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Cancer Biology Student Organization
Je-In Youn, Ph.D., 2011 graduate from the Program,
has accepted an offer to become an assistant professor with the newly created Institute of Immunology at Seoul National University College of Medicine. Dr. Youn was the second faculty hired for the new Institute; he completed his postdoctoral training with Dmitry Gabrilovich, M.D., Ph.D.
Daniele Gilkes, Ph.D., a 2008 graduate and postdoctoral researcher in the Wirtz lab at Johns Hopkins, has received a NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. This award provides up to five years of support to highly promising postdoctoral research scientists.
Dr. Gilkes is first author on a paper in Nature Reviews Cancer:
Hypoxia and the extracellular matrix: drivers of tumour metastasis.Gilkes DM, Semenza GL, Wirtz D. Nat Rev Cancer. 2014 Jun;14(6):430-9.PMID: 24827502.
Nicholas T. Woods, Ph.D., another 2008 graduate, has accepted a faculty position with the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Woods takes with him his first independent NIH funded R21 award to help start his independent research career. He completed his postdoctoral training with Dr. Alvaro Monteiro at the Moffitt Cancer Center.
Alyson Fay Freeman, Ph.D., who graduated from the Program in 2010, recently joined Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a Research Investigator II. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Freeman was a CRTA postdoctoral fellow in the Morrison lab at the NCI.
Ashley Basiorka, second year student in Dr. Alan List's lab, is the Program's third recipient of a prestigious ARCS Scholar Award. ARCS is the acronym for "Achievement Rewards for College Scientists" and the ARCS Foundation provides "unrestricted funding to help the country's brightest graduate and undergraduate students create new knowledge and innovative technologies". The Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program is one of only two USF Programs from which ARCS Scholars are selected. Congratulations, Ashley!
Jie Chen and Andressa Sodre de Castro Laino, both students in the Sotomayor lab, have been selected to give oral presentations of their abstracts at two national meetings! Jie will present her abstract "Histone Deacetylase 11 (HDAC11) as a Novel Transcriptional Regulator of C/EBP-ß, in Immature Myeloid Cell to Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cell Transition" at the national American Society of Hematology meeting December 6-9 in San Francisco. Andressa will present her abstract "Targeting histone deacetylase 6 in T-cells to improve melanoma immunotherapy" at the AACR Special Conference on Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy: A New Chapter, December 1-4 in Orlando, FL.
Edward "Ted" Richards attended the national CABTRAC (Cancer Biology Training Consortium) Meeting in Estes Park, Colorado on October 17-19. This organization was established in 2005 to "facilitate the exchange of ideas between individuals and institutions dedicated in the quest to train the next generation of cancer researchers." In addition to participating in discussion groups and listening to distinquished speakers, Ted was selected as the winner of the graduate student poster session!