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2021 CSBC West Coast Symposium



10:00 AM-4:00 PM

The Cancer Cell Map Initiative (CCMI, UC San Diego & UCSF) and Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB, Stanford University) are excited to co-host the 2021 CSBC West Coast Symposium. This virtual symposium will feature short talks from trainees from each of the West Coast Centers and Projects in the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC).

Attendance is FREE and open to any interested researcher with advanced registration. Please click here to register.

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Session 1 - Chaired by Andrew Gentles (CCSB)

  • 10:00 am - Welcome by Andrew Gentles, Aaron Newman and Jason Kreisberg 
  • 10:05 am - Adina Matache, Senior Research Associate from the City of Hope. "A communication theory framework for cytokine-mediated signaling and detection in immune cells"
  • 10:20 am - Karthik Varanasi, Postdoctoral Fellow from the Salk Institute. "The role of tumor metabolism in shaping antigen presentation and anti-tumor immunity"
  • 10:35 am - Erik Burlingame, Graduate Student from OHSU. "Toward reproducible, scalable, and robust data analysis across multiplex tissue imaging platforms"
  • 10:50 am - Sathya Muralidhar, Postdoctoral Fellow from the Institute of Cancer Research, London. "Does TME ITH colocalize with genetic ITH in colorectal cancers?"
  • 11:05 am - Weiruo Zhang, Research Engineer from Stanford University. "Integrative single-cell analyses of cellular architecture and gene expression associate CXCR3-CXCL10 with lymph node metastasis in primary head and neck squamous cell carcinoma"

Session 2, Part 1 - Chaired by Aaron Newman (CCSB)

  • 11:20 am - Junmin Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow from USC. "Elucidating tumor-stromal metabolic crosstalk in colorectal cancer through integration of constraint-based models and LC-MS metabolomic"
  • 11:35 am - Jason Griffiths, Postdoctoral Fellow from the City of Hope and the University of Utah. "Convergent evolution of resistance phenotypes during early stage breast cancer treatment"

Lunch Break (11:50 am - 1 pm)

Session 2, Part 2 - Chaired by Aaron Newman (CCSB)

  • 1:00 pm - Gabriel Yvette, Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "Characterizing novel aggressive prostate cancer subtypes associated with loss of chromosomes 8p and 16q"
  • 1:15 pm - Rena Emond, Graduate Student from the City of Hope. "Facilitation drives estrogen receptor positive (ER ) breast cancer growth and survival under drug pressure"
  • 1:30 pm - Stephanie Hachey, Postdoctoral Fellow from UCI. "Validating an in vitro vascularized micro-tumor model of human colorectal cancer"

Session 3 - Chaired by Jason Kreisberg (CCMI)

  • 1:45 pm - Samson Fong, Graduate Student from UC San Diego. "Systematic synthetic lethal mapping of human cancer genes"
  • 2:00 pm - Michael "Mika" Caldwell, Graduate Student from UCI. "Do stochastic fluctuations in cell cooperation contribute to carcinogenesis?"
  • 2:15 pm - Marc Creixell, Graduate Student from UCLA. "Clustering global phosphoproteomics in AXL-driven erlotinib-resistant PC9 cells"
  • 2:30 pm - Song Feng, Research Scientist from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Computational modeling of EGFR signaling pathway with hybrid coarse- and fine-grained modules"
  • 2:45 pm - Irene Li, Graduate Student from Stanford University. "Spatial heterogeneity in the lung adenocarcinoma tumor microenvironment"
  • 2:50 pm - Arun Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow from OHSU. "Tumor dissociation methods alter gene expression in cell subsets that ultimately convolutes data interpretations"
  • 2:55 pm - Ellen Langer, Research Assistant Professor at OHSU. "In silico optimization of drug treatments in triple negative breast cancer" 

Social Hour on Gather (3 - 4 pm)

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