Zena Werb received her BSc from the University of Toronto. Under the mentorship of the late Professor Zanvil A. Cohn, Zena received her PhD in cell biology from The Rockefeller University, New York. Her post-doctoral work was completed at the Strangeways Research Laboratory in Cambridge, UK. After a year as a faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, she joined the University of California, San Francisco, as an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Radiobiology. She is currently Professor and Vice-Chair of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco.