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James E. Bear

James E. Bear, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, Professor at UNC Chapel-Hill in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology and co-leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program.

Cancer Cell Biology

Area of interest

I am a cell biologist with interests in the regulation of actin dynamics, directional cell motility and invasive tumor cell behavior. I have expertise in multiple imaging modalities including quantitative live-cell microscopy and intravital imaging of tumors and tumor-associated cells using multi-photon microscopy. Since coming to UNC-Chapel Hill as an assistant professor in 2003, I have risen through the ranks to full professor. In 2014, I became the co-leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program at the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. In addition, I serve in several leadership capacities such as serving as the founding faculty advisor of the newly created Hooker Imaging Core. I have a strong commitment to graduate and postdoctoral training having trained 10 Ph.D. students and 9 postdoctoral fellows in the last 15 years, including three that are already in faculty positions.

Awards and Honors

  • Jeffery Houpt Distinguished Investigator Award, 2017
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, Honoris Causa, Davidson College circle, 2015
  • Judge, Olympus BioScapes Image Competition, 2013
  • Ruth and Phillip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, 2010
  • HHMI Early Career Scientist, 2009-2015
  • Jefferson-Pilot Award, 2008
  • Sontag Foundation, Distinguished Scientist Award, 2006
  • Melanoma Research Foundation Junior Faculty Award, 2005
  • V Foundation Scholar Award, 2004
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Special Fellow, 2001-2004
  • Anna Fuller Molecular Oncology Fellow, 1999-2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Davidson College chapter, 1993
  • Samuel H. Bell Memorial Scholar, Davidson College, 1989-1993

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