UMASS Cancer Biology Retreat-"Understanding Cancer"

Date Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014

UMASS Cancer Biology Retreat – “Understanding Cancer”

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Albert Sherman Center, Worcester, Massachusetts

 *Registration is required and free

9:00am – 9:05am:

Opening by Dr. Arthur Mercurio, Cancer Biology Department Chair

9:05am – 9:35am:

Dr. Michelle Kelliher, Professor, Cancer Biology

“RIPK1 regulates cell death and inflammation and contributes to cancer progression”

9:35am – 10:05am:

Corrie Painter, PhD (Ceol Lab)

“Angiosarcoma Awareness Inc; improving the odds of surviving a cancer that's insignificant”

10:05am – 10:20am:

Jennifer Cotton, Cancer Biology Student (Mao Lab)

"Dissecting mesenchymal signaling in suppression of gastrointestinal polyposis"

10:20am – 10:35am:

Ernesto Perez, PhD (Bergmann Lab)

“Autophagy regulates tissue overgrowth in a context-dependent manner in Drosophila”

10:35am – 10:55am:

Coffee Break

11:00am – 12:00pm:

Keynote Address:        Dr. Tak Mak, Ontario Cancer Institute

                                    Director, The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer

                                    Director, Advanced Medical Discovery Institute

                                    “Future Anti-Cancer Targets: Put the Cart Before the Horses”

12:00pm – 1:50pm:

Lunch and Posters by Cancer Biology Students

2:00pm – 2:30pm:

Dr. Michael Lee, Assistant Professor, Systems Biology

“Systems Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Therapies”

2:30pm – 2:45pm:

Charles Nelson, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Baehrecke Lab)

“mir-14 regulates autophagy during developmental cell death via IP3 signaling”

2:45pm – 3:00pm:

Shawna Guillemette, Cancer Biology Student (Cantor Lab)

“Understanding Chemo-resistance in Hereditary Ovarian Cancer”

3:00pm – 3:30pm:

Dr. Neil Forbes, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, UMass Amherst

“Engineering bacteria to overcome the limitations of chemical and biological cancer therapies”

3:30pm – 3:50pm:

Coffee Break

3:55pm – 4:10pm:

Rasika Rohatgi, Cancer Biology Student (Shaw Lab)

"Maturing with Beclin: An autophagy-related protein regulates endosome maturation and signaling"

4:10pm – 4:25pm:

Cheng Chang, Cancer Biology Student (Mercurio Lab)

“Integrin regulation of the Hippo transducer TAZ in breast cancer stem cells”

4:30pm – 5:00pm:

Dr. Roger Davis, Professor, Molecular Medicine

“Role of JNK in the Development of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

5:00pm –

Closing Remarks