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Cancer Biology Travel Awards 2016-2017

2016 International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia, August 21-26 2016

Rebecca Hesterberg gave a plenary presentation of her abstract titled “Targeting Cereblon for Anti-Tumor Immunity”

ISCaM 2016, Brussels, Belgium, October 26-29, 2016

Shonagh Russell presented her poster, "Metabolic Profiling in Complex Tissues"

ASH 2016, San Diego, California, December 2-6, 2016

Ashley Basiorka will present her poster, "NLRP3 Inflammasome-Derived ASC Specks are a Diagnostic Biomarker for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)"

2017 Keystone Symposia Conference, Cell Plasticity within the Tumor Microenvironment, Big Sky, Montana, January 8-12, 2017

Chen Hao Lo will present his poster, "Temporal Dynamics of Macrophage Plasticity in Bone Metastatic Prostate Cancer"

News and Events

Student Welcome Reception 2016

The CMMB Program hosted this year's Student Welcome Reception which was held in Traditions Hall within the USF Gibbons Alumni Center. Students, faculty and dignitaries braved Hurricane Hermine to attend. A Spanish themed buffet featured chicken and yellow rice, plantains, black beans and flan for dessert. Moffitt Associate Center Director for Education and Training Dr. Julie Djeu spoke about the relationship between USF and Moffitt which led to the creation of the Cancer Biology PhD Program 15 years ago. During the update on the Cancer Biology PhD Program, Dr. Ken Wright noted that the 50th graduate recently defended her dissertation. Alumnus Dr. Daniele Gilkes, Assistant Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, detailed her academic career which began as a USF Presidential Fellow in the Cancer Biology PhD Program. Andy Weiss from CMMB regaled the audience with a tale of the life of a graduate student from his perspective. USF Provost Dr. Ralph Wilcox closed the evening with words of encouragement to students in both Programs to pursue their true passion through education.

Rebecca Hesterberg, current CBSO President, received an award from her fellow students for her Leadership and contribution to the many community events the CBSO participated in during the past year. She received the award from CBSO Vice President Melissa Martinez. Brent Kuenzi was recognized for a stellar year in research as he was presented the Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award by Program Director Dr. Ken Wright.

Cancer Biology students with Dr. Daniele Gilkes following the reception

Rebecca Hesterberg (right) receiving the CBSO Leadership Award from Melissa Martinez

Brent Kuenzi receiving the Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award from Dr. Wright