Research Focus: Cancer biology
Mukta M. Webber did her undergraduate and master’s work in Agra, India, and then completed her Ph.D. in 1963 at Queen’s University in Ontario. As a cell biologist with a focus on the biology of cancer, Mukta spent several years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, holding a number of different research and administrative positions. After two years as a Research Scientist at the National Cancer Institute (1987-1989), she came to Michigan State University in 1990 as a Full Professor in the Departments of Zoology and Medicine.
Professor Webber has published more than 90 papers on various aspects of cancer and has also edited six volumes in the series In Vitro Models for Cancer Research. A major focus of her research in recent years has been on cell-cell communication in prostate cancer, in order to gain insights into the development and growth of cancerous tumors. Mukta’s research has resulted in six U.S. and Canadian patents for techniques used in cancer research.
Mukta Webber is a committed teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students. She has supervised 8 M.S. and Ph.D. students in her 14 years at MSU. Also, remarkably, she has supervised 7 undergraduate theses. She has earned the reputation among her students for being an inspiring, committed mentor of their development as researchers.
In retirement, Mukta will continue to mentor graduate students as they prepare their research for publication, write a monograph on her research on human prostate cancer cell lines, and devote more time to artistic pursuits, especially oil painting and print-making.