Dr. Lisa A. Porter is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Windsor. Lisa began in Windsor in 2004 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Lisa did her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University.
Lisa is a cell/molecular biologist with an interest in understanding how cells grow and divide and what can go wrong during normal processes to cause diseases like cancer. Her cancer biology interests have expanded over the years at the University of Windsor to involve the study of breast, brain, liver, prostate, and specific blood cancers.
Lisa was one of the founding directors of the Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG) — an assembly of local researchers, clinicians, and community partners which focuses on strengthening local cancer research and bridges collaboration with local cancer treatment centres. This group is now part of a larger effort to unify all areas of health research in the Windsor-Essex area and has recently launched as an official health institute – the WE-SPARK Health Institute. Lisa is currently the Executive Director of WE-SPARK.
Lisa is passionate about engaging students and the community in health research and believes that making true progress against complex diseases like cancer requires a diversity of ideas and approaches. She is most proud of the fact that the Porter Lab has grown into a strong team, a family, that supports each other and works hard toward a common goal.