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Department of

Cancer Biology

Seminars & Symposia

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. Unless indicated otherwise, all seminars take place from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Rieveschl Auditorium at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies. For more information, please contact Emily Spinks at or 513-558-7379.

Rieveschl Auditorium @ the Vontz Noon to 1:00pm

Contact Info: Emily Spinks (513) 558-7379

September 7th Avi Domb, PhD
School of Pharmacy - Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Title: “The Gliadel Story, Treating Cancer at the Site of the Disease
September 14th Kenneth Nephew, PhD
Professor of Cellular & Integrative Physiology, Indiana University
Title: “Epigenetic Therapies for Sensitizing Solid Tumors to Chemotherapy and Biological Therapies
September 21st Pankaj Dwivedi, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Ken Greis’s Lab
Title: "Quantitative Phosphoproteomics Kinetics Reveals Abnormal Signaling Displayed by Mutated G-CSFR"

Rui Su
, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jianjun Chen’s Lab
Title: "Small Molecule Targeting of Oncogenic FTO Demethylation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia"
September 28th No Seminar
October 5th Nick Brown, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susan Waltz’s Lab
Title: “RON Receptor Signaling Drives Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer through ß-CATENIN and NF-κB

Yangyao Wang
, Visiting Scholar, Dr. Jiajie Diao’s Lab
Title: "Study DNA-protein Interaction at the Single Molecule Level"
October 12th Bangyan L. Stiles, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Southern California
Title: “Lipid Metabolism and Liver Cancer
October 19th Sasha Ruiz-Torres, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susan Waltz’s Lab
Title: "HGFL Ron Signaling Regulates Breast Cancer Stem Cells in a Cell Type Specific Manner"

Mingang Hao
, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: "Exploring the Role of FIP200 in Her2-drived Breast Cancer"
October 26th Sonya Ruiz-Torres, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susa Wells’s Lab
Title: "Novel Fanconi Anemia Gene Activities in Squamous Epithelium Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells"
November 2nd Shi-Yuan Cheng, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University
Title: "Dysregulated Oncogenic Signaling and Epigenetics in Human Brain Tumors"
November 9th Hannah Flood, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Vladimir Kalinichenko’s Lab
Title: "Ex vivo Culture of Lung Organoids as a Model System"

Jie Wang
, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Dave Plas’s Lab
Title: “Investigating the Metabolic Requirements for BCR-ABL Dependent Survival
November 16th Bryan Maliken, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Jeff Molkentin’s Lab
Title: "Loss of Gata4 in Kit Lineage-Derived Endothelium Leads to Vascular Permeability and Increased Heterotypic Fusion"

Joe Racca
, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Susan Waltz’s Lab
Title: "Tumor Cell Intrinsic Ron Expression Inhibits IRAK4-mediated Innate Signaling Allowing for Aggressive Breast Cancer"
November 23rd No Seminar — Thanksgiving Holiday
November 30th Molly Smith, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Dan Starczynowski’s Lab
Title: "Splicesome Mutant MDS and AML Cells Activate Innate Immune Signaling by Regulating the Expression of Therapeutically Targetable IRAK4 Isoforms"

Somchai Chutipongtanate
, MD/PhD, 
Visiting Scientist from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
Title: "Application of Label-Free Quantitation using SWATH-MS in Biology and Disease"
November 30th Special Seminar — 2 - 3PM, Rieveschl Auditorium @ Vontz
Svasti Haricharan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Title: "Non-canonical Roles for DNA Damage Repair in Breast Cancer Treatment Response"
December 4th Special Seminar — 2 - 3PM, Rieveschl Auditorium @ Vontz
Peter Zhou, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
Title: "Epithelial-mesenchymal Transition in Breast Cancer Progression and Metastasis"
December 5th Special Seminar — 12 - 1PM, Rieveschl Auditorium @ Vontz
Kyoung Eun Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Title: "Hypoxic Influences on Inflammation, Tissue Repair, and Cancer of the Pancreas"
December 7th Yana Zavros, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology, University of Cincinnati
Title: "Organoid Based Models of Human Gastric Cancer"
December 14th Nicole Oatman, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Biplab Dasgupta’s Lab
Title: “Passenger Deletion Creates Therapeutic Vulnerability in Glioblastoma

Brian Johnson
, Research Assistant, Dr. Tom Cunningham’s Lab
Title: “MYC Orchestrates a Tailor-Made Metabolic Program that Relies on Increased Purine Production to Fuel Lymphomagenesis
December 21st No Seminar — Winter Holiday
December 28th No Seminar — Winter Holiday
January 4th Special Seminar — 12 - 1PM, Rieveschl Auditorium @ Vontz
Haizhen Wang, PhD, 
Research Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
Title: "Cyclin D-CDK4/6 Kinase in Cancer Cell Survival and Cancer Immune Surveillance"
January 11th Jordan Althoff, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Jose Cancelas’s Lab
Title: “Scribble Controls HSC Self-Renewal Through Polarity-dependent Activation of the Hippo Signaling Pathway

Rita Verma, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska’s Lab
Title: "LC3C Regulates a Subpopulation of Cancer Initiating Cells in Kidney Cancer"
January 18th  Madeline Niederkorn, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Dan Starczynowski’s Lab
Title: “The Role of TIFAB-USP15 in del(5q) Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Yuanwei Zang, MD/PhD, Visiting Scholar, Dr. Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska’s Lab
Title: “Effects of Tobacco Smoking in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (ccRCC)
January 25th Xiaoyang Wu, PhD
Assistant Professor, The Ben May Department of Cancer Research, The University of Chicago
Title: “Skin Epidermal Stem Cells, Signaling and Tissue Engineering
January 29th
Special Seminar — 12 - 1PM, Rieveschl Auditorium @ Vontz
Stephano Spano Mello, PhD,
Life Science Research Associate, Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University Medical Center
Title: "Elucidating p53 Transcriptional Networks Involved in Pancreatic Cancer Suppression"
February 1st Ritama Paul, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: “The Extracellular Matrix Niche in Breast Cancer

Xuyang Feng, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Carolyn Price’s Lab
Title: “Telomerase Needs Help: Role of CST in Telomere Integrity Maintenance
February 8th Jose Javier, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Marie-Dominique Filippi’s Lab
Title: "Upregulated TGF-beta Signaling Increases DNA Damage That Accelerates Bone Marrow Failure"

Dan Zhao, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang
Title: "MED1 and Its Downstream miRNA Networks in Breast Cancer"
February 15th Chinmayee Goda, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tanya Kalin’s Lab
Title: “Loss of Foxf1 in Endothelial Cells Promotes Lung Tumor Growth and Metastasis

Takako Okamoto, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: “Targeting the Autophagy Independent Function of FIP200 to Improve the Efficacy of Immune Checkpoint Blockade
February 19th Special Seminar — 12 - 1PM, Rieveschl Auditorium @ Vontz
Bryan Smith, Ph.D.
Elaine Wynn-Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles
Title: “Using Adult Stem Cells to Understand the Biology of Aggressive Epithelial Cancers
February 22nd Marissa Leonard, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang’s Lab
Title: “The Use of Novel RNA Nanoparticles to Target Breast Cancer Growth and Metastasis

Shaogang Sun, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: “Role of mTORC1 in Vascular Development
March 5th Rong Li, PhD
Professor, Dept of Molecular Medicine/Institute of Biotechnology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Title: “Transcriptional Impact on Cancer: Beyond Gene Regulation and Tumor Cells
March 8th                                                         CANCELLED
                                           Distinguished Larsen Lecture
Benjamin G. Neel, MD/PhD
Professor of Medicine, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
Title: “New Twists on Old PTPs
March 15th  Chen Wang, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Yi Zheng’s Lab
Title: "Investigation of the Role of Runx1 in Proliferation and Leukemogensis of AML"

Hsin-Jung Wu, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title:"The Role of FAK in Tumor Microenvironment"
March 22nd Kris Alavattam, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Satoshi Namekawa’s Lab
Title: “Nuclear Organization in late Spermatogenesis

Yongguang Yang, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang’s Lab
Title: "HER2-driven Breast Tumorigenesis Relies Upon Interactions of the Estrogen Receptor with Coactivator MED1"
March 29th Kara Wolfe, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Atsuo Sasaki’s Lab
Title: “Localized GTP Biosynthesis Fuels Renal Cell Carcinoma Migration and Metastasis

Fuchun Yang, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: “The Role of FIP200 in Lymphangiosarcoma Tumorigenesis and Progression
April 5th Bingcheng Wang, PhD
John A. and Josephine B. Wootton Professor of Research, Case Western Reserve University
Title: "Turning Sword Into Plowshare: Targeting EphA2 in Malignant Diseases"
April 12th Anna Lasorella, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Pediatrics, Columbia University
Title:"Identification of Infrequent Driver Phenotypes in Cancer: A Metabolic Function for FGFR-TACC Fusions"
April 19th Vivienne Woo, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Teresa Alenghat’s Lab
Title: "Commensal Bacteria Calibrate Host Defense by Priming the Epithelial Epigenome"

Collin Wetzel, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Dave Plas’s Lab
Title: “Understanding Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Cancer Using LC-MS Profiling Methods
April 26th Matthew Vander Heiden, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: “Metabolic Limitations of Tumor Progression
May 3rd Jing Yang, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology,
Title: “Epithelial-Mesenchymal Plasticity in Carcinoma Metastasis
May 10th Yanan Yu, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Nancy Ratner’s Lab
Title: “Cell Sorting Identifies Recurrent Genomic Variants in Plexiform Neurofibroma Schwann Cells"

Lixiao Che, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Chunying Du’s Lab
Title: "Exploring BRUCE's Role in Tumorigenesis"
May 17th Thomas Gilmore, PhD
Professor of Biology, Biology Department, Boston University
Title: "A Billion Years of NF-kB"
May 24th Chrystelle Vilfranc, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Chunying Du’s Lab
Title: “Elucidating the Role of BRUCE in Liver Disease Progression

Gregory Bick, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang’s Lab
Title: “Targeting MED1 in Hormone Driven Cancers
May 31st Camille Sullivan, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susan Waltz’s Lab
Title: “Elucidating the Cell Type-Specific Mechanisms of Ron Signaling in Promoting Prostate Cancer

Cherie Hsu, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Carolyn Price’s Lab
Title: “The Genome-wide Role of CST Complex

Seminar Schedule Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Seminar Schedule Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Seminar Schedule Spring 2015

The William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Series

This is an annual seminar to honor the memory of William J. Larsen, PhD. Each year, the invited speaker is a leader in the field of developmental biology.

The Cincinnati Cancer Symposium Series

This annual symposium features an international panel of renowned experts in a specific, timely topic in cancer research. 

CCB Faculty Seminar Series

This seminar series provides an opportunity for CCB faculty members to share their research and receive feedback from their colleagues. It meets twice a month and attendance is limited to CCB faculty and selected senior postdocs.