program in cell and molecular biology and breast cancer.   Bissell has published more than 400 publications and has received numerous honors and awards, which include: U.S. Department of Energy's E.O. Lawrence Award, AACR's G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award, the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award, Susan G. Komen Foundation's Brinker Award, BCRF Foundation's Jill Rose Award, Berkeley Lab's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Prize, American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor, MD Anderson Cancer Center's highest honor - the Ernst W. Bertner Award, the Honorary Medal from the Signaling Societies in Germany, ASCB's highest honor - the E.B. Wilson Medal, and the 2017 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research. Bissell is an inspiring mentor and in her honor, the University of Porto, Portugal established the Mina J. Bissell Award which is given every three years to a person who has dramatically changed a field. She is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from both Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris, France and University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Bissell is not only an elected Fellow of most U.S. honorary scientific academies, including National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and American Philosophical Society (APS), but she also sits on many national and international scientific boards and continues to engage in full-time research, among other scientific activities.

The honorary speaker for the 2020 A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture will be announced after the 2019 forum. 

Last modified: Apr 01, 2019