Jill Bargonetti is an American professor at Hunter College. Her research is focused on tumor suppressor protein p53 and its role as an oncogene in breast cancer.
Early life and education
Born on October 10, 1962 in New York Hospital, Jill Bargonetti is the daughter of Adah Askew and Arthur Bargonetti. Bargonetti attended Bronx High School of Science, from which she went on to attend SUNY Purchase where she majored in biology and dance. She then received her Masters from New York University in 1987 followed by her Ph.D. from NYU. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University where she worked alongside Carol Prives on p53 in cancer.
Following her postdoctoral training, Bargonetti became an assistant professorship position at Hunter College. In 1997, she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from William Clinton for “scholarly work in cancer related studies of cell growth and gene expression and involvement of undergraduate, graduate and especially minority students in the discovery process.” She became a full-time professor at Hunter College in 2007 and the Chair of the MCD PhD subprogram of the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009 to 2015.
Bargonetti was featured on a PBS series called "American Graduate Day" in 2015. Additionally, she spoke at a TedX "Borders and Belonging" event at City University of New York (CUNY) in 2016. In 2017, Jill Bargonetti was inducted into the Bronx Science High School Hall of Fame.