Pinku Mukherjee, Professor of Biological Sciences, has been awarded the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal. The First Citizens Medal is UNC Charlotte’s most prestigious faculty award for excellence in research.
Mukherjee, who also is chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is a leader in transforming how cancer is diagnosed and treated. Her innovative approaches more accurately detect breast cancer early, and she is developing targeted therapy and imaging for pancreatic, ovarian and colon cancers.
Mukherjee earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Bombay University, India, and master’s and doctoral degrees in applied immunology from the University of London. She completed postdoctoral training at Pennsylvania State University and held faculty appointments at Indiana University Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic. Mukherjee was the 2015 recipient of the O. Max Gardner award, the highest faculty accolade given by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.