Life in Tampa Bay
Third year Cancer Bio graduate student Shonagh Russell poses next to her poster during the International Society of Cancer Metabolism’s 3rd annual meeting in Brussels, Belgium in October. It was a four day event with cancer metabolomics experts from all around the world. Overall this conference covered multiple areas in cancer metabolism including Warburg effect, autophagy, pH dynamics and imaging. Shonagh was selected to give an oral presentation of her research in addition to presenting her poster titled "Metabolic Profiling in Complex Tissues".
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!
Courtney also will be the 50th graduate of the Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program in December 2016!
Brent Kuenzi, fourth year student in Dr. Uwe Rix's lab, has been notified that his F99/K00 application was selected for funding. 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. Congratulations, 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!
Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award
Brent Kuenzi was selected to receive the Outstanding Research Accomplishment Award for his many achievements in the past year. He is shown accepting the award certificate from Program Director Dr. Ken Wright during the annual Student Welcome Reception. Well deserved, Brent!
CBSO Leadership Award
Rebecca Hesterberg was selected by fellow Cancer Biology Student Organization members to receive the CBSO Leadership Award. Rebecca, outgoing President of the CBSO, is shown receiving the award from Vice President Melissa Martinez. Congrats, Rebecca!
Dr. Jackie Johnson, founder and managing director of JLJ Consultancy, is first author on a review paper recently published in Oncogene. Titled "Targeting the RB-E2F pathway in breast cancer", the paper originates from Dr. Johnson's time as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Rene Bernards, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam.
Dr. Daniele Gilkes, Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, presented during Moffitt Cancer Center Basic Science Grand Rounds on Wednesday, August 31. The title of her presentation was: "The non-cellular contribution of the tumor microenvironment in cancer metastasis". Dr. Gilkes was also a featured speaker at the annual Student Welcome Reception that evening held at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center (despite Hurricane Hermine!). Dr. Gilkes, pictured here with Dr. Julie Djeu, ACD for Education and Training at Moffitt, received her PhD in Cancer Biology in 2008.
Dr. Jianing Fu (pictured above) was awarded the TTS Young Investigator Scientific Award to attend the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Hong Kong in August. Dr. Fu received 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" was selected for oral presentation at the 2016 American Transplant Congress 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, attended the 2016 International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia August 21-26, 2016. Rebecca gave 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, was 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 was titled: "APOSTL: An interactive Galaxy pipeline for reproducible analysis of affinity proteomics data". He also conducted 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, 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!