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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 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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January 13th


Ayusman Dash, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tom Cunningham's Lab          Title: "A cis-regulatory element that promotes expression of PRPS1 controls cellular replicative potential and mitochondrial respiration"

Chinta Aryal, Post-Doc, Dr. Jiajie Diao's Lab                                                       Title: "Lipid species dependent of synaptic mimic vescicles clustering mediated by alpha-Synuclein protein"                                                  Moderator: Stan DeVore

January 20th


Chanel Alford, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tom Cunningham's Lab              Title: "Targeting Deregulated Nucleotide Metabolism in MYC over expressing Malignancies"

Clayton Lewis, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Vladimir Bogdanov's Lab                        Title: "Contribution of non-parenchymal cell derived tissue factor variants to the development of chronic liver disease"           Moderator: Brian Hunt

January 27th

No Seminar

February 3rd


Bidisha Pal, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susa Wells' Lab                          Title: "Loss of the Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway promotes adhesion defects and increased susceptibility to HPV infection"

Raju Manupati, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan's Lab                                    Title: "Autophagy regulated genes promotes breast cancer metastasis"                                                                                                              Moderator: Chiharu Ishikawa

February 10th


Anusha Acharya, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tatiana Kalin's Lab              Title: "Regulation of Foxf1 in lung endothelial cells"

Sydney Fobare, BA, Visiting Scholar, Drs. John Byrd & Erin Hertlein's Lab      Title: "Protein tryosine phosphatase non-receptor type 11 (PTPN11) mutations in acute myeloid leukemia"                                       Moderator: James Bartram

February 17th


Megan Bischoff, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska's Lab    Title: "Regulation of carbon metabolism by selective MAP1LC3C autophagy"

Lu Ren, Post-Doc, Dr. Yanbo Fan's Lab                                                              Title: "Ccdc92 regulates diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance in mice"                                                                                                      Moderator: Natalia Nagy

February 24th


Ziyuan Guo, PhD                                                                                        Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati        Title: "Developing next-generation human nervous system to study human neurodevelopment and brain disorders by using stem cell technologies."                                                                                                        Host: Chenran Wang                                                                                Moderator: Bibek Raj Karki

March 3rd


Xuefeng Wang, PhD                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Iowa State University                                                                                                              Title: "Imaging cell adhesive force at nanoscale with single molecule sensitivity"                                                                                                          Host: Chenran Wang                                                                                   Moderators: Dina Secic & Xiaoqin Zhu

March 10th


Wei Min, PhD                                                                                         Professor, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University                          Title: "Chemical imaging for biomedicine: the next frontier of light microscopy."                                                                                                           Host: Jiajie Diao                                                                                     Moderators: Grant Hagedorn & Timothy Nixon

March 24th


Eileen White, PhD                                                                                      Deputy Director, Chief Scientific Officer, Associate Director of Basic Research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey                              Associate Director, Ludwig Princeton Branch, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Princeton University                                                                 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology                              Title:"Role of Autophagy in Cancer"                                                           Host: Jun-Lin Guan                                                                             Moderators: Chen Wang & Tanner Wherley
March 31st

Grant Hagedorn, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Krushna Patra's Lab         Title: "GNAS mutant growth dependency on CRTC in Pancreatic Cancer"

Ola Elgamal, PhD, Research Scientist, Drs. John Byrd & Erin Hertlein's Lab                                                                                                                      Title: "The preclinical development of a novel acute myeloid leukemia differentiation therapy"                                                                   Moderators: Ayusman Dash & Zhiqi Tian

April 7thYuhang Zhang, PhD                                                                                Associate Professor, James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati                                                                             Title: "Reprogramming of the stromal microenvironment in melanoma progression and therapeutic escape"                                        Host: Yanbo Fan                                                                                    Moderators: Kyle Ferchen & Ian Mersich
April 14thNikki Cheng, PhD                                                                                      Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine                                Associate Professor, Cancer Biology                                                               Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Fennik Life Sciences                           The University of Kansas Medical Center                                                            Title: "Progression and metabolis, of early stage breast cancer through chemokine dependent mechanisms."                                            Host: Yanbo Fan                                                                                  Moderators: Anusha Acharya & Mary Nguyen
April 21st

James Bartram, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Marie-Dominique Filippi's Lab                                                                                                    Title:"Divisional memory drives hematopoetic stem cell functional diversity"

Syn Yeo, PhD, Instructor, Department of Cancer Biology, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan's Lab                                                                                                              Title: "A TBK1-Interferon alarm system that responds to halted selective autophagy."                                                                                           Moderators: Angelle Jones & Mary Bedard

April 28th

Xuejun Jiang, PhD                                                                                    Professor and Interim Chair, Cell Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research                                                    Adjunct Professor, Cornell University Weill Medical College                    Title:"Ferroptosis, Mechanisms and Role in Disease"                                  Host: Pier Paolo Scaglioni                                                                           Moderators: Joshua Bennett & Megan Bischoff

May 5th

Kyle Ferchen, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Lee Grimes' Lab                      Title: "Integrative bioinformatics and experimental workflow for multimodal analysis and validation of discrete cell populations"     

Wa Du, PhD, Research Assistant, Dr. Yanbo Fan's Lab                              Title: "Endothelial cell metabolism in tumor microenvironment"         Moderators: Devyani Sharma & Zhiyun Yu

May 12th

Austin MacMillan, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tom Cunningham's Lab      Title: "Deciphering the mechanistic basis of PRPS2 loss of function's protection against MYC-driven lymphoma through metabolic changes" 

Xin Tang, 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: Makenzie Fourman & Phillip Witcher

May 19th

William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Series                                            Yang Shi                                                                                                             Professor of Epigenetics, Ludwig Cancer Research, University of Oxford, United Kingdom                                                                                                        Title: "Epigenetic regulation in immuno-oncology"                               Host: Jun-Lin Guan                                                                              Moderators: Bidisha Pal & Levi Fox

May 26th

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

Lei Wang, 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


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