Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, Named New Editor-in-Chief of AACR Journal Molecular Cancer Research


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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced that Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, Professor and Hilary Koprowski Chair in the Departments of Cancer Biology, Urology, and Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and Deputy Director for Basic Science of the NCI-designated Kimmel Cancer Center will be the new Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Cancer Research, one of its seven major peer-reviewed journals.

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to lead Molecular Cancer Research,” said Dr. Knudsen, who will serve as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief for 5 years. “I hope to establish the journal as the seat of outstanding basic research related to cancer.” 

Dr. Knudsen will officially begin her term in January 2013. 

Molecular Cancer Research is an online and print journal that publishes original, novel, and well-designed studies on the molecular and cellular aspects of cancer biology. Papers selected for publication represent new information in basic research that has implications for cancer therapeutics in angiogenesis, metastasis, or genomics. The first issue of the journal was published in November 2002.

Expertise and Accomplishments

“Dr. Knudsen brings a wealth of expertise to the position of Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Cancer Research,”said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer of the AACR. “We are confident that her experience with the peer review process, coupled with her extensive knowledge of basic cancer research, will build on the journal’s success and impact in the field.”

Dr. Knudsen’s scientific accomplishments include the authorship of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications in cancer and biomedical science journals. In addition, she has authored numerous book chapters focusing on transcription and cell-cycle regulation in hormone-dependent cancers. Dr. Knudsen’s research interest is predominantly prostate cancer and the molecular mechanisms that underlie tumor progression.

Throughout her career, Dr. Knudsen has been involved in both national and international scientific committees, and has held numerous leadership roles in scientific publishing, including Cancer Research. She recently received the Excellence in Mentoring Award from Thomas Jefferson University, the Richard E. Weitzman Laureate Award from the Endocrine Society, and the Ron Ross Award from the Pacific Rim Breast and Prostate Cancer Foundation.



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