VIRTUAL BME Seminar: Stacey Finley (University of Southern California) – “Modeling immune cell activation in cancer: A tale of three scales”

March 25, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom conference (Virtual)

“Modeling immune cell activation in cancer: A tale of three scales”

Hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Faculty host: Princess Imoukhuede (WashU BME)

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Abstract: My research group works in the area of mathematical oncology, where we use mathematical models to decipher the complex networks of reactions inside of cancer cellsand interactions between cells. Immunecells use hundredsof biochemical reactions to respond to their environment, become activated, and kill cancer cells. Understanding thecomplexity of these reaction networks requires computational tools and mathematical models. We combine detailed, mechanistic modeling with machine learning to study these networks, better understand cancer and immune cells, and predict ways to control tumor growth. In this talk, I will present our recent work aimed at predicting the dynamics of immune cell behaviors acrossthree scales: intracellular signaling pathways in CAR T cells, the collective behavior of a heterogeneous population of immune cells, and tumor-immune interactions at the tissue scale. Our models generate novel mechanistic insight into immune cell activation and predict the effects of immunotherapeutic strategies.

Speaker Biography: Stacey D. Finley is the Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. Finley received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida A & M University and obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. She completed postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Finley joined the faculty at USC in 2013, and she leads the Computational Systems Biology Laboratory. Dr. Finley has joint appointments in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biological Science, and she is a member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Finley is also the Founding Director of the Center for Computational Modeling of Cancer at USC. Her research is supported by grants from NSF, NIH, and the American Cancer Society.

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