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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.

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May 26th

Johnny Donovan, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tatiana Kalin's Lab            Title: "Novel Combination Therapy Reduces Tumor Burden in Rhabomyosarcoma"

Lei Wang, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jiajie Diao's Lab                                              Title: "A Constant Conversion Rate of Endolysosomes Revealed by a Ratiometric Fluorescent Probe"                                                    Moderators: Julianna Korns & Charlie Nims

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

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

September 15thScott J. Dixon, PhD                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University            Title: TBD                                                                                                              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: TBD                                                                                                        Host: Dr. Amanda Wasylishen                                                                    Moderators: Joshua Bennett & Stan DeVore                             

September 29thHarmeet Malhi, MBBS                                                                            Professor Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic        Title: TBD                                                                                                              Host: Dr. Chunying Du                                                                                Moderators: Chiharu Ishikawa & Zhixin Lu
October 6th

Julianna Korns, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Vinita Takiar's Lab          Title: "Defining the Role of GABA Signaling 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

October 20thChristopher Charles Oakes, PhD                                                            Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, The Ohio State University  Title: TBD                                                                                                              Host: Dr. Erin Hertlein (HEM/ONC)                                                                  Moderators: James Davis & Bibek Raj Karki
October 27thQian 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 3rdKelly Monk, PhD                                                                                            Professor, Co-Director and Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute Oregon Health & Science University, Director Neuroscience Grad. Program        Title: TBD                                                                                                          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: “MED1 function in patient derived models of breast cancer.”    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: TBD

Aarti Nagayach, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Chenran Wang’s Lab                          Title: TBD                                                                                                              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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