SWCRF Researcher Paul B. Fisher Recognized as one of Virginia's Outstanding Scientists of 2014

Award Presented by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe 

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation congratulates Institute Without Walls collaborator Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., who was formally recognized by Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia, for his scientific accomplishments at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine's VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Gov. McAuliffe presented Dr. Fisher with Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist of 2014 award at the Science Museum of Virginia’s General Assembly Reception in January. Fisher was one of two scientists who received this year’s award.

“I am honored to recognize Virginia’s top science talents for 2014,” McAuliffe said at the award ceremony. “These individuals are improving our quality of life through their stellar accomplishments.”

Dr. Fisher was recognized for his pioneering work in the field of molecular biology and the translation of his research from “bench to bedside.” The governor cited his research on the mechanisms involved in cancer development and progression in order to define improved methods for cancer prevention, detection and therapy. Dr. Fisher’s studies involving the mda-7/IL-24 gene, which was originally cloned in his lab, were exalted as an example of research that could ultimately impact the lives of countless cancer patients.

This accolade is further evidence that the Waxman Foundation's donors support first-in-class research that is leading the way to a cancer cure and less toxic therapies for patients.


Photo by Sean DeWitt Photography.