Newsmaker: Olivera Finn
Noteworthy: Finn received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Immunologists “in recognition of a career of scientific achievement and contributions.”
Family: Husband, Seth; children, Alexander, Sasha and Sonja; three grandchildren
Occupation: Distinguished professor of immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Immunology.
Background: Finn’s research in tumor immunology led to identification of a novel immune response to antigens expressed in breast, pancreatic, colon, ovarian and other carcinomas. Her work led to the development of potential cancer vaccines that are being tested in clinical trials
Education: PhD from Stanford University; bachelor’s degree from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Quote: “In the 1980s, it was clear the immune system can defend you from pathogens, but it wasn’t clear at all that it can defend you from cancer. It was our biggest contribution to prove that the immune system can, in fact, do that.”