Cancer Research Symposium


Friday, December 10, 2021

Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Trainees’ cancer research will be showcased from all departments and all types of research, including basic, pre-clinical, clinical, and public health projects.

We plan to host this event exclusively in-person with appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place.


Click HERE to register.

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 AM:  Welcome

8:45 AM:  Oral Presentation Session

8:45 – 9:00
Ning Tsao, PhD, Postdoc, Pathology and Immunology
YTHDC1 recognizes aberrant RNA methylation to regulate alkylation damage repair

9:00 – 9:15
Pradeep Chauhan, PhD, Postdoc, Radiation Biology Department
Integrative analysis of urine cell-free DNA to predict pathologic complete response in localized bladder cancer

9:15 – 9:30
Kyle LaPak, PhD, Postdoc, Cell Biology and Physiology
Functional annotation of an NRF2 proximity network reveals new insights into downstream signaling

9:30 – 9:45
Ancy Joseph, PhD, Postdoc, Medical Oncology
Role of CTCF in HTLV-1 DNA Methylation, Gene Expression and Pathogenesis

9:45 AM:  Panel Discussion: Career Transitions

Jason Forys, PhD, Director of Operations at Canopy Biosciences

Ashley Housten, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Surgery

Julie Schwarz, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Vice-Chair, Research, Cancer Biology Division Director

11:00 AM:  Poster Session #1

11:30 AM:  Poster Session #2

12:15 PM:  Lunch

1:00 PM:  Oral Presentation Session

1:00 – 1:15
Akshay Govindan, Undergraduate Student, Biology
PTMcosmos: A Database of Post-Translational Modifications and Proteogenomic Resources in Cancer

1:15 – 1:30
Emily Cybulla, MD/PhD Student, Molecular Oncology
A RAD18/UBC13-dependent mechanism of replication fork recovery modulates chemoresponse in BRCA1-deficient cancers

1:30 – 1:45
Ken Newcomer, MD, Resident, Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic, and Gastrointestinal Surgery
A new drug for targeted xCT inhibition in cancer – and applications for studying the relationship between ferroptosis inducers and redox homeostasis in tumor cells

1:45 – 2:00
Elizabeth Stock, MD, Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology
A qualitative analysis of patient- and provider-perceived barriers and facilitators to cascade genetic testing for hereditary breast, ovarian, endometrial and colorectal cancer

2:00 PM:  Keynote Speaker

Dineo Khabele, MD

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




3:00 PM:  Oral Presentation Session

3:00 – 3:15
Rachel Johnston, PhD Student, Molecular Cell Biology
Programmed DNA breaks uniquely suppress B cell leukemic transformation

3:15 – 3:30
Shuying Li, PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering
Human Colorectal Cancer Assessment Using Optical Coherence Tomography Catheter and ResNet

3:30 – 3:45
Sua Ryu, PhD Student, Molecular Cell Biology
Targeting RNA editase ADAR in breast cancer

3:45 – 4:00
Satrajit Chakrabarty, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering
Non-invasive classification of isocitrate dehydrogenase mutation status of gliomas from multi-modal MRI using a 3d convolutional neural network: a retrospective multi-institutional analysis

4:00 PM:  Presentation Awards and Closing Remarks

Abstract Submissions

The abstract submission deadline for 2021 has passed.

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.