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Dr. Dyson, a senior scientist at the Center for Cancer Research, has made breakthroughs in our understanding of the way cells divide, whether it is the regulated division of a normal cell or the abnormal proliferation of a malignant cancer.

Nicholas Dyson, PhD, honored as part of the one hundred


Nicholas Dyson, PhD -- being honored this year as part of the one hundred -- explains what it means to be a part of the Cancer Center.


Nicholas (Nick) Dyson, PhDProfessor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Geneticist at Mass General, and a member of the Center for Cancer Research
Time at Mass General: 20 years

What influenced your decision to work in cancer research? I hoped that somehow, someday, my work would make a difference to the life of a cancer patient.

What drew you to the Mass General Cancer Center? I came to the Cancer Center to be able to continue working with my mentor, Ed Harlow, on the functions of retinoblastoma tumor suppressor. What better place could there be to study the functions of a key tumor suppressor than the Center for Cancer Research of a world-leading hospital?

What is your favorite part of working here? I really enjoy the people here. My colleagues at the Cancer Center are a wonderful group of people. Research is fun when you can work every day with people who are excited about science, supportive and keen to collaborate.

Do you have any advice for those dealing with cancer or their caregivers/loved ones? 

Over the years I’ve met a lot of clever people. But the person who taught me most about living was my sister, Sue, during her battle with breast cancer, a long fight that she eventually lost. Sue taught me about the power of love, and the impact that we have on the lives of the people around us. Never underestimate the difference that one person can make.


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