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The Cancer Biology Seminar Series

This weekly seminar series features lectures by local, national, and international cancer researchers invited by the Department of Cancer Biology. All seminars will be held in person (unless otherwise noted) from Noon to 1:00 pm (EST) in the Rieveschl Auditorium (VONTZ 1100) at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. 

Should the seminar be listed as a virtual event, please use the Zoom link below.

Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 922 4621 9275
Passcode: 575321

For more information, please contact Pilar Ramos-Richey at

September 1st

Mackenzie Fourman, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Chunyue Yin's Lab      Title: "MDR1 as a promising target for treating progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type II in children."

Caterina Bartolacci, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Pier Paolo Scaglioni's Lab        Title: "Targeting lipid metabolism of mutant KRAS Lung Cancer: a promising therapeutic strategy.”                                                  Moderators: Kyle Ferchen & Ayushman Dash

September 8th

Julianna Korns, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Vinita Takiar's Lab          Title: "Plk1 Signaling as a Therapeutic Target in Head and Neck Cancer."

Kangqiang Qiu, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jiajie Diao's Lab                                  Title: "Ultra-Long-Term Super-Resolution Tracking of Lysosomes in Brain Organoids by Near-Infrared Noble Metal Nanoclusters."     Moderators: Devyani Sharma & Johnny Donovan

September 15th

Scott J. Dixon, PhD                                                                                           

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University            Title: “Defining and Overcoming Ferroptosis Resistance Mechanisms                                             

Host: Dr. Pier Paolo Scaglioni                                                           Moderators: Bianca Ruffolo & James Bartram

September 22nd

Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, PhD                                                         Hubert L. Olive Stringer Distinguished Chair in Oncology in Honor of Sue Gribble Stringer; Professor and Chair Department of Genetics; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center                   

Title: Wild type and mutant p53 functions”                                               Host: Dr. Amanda Wasylishen                                                           Moderators: Joshua Bennett & Stan DeVore                             

September 29th

Harmeet Malhi, MBBS                                   

Professor Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic         Title: “Liver Injury and Inflammation in NASH”                               Host: Dr. Chunying Du                                                                          Moderators: Chiharu Ishikawa & Zhixin Lu                                                                                                                                    

October 6th

Xiang H. F. Zhang, PhD ("Shawn")                                                                Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology; The William T. Butler, M.D., Endowed Chair for Distinguished Faculty Associate Director, Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center; McNair Scholar; Baylor College of Medicine   

Title: “The evolving cancer-niche interaction during bone metastasis.”             

Host: Dr. Yanbo Fan                                                                                        

Moderators: Mary Bedard & Austin MacMillan

October 20th

Christopher Charles Oakes, PhD   

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, The Ohio State University 

Title: Epigenetics underlie predictive multiomic signatures in acute myeloid leukemia.”

Host: Dr. Erin Hertlein (HEM/ONC)                                                                  Moderators: James Davis & Bibek Raj Karki                                                                                                                                                             

October 27th

Qian Cai, MD, PhD                                                                                       Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 

Title: "Mitophagy Regulation in Alzheimer's disease."                           

Host: Dr. Chenran Wang                                                                       

Moderators: Philip Witcher & Emma Uible

November 3rd

Kelly Monk, PhD                                                                                            Professor, Co-Director and Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute Oregon Health & Science University, Director Neuroscience Grad. Program       

Title: “Molecular and genetic mechanisms of neuron-glial interactions"                  

Host: Dr. Chenran Wang                                                                            Moderators: Grant Hagedorn & Juliana Korns                                                                              

November 10th

Mary Bedard, MSTP/CCB Student, Dr. Susa Wells’ Lab                                Title: "Translational Studies of Human Papillomavirus."

Gregory Bick, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang’s Lab 
Title: Phase Separated ARGLU1 in transcription and splicing.”    Moderators: Dina Secic & Tanner Wherley

November 17th

Stan DeVore, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Gurjit Khurana Hershey’s Lab  Title: "The Role of CARD14 in Atopic Dermatitis."

Mingang Hao, PhD, Research Scientist, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab              Title: "In vivo CRISPR knockout screen of autophagy-related genes for factors regulating breast cancer lung metastasis."                  Moderators: Xiaoqin Zhu & Zhiqi Tian

December 1st

Josh Bennett, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Daniel Starczynowski Lab        Title: “Dissecting the role of IRAK1 and IRAK4 in AML”

Aarti Nagayach, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Chenran Wang’s Lab                          Title: “Microglia heterogeneity in neurodevelopmental disorder of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex”                                                                  Moderators: Timothy Nixon & Levi Fox

December 8thKaylee Schwertfeger, PhD                                                                    Professor, Department of Lab Medicine and Pathology; Co-Leader Cellular Mechanisms Program, Masonic Cancer Center, Center for Immunology; University of Minnesota                                                          Title: "Macrophage heterogeneity in the tumor microenvironment."                                                                                       Host: Dr. Yanbo Fan                                                                                Moderators: Ian Mersich & Taylor Lange 
December 15th

Chiharu Ishikawa, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. D Starczynowski's Lab    Title: "Targeting an E2 conjugating enzyme, UBE2N in Acute Myeloid Leukemia."     

Xin Tang, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Chenran Wang’s Lab                                      Title: "Functions of different autophagy genes in disease-associated microglia (DAM) to regulate postnatal neural stem cells maintenance."                                                                                   Moderators: Román Cáceres & Mary Nguyen


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