Siteman Cancer Center Research Symposium: Pamela Woodward (WashU Radiology)

November 10, 2023
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC; Medical Campus)

The 4th annual Siteman Cancer Research Symposium is hosted by the Siteman Cancer Center.

At the symposium, trainees’ cancer research will be showcased from all departments and all types of research, including basic, pre-clinical, clinical, and public health projects.

Sessions are open to all WU investigators. All trainees, high school through junior faculty, who are conducting cancer research and faculty mentors are encouraged to attend.

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11:00 – 1:00 PM:  Welcome & Trainee Podium Presentations

  • Jessica Devenport, BS, MA, PhD Student – Cancer Biology,  APOBEC3A Promotes Ovarian Cancer Metastasis
  • Ashenafi Bulle, PhD, Postdoc Research Associate, Strong Preclinical Efficacy of Combined KRAS-MAPK Pathway Inhibitors and HER2-Directed Drug Conjugate in Pancreatic Cancer Patient-Derived Xenografts
  • Jessica Liu, BS, Medical Student, Engaging Patients in Treatment to Improve Healthcare Using Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) Via The Patient Portal, Mychart
  • Krisha Anant, Undergraduate Student – Radiology, Breast Density Assessment Via Deep Learning: Head-To-Head Model Comparisons in Full-Field Digital Mammograms and Synthetic Mammograms
  • Ginny Schulz,  PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, Instructor, Internal Medicine – Medical Oncology, Barriers and Facilitators of Youth Decision Making Involvement in Stem Cell Transplantation: Informing a Family-Level Intervention
  • Carmen Azevedo, BA, PhD Student – Cancer Biology, Increasing T Cell Residence in the Tumor Microenvironment Using Antibody Click

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Lunch & Panel Discussion

  • Crystal Winkeler, PhD, Managing Director, BioGenerator Ventures
  • Adetunji Toriola, MD, PhD, Professor, Surgery – Public Health Sciences
  • Saiama Waqar, MBBS, MSCI, Associate Professor, Medicine – Oncology

2:00 –4:00 PM: Trainee Podium Presentations

  • Ryan Day, MD, PhD, Instructor, Internal Medicine – Medical Oncology, The Protein Interactomes of Acute Myeloid Leukemia-Associated Oncogenic Fusion Proteins Predict Potential Mechanisms of Action
  • Yuping Li, MD, Resident & Research Fellow, Neurosurgery, Long-Acting Recombinant Interleukin-7, NT-I7, Improves Survival Following Oncolytic Zika Virus Treatment in The SB28 Immunosuppressive and Treatment-Resistant Murine Glioma Model
  • John Huber, PhD, Medical Student, Modeling Long-Term Trends in Multiple Myeloma Incidence by Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity
  • Lauren Pedersen, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Radiation Oncology – Cancer Biology, Congenic Mapping and Dietary Manipulation Suggest that Autophagic Signaling Contributes to Differences in Radiation-Induced Cardiac Dysfunction in Rats
  • Mai Dang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurology – Child Neurology, Immunosuppressive Mechanisms of Irradiated Medulloblastomas
  • Bayu Bekele, MPH, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Surgery – Public Health, The Impact of Diabetes on Breast Cancer Treatment Among Low-Income Women

4:00 – 5:15 PM: Poster Session

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Keynote Address: Pamela Woodward, Professor and Chair, Radiology