2022 Cancer Research Symposium

Friday, December 9, 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 Symposium Presentation Award Winners!

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Podium Presentation Award Winner

Ayda Woldegerima

Linking base damage and replication-repair to improve PARP inhibitor based therapies in BRCA-mutant cancers

Poster Winner Fadhelmansoori

Poster Presentation Award Winner

Fadhel Mansoori

Examining the Role of the E3 Ligase RNF113A in Linking Alkylation Damage to Replication


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

  • Callie Walsh Bailey, MPH, PhD Student, Public Health Sciences, Digital health tools to support health behavior change among cancer survivors: brief results from the PREVENT pilot feasibility study
  • Olivia Gorushi, BS, PhD Student, Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Engineering a probiotic yeast to perform localized delivery of immune checkpoint inhibitors to the colorectal cancer tumor microenvironment
  • Phyo Nay Lin, MD, MS, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Medicine – Medical Oncology, The Role of ARID Homologs During B Cell Development and Transformation
  • Sytse Piersma, PhD, Instructor, Medicine – Rheumatology, Natural Killer cells in immune checkpoint blockade-induced MHC-I tumor escape 

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10:00 – 11:00 AM: Keynote Address

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

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

  • Abbey Zidel, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology & Department of Radiology, Enhancing ADC Efficacy in Gastric Tumors through Modulation of Cell-Surface HER2 and HER Signaling
  • Geralle Powell, BA, PhD Student, Molecular Genomics and Genetics, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, Characterizing the Major Significance of Synonymous Cancer Mutations in the Minor Spliceosomal Protein ZCRB1
  • Serena Xiong, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Surgery – Public Health Sciences, Exploring Factors Associated with Preferences for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Self-Sampling among Racially- and Ethnically-Diverse Women:  A Cross-Sectional Study
  • Ning Tsao, PhD, Instructor, Pathology and Immunology, A YTH domain-containing protein recognizes aberrant RNA methylation to regulate alkylation damage responses

12:00 – 1:00 PM:  Lunch

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

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

  • Ayda Woldegerima, Undergraduate Student and Research Technician II, Medicine – Molecular Oncology, Linking base damage and replication-repair to improve PARP inhibitor based therapies in BRCA-mutant cancers
  • Ye Lim Lee, BS, PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering, Matrix obstructions cause multiscale disruption in collective epithelial migration by suppressing physical function of leader cells
  • Keenan Robbins, MBBS, MPHS, Resident and Research Fellow, Surgery – Surgical Oncology, Participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement – Advanced initiative is not associated with savings for episodes involving resection of gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Mengmeng Ji, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Medicine – Nephrology, Asymptomatic Incidence of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and preclinical duration before multiple myeloma diagnosis

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

Poster Presentations

Haley Anderson, BS, Graduate Student, University of Missouri – Columbia, The Effect of Lead Exposure on Renal Cell Carcinoma

Emma Brown, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Imaging PD-L1 expression in gastric cancer models

Amanda Compadre, MD, Fellow, Washington University, RAD51 is a functional marker of homologous recombination efficiency more predictive of chemotherapy response than genomic scars in high-grade serous ovarian cancer

Abdul-Jalil Dania, Undergraduate Student, Washington University, Effect of Abatacept on the Homeostatic Status of Treg Levels in Normal Mice

Gupta Dikshat Gopal, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Northwestern University, Deciphering the genomic & proteomic landscape of high-risk Acute lymphoblastic leukemia subtype

Bisiayo Fashemi, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Entinostat restores responsiveness to olaparib in two in vitro models of homologous recombination proficient ovarian cancer cells

Shana Garza, Undergraduate Student, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Investigating the Role of High Mobility Group Box 3 Protein in Nucleotide Excision Repair

Vijayalaxmi Gupta, PhD, Senior Scientist, Washington University, Olaparib in combination with entinostat, improves tumor immunity in syngeneic murine models of ovarian cancer

John Huber, PhD, MD Student, Washington University, Disentangling the contributions of age, sex, and race to the disparities in monoclonal gammopathy of underdetermined significance and multiple myeloma burden

Kimberly Hwang, Undergraduate Student, Washington University, Understanding Cytokine Signaling of Memory-Like Natural Killer Cells

Mari Iwase, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Stabilization of DNA replication forks by pSer784-VCP

Kimberly Johnson, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Washington University, Insurance-associated disparities in childhood and adolescent cancer survival: a SEER-Medicaid Linkage Study

Ashwani Kesarwani, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Targeting Siglec-15, a new immune checkpoint improves efficacy of  Zika virus in glioblastoma

Tuo Lan, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Sugar Intake and Premature Aging in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer in the St. Jude Lifetime (SJLIFE) Cohort

Kyle LaPak, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Functional interrogation of the NRF2 protein proximity network reveals ZNF746 as a novel regulator of NRF2 signaling

William Leidig, Undergraduate Student, Washington University, Clinical factors associated with improved survival for recurrent glioblastoma treated with laser interstitial thermal therapy

Shuyang Lin, BA, Research Technician, Washington University, VCP is a Negative Regulator of Steady-State STING Expression

Fadhel Mansoori, BS, Research Technician, Washington University, Examining the Role of the E3 Ligase RNF113A in Linking Alkylation Damage to Replication

Jennifer Morgan, BS, MD Student, Saint Louis University, TBLR1 Maintains Retinoic Acid Resistance in Non-APL Acute Myeloid Leukemia by Inhibiting RARa Recruitment

Shabnam Nejat, BS, MA Student, Saint Louis University, Glioblastoma spheroid growth and chemotherapeutic responses in single and dual-stiffness hydrogels

Sandeep Surendra Panikar, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Modifying FDA-approved antibodies to develop a strategy for targeting multi-RTK in preclinical models that resemble clinical tumor heterogeneity

Natasha Ramakrishnan, BA, PhD Student, Washington University, Replication-driven vulnerabilities in cyclin E1-high cells

Ganesh Raut, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Abrogating chemotherapy-induced senescence driven bone loss to improve quality of life

Shinji Rho, MS, MD Student, Washington University, Bleeding and thrombotic events in bevacizumab-treated patients with colorectal cancer on novel oral anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications

Debanjan Saha, BA, MD/PhD Student, Washington University, Characterizing the lncRNA landscape in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer

Minakshi Saikia, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Role of Midkine in molecular targeted therapy to TIP1 for lung cancer treatment

Shayla Shmuel, BS, Postbaccalaureate Student, Washington University, Organotypic cultures to study antibody binding to tumors

Amela Sijecic, Student and Clinical Research Assistant, Washington University, Fertility Preservation: A Systematic Review of Website Quality Dedicated for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) Populations with Cancer

Theresa Tharakan, MD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Taste Dysfunction After Transoral Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal Cancer

Ning Tsao, PhD, Instructor, A YTH domain-containing protein recognizes aberrant RNA methylation to regulate alkylation damage responses

Alexander Vanover, Undergraduate Student, University of Missouri – Columbia, Investigating novel peptide conjugates for imaging multiple myeloma

Lu Xu, MS, PhD Student, Washington University, A neuronavigation-guided sonobiopsy device for the noninvasive genetics diagnosis of brain diseases  for sonobiopsy

Aditya Yelamali, Undergraduate Student, Washington University, Streptavidin-drug conjugates streamline identification of optimal toxic payloads for antibody-based hematopoietic stem cell transplantation conditioning

Sarah Zimmerman, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Washington University, Ezh2-Y641F co-operates with Stat3 to regulate MHC Class Ib components and the melanoma tumor immune response


Presentation Recordings

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