Annual Scientific Conference

Cancer Biology Annual Scientific Conference, Sept 2016

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: 9am Friday, September 16, 2016 

Program Ends: 4:40pm Saturday, September 17, 2016


The Denise A. Chan Best Thesis Award in Cancer Biology

2016 Recipient

Ryan Corces, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Howard Chang Lab

Ryan Corces received his BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2008 where he studied aging in the model organism C. elegans. He began his PhD in 2009, working in the laboratory of Dr. Ravi Majeti. His thesis work centered around the identification and characterization of a pre-leukemic phase in human acute myeloid leukemia (AML), demonstrating that AML arises from a step-wise accumulation of mutations in functionally-normal hematopoietic stem cells. Ryan is currently studying the interplay of chromatin architecture and cancer as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Howard Chang at Stanford.

2015 Recipient

Jeanine Van Nostrand, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Reuben Shaw Lab

Jeanine "Frey” Van Nostrand grew up in rural Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergraduate school where she did her thesis work with Dr. Julie Stone studying programmed cell death in Arabidopsis. In 2007, she joined the cancer biology graduate program at Stanford University where she did her PhD thesis work in Dr. Laura Attardi’s lab studying the role of p53 and p53 target genes in embryogenesis and cancer. She joined the laboratory of Dr. Reuben Shaw at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA for her postdoctoral studies in the summer of 2014 where she is interested in exploring the in vivo role of LKB1- and AMPK-regulation in development and tumorigenesis using mouse models.