Angela M. Belcher

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Bridging the Gap in Ovarian Cancer: New Materials for Deepening Our Vision for Ovarian Cancer

Angela Belcher, Ph.D.
W.M. Keck Professor of Energy
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT Special Symposium: Bridging the Gap in Ovarian Cancer
September 16, 2014 watch...

Cancer Research: We're Doin’ It Right

Science spotlighted the Koch Institute in a recent article about a new breed of researchers. The feature highlights the value of interdisciplinary work in developing novel approaches for cancer detection and treatment, and demonstrates how the KI embodies a growing emphasis on cross-disciplinary training and collaborative research to tackle cancer. In particular, the article recognizes KI faculty member Angela Belcher and her work on nano-based imaging of cancerous tissue as a cheaper and more thorough method of viewing smaller tumors. It also chronicles the career of former Langer Lab postdoc Daniel Heller, who explains how his first sojourn into biomedical research, here at the KI, led him to his current position leading a cancer nanomedicine laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Belcher, Heller, and KI Director Tyler Jacks describe how today’s researchers, at the KI and beyond, are bringing diverse toolkits to solve problems and meet changing clinical needs. Whether one is a seasoned cancer researcher or a new arrival to the field, this article offers a powerful reminder of how transformative the mission and work of the KI truly are. more...

Belcher's Work Featured in The Economist

KI faculty member and recent MIT-Lemelson Award winner Angela Belcher was featured in the March 8th issue of The Economist. The profile provides an overview of Belcher’s career and her multidisciplinary and eclectic research work, which spans batteries, digital touch-screens, cleanup of industrial wastewater, and new cancer-seeking viruses to detect and potentially treat cancer at its early stage. Belcher’s trademark toolkit is behind this broad array of applications: using genetically engineered microorganisms to manufacture new materials and devices. Her work making biodegradable batteries from viruses was also featured this month in The New Scientist. “There are so many areas we would like to be involved in, but we can’t do them all,” Belcher says. more...

Lemelson-MIT Honors KI Professor Angela Belcher

Koch Institute engineer Angela Belcher has been awarded this year's Lemelson-MIT Prize, which recognizes outstanding mid-career inventors dedicated to improving the world through technological invention and innovation.  Belcher's original devices include a new imaging system that detects tiny, deep seated tumors in their earliest and most treatable stages.  In addition to her cancer research, the $500,000 prize acknowledges other innovations such as biodegradable batteries, alternative fuels, and high-efficiency solar cells, as well as her outreach efforts to foster science education. In the history of the Lemelson-MIT Prize, which spans nearly two decades, Belcher is the second woman recipient and the third associated with MIT as a faculty member or alumnus.  KI member Robert Langer is also a previous winner.

Belcher's award is profiled in a video from the Lemelson-MIT program, as well as in media outlets including MIT News, the Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC News.

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Koch Institute Members Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 220 new members, among them the KI's Angela Belcher and director Tyler Jacks. The new class of fellows continue a 230-plus year history recognizing some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders. One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, the humanities and culture, and education. more...

New Ways to Find Cancer: Detection and Monitoring

Angela M. Belcher, Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering & Biological Engineering watch...

Ahead of the curve on cancer research

MIT engineers and biologists seek to optimize potential treatments. more...