Cancer Research Symposium


Friday, December 9, 2022

Location: Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)

Our annual symposium features trainees’ cancer research from all departments and all types of research, including basic, pre-clinical, clinical, and public health projects.


Register for the 2022 Cancer Symposium HERE.

Sessions are open to all WU investigators. All trainees, high school through junior faculty, who are conducting cancer research and faculty mentors are encouraged to attend.



8:30 – 9:45 AM:  Welcome & Trainee Podium Presentations

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Keynote AddressDr. Benjamin Garcia

Benjamin A. Garcia, PhD, Professor and Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Trainee Podium Presentations

12:00 – 1:00 PM:  Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 PM:  Career Panel Discussion

Jessica M. Silva-Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine – Oncology, Jean S. Wang, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine – Gastroenterology and Surgery, and Mark Lewis, PhD, Vice President, Finance and Business Operations at WUGen, Venture Capital Fellow, BioGenerator

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Trainee Podium Presentations

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Poster Session & Reception

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts for the 2022 symposium are no longer being accepted.

The top two poster presenters will each receive $500 awards.

Abstracts are encouraged from Undergraduate Students, Predoctoral Trainees, Postdoctoral Scholars, Fellows, and Assistant and Associate Professors.

All Cancer Research projects are welcome, including basic/bench, pre-clinical, clinical, or public health.

Past Symposia


2020 Agenda



2021 Agenda

2021 Keynote Address

Dineo Khabele, MD

Mitchell & Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

It’s always a good time to take charge of your career

View the Keynote Address recording HERE.


2021 Presentation Award Winners

Congratulations to our top poster presenter, Ava Hansen, and our top podium presenter, Rachel Johnston!

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Podium Presentation Winner

Rachel Johnston

Poster Winner

Poster Presentation Winner

Ava Hansen