Annual Scientific Conference

Cancer Biology Annual Scientific Conference, Sept 2018

Dolce Hayes Mansion, San Jose

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, November 15, 2019

Program Ends: Saturday, November 16, 2019


2018 Recipient

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.

The Denise A. Chan Best Thesis Award in Cancer Biology

2017 Recipient

Jing Shan Lim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Wai Leong Tam Lab, Genome Institute of Singapore

Jing Shan Lim grew up in Singapore and moved to the United States for her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with Dr. Lin-Feng Chen on the tumor suppressor RUNX3 in breast cancer. In 2010, she joined the Cancer Biology Program at Stanford University. Her thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Julien Sage demonstrated that the Notch signaling pathway can have both pro-tumorigenic and tumor suppressive roles in small cell lung cancer. Jing is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Wai Leong Tam’s lab at the Genome Institute of Singapore, where she is studying tumor-stroma interactions and chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer.