2021 Cancer Research Symposium


Friday, December 10, 2021

Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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

This event was hosted exclusively in-person with appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place.

2021 Schedule

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 Sessions

Posters in Order of Presenter Name

Poster Room Layout

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

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

View the Keynote Address recording HERE.


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
Coordinated role of ADAR and DDX54 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

Presentation Awards

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Top Podium Presenter

Rachel Johnston

Poster Winner

Top Poster Presenter

Ava Hansen


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