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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.

Refer to the schedule below. For more information, please contact Pilar Ramos-Richey at

January 12th

Emma Uible, CCB PhD Student, Dr. Daniel Starczynowski’s Lab
Title: "Non-canonical Roles of CASP1 in Leukemia"

Raju Manupati, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan's Lab
Title: "Combination therapy of autophagy and PIM1 inhibition in breast cancer leads to reduced tumor formation and metastasis

Moderators: Bidisha Pal & William Elaban

January 19th

Peter Tsvetkov, PhD, Research Scientist, Group Leader at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Title: "Copper induces cell death by targeting lipoylated TCA cycle proteins"

Host: Dr. Maria Czyzyk-Krzeska
Moderators: Anusha Acharya & Isaac Choi

January 26th

Zhiyun Yu, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Mingxia Gu Lab
Title: Identifying coronary abnormalities in hypoplastic left heart syndrome using iPSC as a model

Bianca Ruffolo, MSTP/CCB PhD Student, Dr. Susa Well's Lab
Title: "Metabolic reprogramming in Fanconi Anemia-deficient head and neck squamous cell carcinoma"

Moderators: Stan Devore & Sara Alharbi

February 2nd

Rushika Perera, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy Associate Professor, Department of Pathology Member, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center University of California, San Francisco
Title: Identifying and disabling the cellular engines that fuel pancreatic cancer"

Host: Dr. Krushna Patra
Moderators: Charlie Nims & Jacob Kurek

February 9th

Megan Bischoff, CCB Graduate Student, Dr. Czyzyk-Krzeska's Lab & 2022 Cardell Fellow
Title: Mechanisms of copper-induced metabolic reprogramming associated with progression of clear cell renal cell carcinoma

Chai Sharpe, PhD Post Doc, Leukemia Drug Development Laboratory, Hematology & Oncology

Title"How BCL2 inhibition shapes the immune system"

Moderators: Camille Stevenson & Paula Saez Raez

February 16th

Bidisha Pal, CCB PhD Student, Dr. Susa Well's Lab
Title: Modeling epidermal vulnerabilities to identify prevention and treatment strategies in Fanconi Anemia

Austin MacMillanCCB PhD Student, Dr. Tom Cunningham's Lab
Title: "Altering expression of the PRPS enzymes elicits redox-linked vulnerabilities in Myc-driven lymphomas"

Moderators: Angelle Jones & Kate Von Handorf

February 23rd

Linde Miles, PhD, Member, Division of Experimental Hematology & Cancer Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Assistant Professor, UC Department Of Pediatrics
Title: Interrogating Clonal Evolution in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Host: Dr. Yanbo Fan
Moderators: Mary Berdard & Zhiyun Yu

March 2nd

Anusha Acharya, CCB PhD Student, Dr. Tanya Kalin's Lab
Title: "Regulation of FOXF1 in endothelial cells"

Fuchun Yang, PhD, Post-Doc,  Dr. Jun-Lin Guan's Lab
Title: "In vivo CRISPR screen identifying essential secondary driving genes in lymphangiosarcoma development"

Moderators: Julianna Korns & Lindsay Bischoff

March 9th

Siyuan Zhang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Title: "Mapping tumor microenvironment dynamics through single-cell approaches"

Host: Dr. Chenran Wang
Moderators: Megan Bischoff & Josh Bennet

March 23rd

Gina DeNicolaPhD, Interim Chair and Associate Member Moffitt Cancer Center, Department of Cancer Physiology
Title: "NRF and Cystenie Metabolism in Cancer"

Host: Dr. Pier Paolo Scaglioni
Moderators: Ian Mersich & Bibek Karki

March 30th

Ian Mersich, CCB, PhD Student, Dr. Biplab Dasgupta's Lab
Title: "Therapeutic targeting of dysregulated purine metabolism in DIPG"

Chunmiao(Lance) Cai PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Xiaoting Zhang's Lab
Title: "Phase Separation of ARGLU1 in Transcription and UV-induced Nucleotide Excision Repair"

Moderators: Grant Hagedorn & Taylor Lange

April 6th

Camille Stevenson, CCB PhD Student, Dr. Chunying Du's Lab
Title: Exploring the role of BRUCE in NASH pathogenesis

Sarah Satropa, CCB MS Student, Dr. Jun-Lin Guan's Lab
Title: Regulation of Golgi Morphology by a New Tumor Suppressor Gene p47 in Breast Cancer Cells

Moderators: Chiharu Ishikawa & Devyani Sharma

April 13th

Russell Jones, PhD, Chair Department of Metabolism and Nutritional Programming Van Andel Institute
Title: "How Metabolic fuels regulate T Cell Function"

Host: Drs. David Plas & Wasylishen
Moderators: Julianna Korns & Xiaoqin Zhu

April 20th

Dr. Yingxia Wang, Professor of Bioengineering, Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering, Institute of Engineering in Medicine, University of California, San Diego
Title: "Remote Control of Genetics and Cancer Immunotherapy by Ultrasound"

Host: Dr. Jiajie Diao
Moderators: Mary Nguyen & Zhiqi Tian


Dr. Sean Morrison
Title: "Stem cells, hematopoiesis, osteogenesis, and cancer in the bone marrow"

Host: Dr. Jun-Lin Guan
Moderator: Tanner Wherley & Emma Uible

May 4th

Bing Xu, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Brandeis University
Title: "In-situ anticancer nanomedicine"

Host: Dr. Jiajie Diao
Moderators: Timothy Nixon & Roman Caceres

May 11th

Grant Hagedorn, CCB PhD Student, Dr. Krushna Patra's Lab
Title: Mutant GNAS promotes mitochondrial fusion and drives Branched-chain amino acid metabolism

Karmela Ramos Gertz, PhD, Post-Doc, Dr. Tom Cunningham's Lab
Title: "Investigating the role of transcription factors in regulating copper-mediated metabolic rewiring and translational control of mitochondrial respiration"

Moderators: Bianca Ruffolo & James Davis

May 18th

Hao Jiang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Title: "Dysregulation of epigenetic condensates in human disease"

Moderators: Austin MacMillan & Dina Secic

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All Seminars will be held IN PERSON.
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