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Annual Lurie Cancer Center Symposium & Scientific Poster Session

Thursday, July 9, 2015

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Robert H. Lurie
Medical Research Center

303 E. Superior St., Chicago
Baldwin Auditorium
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Participate in the 7th Annual Lurie Cancer Center Symposium & 26th Annual Scientific Poster Session to display your work, socialize with your peers, network with other researchers, and learn about your colleagues' cancer-related research.

RSVPs are appreciated, and you must register your poster by Monday, July 6, 2015 if you are exibiting it at the Scientific Poster Session.

Keynote Speaker

Arthur Mercurio, PhD
Arthur Mercurio, PhD
Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Chonghui Cheng, MD, PhD
Chonghui Cheng, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University


Cara J. Gottardi, PhD
Cara J. Gottardi, PhD
Associate Professor
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University


Contact Denise Marshall at
or 312.695.1392.

The symposium, chaired by Chonghui Cheng, will feature presentations from graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from various labs. A Keynote lecture will be given by Arthur Mercurio, PhD, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The poster session, which will take place immediately following the symposium, will feature the work of students and postdoctoral fellows from the laboratories of Lurie Cancer Center members on Northwestern's Evanston or Chicago campuses.


2:00 p.m. Welcome
Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Director, Lurie Cancer Center
2:05 p.m. IDH1 Biology Revisited: Metabolic
Reprogramming of Malignant Glioma

Andrea Calvert
PhD Candidate
2:25 p.m. Central Role of ULK1 in Type I Interferon Signaling
Diana Saleiro, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
2:45 p.m. The EphA2:EGFR Signaling Axis
Promotes Epithelial Differentiation
Bethany Perez White, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
3:05 p.m. BaSIS Microscopy: The Dynamics of Higher Order Chromatin Structure
Luay Almassalha
Student, Medical Scientist Training Program
3:25 p.m. Identification of a Novel Resistant Mechanism for
Agonistic Costimulatory Cancer Immunotherapy

Siqi Chen
PhD candidate
3:45 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. Integrin and VEGF/Neuropilin Control of Cancer Stem Cell Fate
KEYNOTE: Arthur Mercurio, PhD
Professor, Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
5:00 p.m. Reception & Scientific Poster Session
Register your poster!
* agenda subject to change