ANA M. SOTO

Ana M. Soto (MD) is a theoretical and experimental biologist. She is a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, and a Foreign Correspondent Member at the Centre Cavaillès, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS), and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced studies in Nantes. Her research interests include the control of cell proliferation, morphogenesis, the developmental origins of adult disease, and theoretical and epistemological topics pertaining to biological autonomy and organization. In partnership with Professor Carlos Sonnenschein, they posited that the default state of cells in all organisms is proliferation and proposed the Tissue Organization Field Theory of Carcinogenesis, in which cancer is viewed as development gone awry (The Society of Cells, Bios-Springer-Verlag, 1999). As the Blaise Pascal Chair at the ENS (2013-5) she coordinated a multidisciplinary working group devoted to the elaboration of a theory of organisms (Soto, AM, Longo, G Noble, D, editors: From the century of the genome to the century of the organism: New theoretical approaches. Prog. Biophys. Mol. Biol, 122:1, 2016). She has been elected a member of the Collegium Ramazzini, Carpi, Italy since 2011. She is a recipient of several honors, including the 1995 Marla Frazin Award, presented by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, the 2012 Gabbay Biotechnology & Medicine Award of Brandeis University, presented to her and colleagues, for their contributions to public health, and in 2019 she was awarded the Grand Vermeil Medal, from the City of Paris for her pioneering role in the discovery of endocrine disruptors.