Annual Scientific Conference
The Annual Scientific Conference provides an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research progress to the faculty and their peers. In addition, the Conference is designed to acquaint new first year graduate students with the Program and to inform them of research opportunities. Faculty members have the opportunity to present at a poster session. Cancer Biology graduate students are required to attend the Conference.
Location: Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose, CA
Program Starts: Friday, September 14, 2018
Program Ends: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Dian Yang Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Jonathan Weissman Lab, University of California, San Francisco
Dian Yang grew up in Beijing, China. He started his PhD in the Cancer Biology Program in 2011, working with Dr. Monte Winslow and Dr. Julien Sage. His thesis work focused on the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of cancer metastasis, the most lethal phase of cancer progression. Using genetically engineered mouse models of small cell lung cancer, he uncovered widespread chromatin accessibility changes during metastatic progression, which activates a neuronal migration program that promotes cancer metastasis. He also uncovered that the cancer cell of origin has profound impact on metastatic progression. Dian is currently a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSF working with Dr. Jonathan Weissman on developing new functional genomic tools to understand tissue homeostasis and cancer development.