Fox Chase Cancer Center's 21st Annual Trainee Research Symposium

Date & Time

Friday, June 3, 2016
8:30am to 6:00pm


Auditorium and Young Pavilion
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Ave.

Registration Information

Registration is mandatory for lunch, but not for attendance.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Neil Johnson, Steve Sykes or Lori Rink. To register, please contact Pat Bateman ( by May 25th. If you’re vegetarian, please indicate so while registering. 

The 21st Annual Trainee Research Conference  provides the Center's trainee community with an opportunity to present their work as oral and poster presentations.

Agenda and Presentations [PDF, 3.8MB]

Please see attached for the conference schedule.  Registration is required for free lunch.

In addition to our outstanding Fox Chase Cancer Center speakers, the Keynote Address will be presented by:

Rugang Zhang, PhD
Professor and Co-Program Leader, Gene Expression and Regulation Program
The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Metabolism, Chromatin Structure and Senescence Phenotypes.”



Continental Breakfast

FCCC Auditorium Lobby


J. Robert Beck, MD, PhD
Chief Academic and Administrative Officer

FCCC Auditorium


Oral Presentations I

  • Emily A. Arturo: “Mammalian Phenylalanine Hydroxylase Assembles to Two Architecturally Distinct Tetramers”
  • Jimson D’Souza: “Identification of Kinome Signatures in Genetically Defined Subgroups of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor”
  • Anna Nikonova: “Repurposing of Targeted Cancer Therapies for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)”
  • Yifan Wang: “BRCA1 N-Terminal Deficient Protein Promotes PARP Inhibitor and Platinum Resistance”
  • Pengtao Jiang: “The Candidate Breast Cancer Gene CCDC170 Regulates Golgi- Derived Microtubule (MT) Dynamics”

FCCC Auditorium

10:30 - 11:30

Coffee Break & Poster Session I

2nd Floor Mezzanine
Women’s Center

11:30 - 12:30

Keynote Presentation
Dr. Rugang Zhang, Wistar Institute, Philadelphia
“Metabolism, Chromatin Structure and Senescence Phenotypes”

FCCC Auditorium

12:30 - 1:30



1:30 - 3:00

Oral Presentations II

  • Oxana Dmitrieva: “The Role of IL-1R-Signaling in Tumor Elicited Inflammation in Colon Cancer”
  • Rossella Tricarico: “TET-TDG Inactivation Enhances Intestinal Tumorigenesis by Modifying the Epigenome in the APCMIN Mouse Model”
  • Shengliang Zhang: “Reactive Oxygen Species and ERK2 Phosphorylation are required for NSC59984 to Induce Mutant P53 Protein Degradation and Restore P53 Signaling”
  • Bryan Harris: “Reduced RPL22 Expression is seen in MDS/AML and Predisposes Hematopoietic Cells to Leukemogenesis”
  • Daniela Di Marcantonio: “PKCε Regulates Redox Biology to Support AcuteMyeloid Leukemia Survival”

FCCC Auditorium


Poster Session II

2nd Floor Mezzanine
Women’s Center

3:00 - 5:00

Edward David Lustbader Reception

2nd Floor Mezzanine
Women’s Center


Baruch and Jean Blumberg Award Ceremony


Edward David Lustbader

Edward David Lustbader, MS, PhD

Edward David Lustbader was a biostatistician at Fox Chase Cancer Center where he was a member of the Nobel Prize winning research program that identified the hepatitis B virus and its role in liver cancer.

Dr. Lustbader joined the Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1972, where he later became a Member in the Division of Population Science. A researcher of international stature in biostatistics and genetic epidemiology, Dr. Lustbader’s work focused on the development and application of statistical methods used to understand the causes of cancer. He worked closely with Dr. Baruch Blumberg in identifying individuals at risk of developing the hepatitis B virus infection and, subsequently, primary liver cancer.

Dr. Lustbader also made seminal contributions to the understanding of the relationship between diet and cancer. Working with geneticist Alfred G. Knudson Jr., MD, PhD, Dr. Lustbader developed and applied statistical methods to determine the genetic basis of cancer.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Lustbader spent most of his professional life working in the Philadelphia area. After graduating from the Case Institute of Technology (now Case-Western Reserve University) in 1967, he came to the Delaware Valley to work for General Electric Company as a statistician and began graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MS degree from the Wharton School and his PhD in statistics from the University in 1972. He was the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications.



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