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Courtney Schaal, a fifth year graduate student in Dr. Srikumar Chellappan's lab, is first author on a review paper, "Nicotine-Mediated Cell Proliferation and Tumor Progression in Smoking-Related Cancers" which was recognized during the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting as one of the most highly cited Molecular Cancer Research articles published in 2014! The abstract is contained in The Best of the AACR Journals: 2014 Papers. Great work, Courtney!
Brent Kuenzi, fourth year student in Dr. Uwe Rix's lab, submitted a F99/K00 application in March. The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award is to "encourage outstanding late-stage graduate students with a demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers by facilitating the successful transition to their postdoctoral positions". The award is designed to fund up to 2 years toward completing the Ph.D. dissertation research and then fund 3-4 years of mentored postdoctoral research. Good luck, Brent!
Natalia Sumi, third year student in Dr. Uwe Rix's lab, was selected as a recipient of a $10,000 research award from the Circle of Hope for Cancer Research Organization. The non-profit organization was started three years ago by Rosa Holloway and Joan Tashbar, both cancer survivors. Pictured are Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Jr., also a cancer survivor, awardee Natalia Sumi and founders of Circle of Hope Rosa Holloway and Joan Tashbar. Congratulations, Natalia!
Dr. Daniele Gilkes, Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present during Moffitt Cancer Center Basic Science Grand Rounds on Wednesday, August 31. The title of her presentation is: "The non-cellular contribution of the tumor microenvironment in cancer metastasis". Dr. Gilkes will also be a featured speaker at the annual Student Welcome Reception that evening. Dr. Gilkes received her PhD in Cancer Biology in 2008.
Dr. Jianing Fu (pictured above) has been awarded the TTS Young Investigator Scientific Award to attend the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Hong Kong in August. Dr. Fu will receive the award during the Presidential Plenary and Awards session on Monday, August 22.
Additionally, Dr. Fu's abstract, "Generation of Naïve Donor-Derived Lymphocytes from Graft-Resident Lymphoid Progenitors After Human Intestinal Transplantation" has been selected for oral presentation at the 2016 American Transplant Congress to be held in Boston, MA in June.
Dr. Inna Fedorenko, 2014 graduate and postdoctoral fellow in the Smalley lab at the Moffitt Cancer Center, received a Career Development Award from the Melanoma Research Foundation for her project "Identifying and Targeting Melanoma Cells That Metastasize to the Brain." The award totaled $50,000/year for two years.
CANCER BIOLOGY SEMINARS 2016-2017
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||Defense Chair Seminar
||Pradip Raychaudhuri, PhD University of Illinois College of Medicine
||Moffitt Basic Science Grand Rounds
||Daniele Gilkes, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Rebecca Hesterberg, mentored by P.K. Epling-Burnette, PharmD, PhD, is attending the 2016 International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia August 21-26, 2016. Rebecca will give a plenary presentation of her abstract titled: "Targeting Cereblon for Anti-Tumor Immunity". Well done, Rebecca!
Melissa Martinez, Graduate Research Associate in the Koomen lab, was recently invited to be a symposium speaker at the 14th Asia Pacific Federation for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine Congress to be held November 26-29, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. The title of her talk is: "Personalized Detection and Mass Spectrometry Quantification of Multiple Myeloma Tumor Burden". Melissa's travel is fully funded by the Federation. Congratulations, Melissa!
Brent Kuenzi, Graduate Research Associate in the Rix lab, has been invited to give a talk in July at the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Brent was one of the lead developers of a new analysis software and his talk is tenatively titled: "APOSTL: An interactive Galaxy pipeline for reproducible analysis of affinity proteomics data". He will also conduct a workshop for graduate students and other interested researchers on how to use the software. Congrats, Brent!
Brent was selected to give an Oral Presentaton of his abstract "Ceritinib inhibits ALK-negative non-small cell lung cancer through a non-canonical polypharmacology mechanism" during the 2016 Moffitt Scientific Symposium on May 6.
Melissa Martinez also presented her abstract "Personalized Detection of Multiple Myeloma Tumor Burden"during the morning session of the Symposium.
Ashley Basiorka was the third student selected to give an oral presentation of her abstract which was titled: "Identification of Pyroptotic ASC Specks as a Diagnostic Biomarker for Myelodysplastic Syndromes".
Sridevi Challa, mentored by Dr. Jin Cheng, won an award in the Translational Science category for her poster titled: "Activation of EphA2/IKBKE by PARP inhibitor: a mechanism and a critical target of PARP inhibitor resistance".
There were 117 abstracts submitted so all four students deserve a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS!