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Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium

4th Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium

August 7th 2014

Onstead Auditorium, MD Anderson Cancer Center


9:00amOpening/Welcome remarks by APSS Committee

From Science to Practice: Bridging the Gap with Translational Research

Anil K. Sood, M.D.

Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine,
MD Anderson Cancer Center


The RNA-binding protein DDX1 promotes primary microRNA maturation and inhibits ovarian tumor progression
Cecil Han, Ph.D.

Anti-PD1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies promote distinct intratumoral T cell responses
Figen Beceren-Braun, Ph.D.

The homobox gene DLX4 controls erythroid and megakaryocytic differentiation by modulating NF-kB signaling
Bon Trinh, Ph.D.

Reciprocal regulation of MYC and LKB1 modulates cell survival and differentiation in lung cancer
Maria Cortez, Ph.D.


A Novel Genetically Engineered Mouse Model Identifies a Role for REST in Driving Pre-neoplastic Events
Tara Dobson, Ph.D.

Identifying new targets for adrenocortical carcinoma therapy innovation
Liem Phan, Ph.D.

Gold Nanoparticles as Engineered Radiosensitizers for Proton Therapy: a pilot in vivo experiment at The Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Tatiana Wolfe, Ph.D.


Breakout Sessions

Targeting the Microenvironment
Rm. S3.8003ab
Marina Knonopleva, M.D. Ph.D

Targeting and Delivering ncRNAs
Rm. S5.8005ab
Gabriel Lopez-Berestein, M.D.

The interface of virotherapy and immunotherapy in the evolution of gene therapy strategies for cancer
Rm. S5.8004ab
Juan Fueyo, M.D.

T cells engineered for human application
Rm. S3.8112
Laurence Cooper, M.D. Ph.D.

1:30–3:00pmPoster Session

Real-Time MRI-Guided Passive Catheter Tracking Using Hyperpolarized Silicon Nanoparticles
Nicholas Whiting, Ph.D.

Targeting Epigenetic Regulators for Cancer Therapy: Are Histone “Reader” proteins Cancer’s Achilles’ Heel?
Srikanth Appikonda, Ph.D.

MiniVectors deliver split genes with no cell toxicity
Lirio Arevalo-Soliz, Ph.D.


Keynote Address

Douglas Green, Ph.D.

Department of Immunology,
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

5:00–5:05pmClosing Remarks


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