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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. Unless indicated otherwise, all seminars will be held virtually over ZOOM from Noon to 1:00 pm (EST). For more information, please contact Pilar Ramos-Richey at

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January 14th

Vivienne Woo, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Theresa Alenghat’s Lab 
Title: “Commensal bacterial-derived retinoic acid primes host defense to intestinal infection”

Chunmiao “Lance” Cai, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang’s Lab 
Title: “Phase separated ArGlu1 and MED1 regulates transcription in ER positive breast cancer”

Moderator: Stan DeVore

January 21st

Chanel Alford, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tom Cunningham’s Lab
Title: “Develop Synergistic Therapeutic Strategies Targeting Deregulated Nucleotide Metabolism in MYC-driven lymphomas”

Gregory Bick, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang’s lab
Title: “Novel function of MED1 in Ovarian Cancer”

Moderator: Chrystelle Vilfranc

January 28th
12:00 – 12:30pm

Ian Mersich, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Biplab Dasgupta’s Lab 
Title: “Therapeutic targeting of purine metabolism in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma”

Moderator: Ayusman Dash
February 4thChen Wang, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Yi Zheng’s lab
Title: “Inducible correction of a driver Runx1 mutation in AML caused a disease switch to B-ALL”

Lixiao Che, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Chunying Du’s Lab 
Title: “Mechanism of Liver Disease”

Moderator: Kyle Ferchen
February 11thJingshi Shen, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder 
Title: “New regulators of tumor killing mediated by cytotoxic lymphocytes”

Moderator: Tanner Wherley
February 18thBidisha Pal, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susa Wells’ Lab
Title: “Modeling the HPV life cycle in FA deficient epidermis”

Xin Tang, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Chenran Wang’s Lab 
Title: “Functions of different autophagy genes in microglia in postnatal neural stem cells”

Moderator: Austin MacMillan

February 25th

James Bartram, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Marie-Dominique Filippi’s lab 
Title: “Mitochondrial Metabolism Links HSC Divisional History and Cell Fate”

Brian Hunt, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Susan Waltz’s lab 
Title: “Targeting Metabolic Vulnerabilities Driven by RON Expression in Progressive/Recurrent Breast Cancer”

Moderator: Juliana Korns

March 4th
12:30 – 1:30pm

Dongping Zhong
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Ohio State University
Title: "Dynamics and mechanism of sun-induced DNA damage by photolyase"

Moderator: Anusha Acharya

March 11th

12:15 – 12:45pm

Ayusman Dash, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tom Cunningham’s lab 
Title: “A novel PRPS1 5’uORF element regulates PRPS1 translation and maintains cellular homeostasis”

Moderator: Chen Wang
March 18thMinglei Zhao, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Chicago
Title: “Mechanistic Insights into Translocation and Inhibition of Human p97”

Moderator: Josh Bennett
March 25th

William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Series - Lew Cantley, PhD        Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine                                                      Medicine/Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine                                                                                                              Title: "PI 3-Kinase and Cancer Metabolism"

Moderator: Brian Hunt

April 1stJihong Bai, PhD 
Associate Professor, Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Title: “Molecular control of synaptic vesicle endocytosis”

Moderator: Ian Mersich

April 8th

Elisa Boscolo, PhD                                                                                    Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center                                   Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati           Member, Division of Experimental Hematology & Cancer Biology                Title: "Cellular and molecular Mechanisms of Pathological Vascular Lumen Expansion in Venous Malformation"                        

Moderator: Megan Bischoff

April 15thMario L. Suva, MD, PhD – DF/HCC 
Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, 
Associate Molecular Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Title: "Dissecting brain tumors by single-cell genomics"

Moderator: Dina Secic

April 22nd

12:00 – 12:30pm

Laurel Romano, CCB Graduate Student, Dr.Theodosia Kalfa’s lab 
Title: “The Effects of Erythropoietin on Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Supporting Erythropoiesis”

Moderator: Chiharu Ishikawa
April 29thAnusha Acharya, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tanya Kalin’s lab 
Title: “Role of pericytes in lung cancer”

Lu Ren, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Yanbo Fan’s Lab
Title: “The role of Coiled-coil domain 92 in type 2 diabetes”

Moderator: Timothy Nixon
May 6thKay Macleod, PhD 
Associate Professor, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research; Director, Multi-disciplinary Training grant in Cancer Research (MTCR); Program Leader, The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Title: “Autophagy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer”

Moderator: James Bartram
May 13thJohnny Donovan, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Tanya Kalin’s lab 
Title: “Novel Combination Therapy Leads to Tumor Reduction in Phabdomyosarcoma”

Raju Manupati, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: “Unravel of autophagy in breast cancer subtypes for identification of common crosstalk molecule in heterogenous populations”

Moderator: Camille Stevenson
May 20thKyle Ferchen, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Lee Grime’s lab 
Title: “Gene Regulatory Networks in Granulopoiesis”

Fei Yi, PhD Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan’s Lab
Title: “Exploring the role of FIP200 acetylation in breast cancer”

Moderator: Makenzie Fourman

May 27th

Brain Tumor Center Visiting Professors: Maria Castro, PhD and Pedro Lowenstein, MD, PhD
Title: “TBD”

Moderator: James Davis


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 William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Series page.

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.

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