Zena Werb is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of California at San Francisco and Associate Director for Basic Science of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Nature Cancer caught up with her at the 6th International Conference on Tumor Microenvironment and Cellular Stress organized by Aegean Conferences and held in Greece in the fall of 2019, to talk about her career and work in the tumor microenvironment field.
Norman E. ‘Ned’ Sharpless became director of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2017. From April 2019, he served as acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and he returned to the NCI in November. Douglas R. Lowy has been the principal deputy director of the NCI since 2010, having also served as acting director twice, most recently in 2019. Nature Cancer spoke with both last fall to learn more about what makes NCI and its leadership tick.