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ICCNS Award 2022 Recipient

ICCNS Award 2012 Recipient

Professor Lester Lau

Pr. Lester Lau

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)

Lester Lau received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as a faculty member at Northwestern University Medical School before moving to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He has received the Pew Scholars Award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award, and the University Scholar Award at the University of Illinois.

His laboratory has characterized various genes involved in growth control, including the nuclear receptor NUR77, the MAP kinase phosphatase MKP-1, the ribosome biogenesis protein BOP-1, and CCN1, the first member of the CCN family identified. He has established the matricellular nature of CCN proteins and their mechanisms of action through direct binding to integrin receptors. His laboratory has uncovered various CCN functions including cell adhesion and migration, angiogenesis, apoptosis, phagocytosis, and senescence, and demonstrated the biological significance of these functions in vivo using knockin and knockout mice. His recent research has dissected the role of CCN1 in integrating the functions of diverse cell types in inflammation, wound healing, and tissue regeneration in the skin, liver, and intestinal epithelium.

Lester Lau has long been committed to advancing research and scientific interest in the CCN field. He has been actively involved in the ICCNS since its inception and has previously served as the Head of the ICCNS Council and President of the Scientific Advisory Board. 

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  • Bank Employee
    Banque Populaire Val de France
  • Institutrice Titulaire (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle)
    Education Nationale
  • Maitresse d’Application (Certificat d’Aptitude Ecole d’Application)
    Education Nationale
  • Professeur des Ecoles
    Education Nationale
  • Financial Manager
    Laboratoire d’Oncologie Virale et Moléculaire
    Université Paris 7 – D. Diderot
  • Secretary of the International CCN Society
  • Treasurer of the International CCN Society
  • Administrative Manager and Coordinator JCCS-ICCNS

Foreign Postings

  • Glasgow Preschool, Scotland
  • Los Angeles, USA
    French Primary School – Mission Laique
  • Lecturer Holmes Junior High School
  • Istituto Rizzoli
    Bologna, Italy

Professional training

  • Desktop Publishing
    Université de Sceaux, France
  • Advanced English Training
    British Council, Paris, France
  • Computer skills : Word, Excel, Power Point, Photoshop, Filemaker


  • Perbal B, Perbal M, Perbal A. Cooperation is the key: the CCN biological system as a gate to high complex protein superfamilies’ signaling. J Cell Commun Signal. 2023
  • Perbal A. The 11th international workshop on the CCN family of genes in pictures. J Cell Commun Signal. 2023 Mar;17(1):13-23.
  • Perbal A. Correction to: 10th international workshop on the CCN family of genes, Niagara Falls, Canada, October 21-24, 2019. J Cell Commun Signal. 2021 Mar;15(1):153
  • Perbal A.
    The disastrous boomerang effects of “citation mania”. J Cell Commun Signal. 2017 Sep;11(3):291-295.
  • Perbal A, Perbal B.
    The CCN family of proteins: a 25th anniversary picture. J Cell Commun Signal. 2016 Sep;10(3):177-190. Epub 2016 Aug 31.
  • Perbal A. 8th international workshop on the CCN family of genes-Nice November 3-8, 2015. J Cell Commun Signal. 2016 Mar;10(1):87-101
  • Perbal B, Perbal A.
    Liberté, liberté chérie. J Cell Commun Signal. 2015 Mar;9(1):1-4.
  • Perbal A, Perbal B.
    CCN proteins, microenvironment, communication and signaling: why did we need a new journal? J Cell Commun Signal. 2007 Jun;1(1):1-3. doi: 10.1007/s12079-007-0007-x. Epub 2007 May 25. No abstract available.

Organization of International Conferences

  • International Workshop on Retroviral Pathogenesis
    1996, 2005, Saint-Malo, France
  • International Workshop on the CCN family of Genes
    Organizer,2000, 2002, 2004, Saint-Malo, France
    Co-Organiser, 2006, Okayama, Japan
    Co-Organiser, 2008, Toronto, Canada
    Co-Organiser, 2010, Newcastle, Ireland
    Organiser, 2013, Nice, France
    Organiser, 2015, Nice, France
    Organiser, 2017, Saint-Malo, France
    Co-Organiser, 2019, Niagara Falls, Canada Organiser, 2022, Nice, France
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