Annual Scientific Conference

Cancer Biology Annual Scientific Conference, October 2022

Hayes Mansion

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: Hayes Mansion

Program Starts: Friday, October 28, 2022

Program Ends: Saturday, October 29, 2022


2022 Recipient

Andrea Chaikovsky, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Scott Lowe Lab, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Andrea earned her bachelor's degree from UCLA, where she studied the role of cellular metabolism in the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells in the lab of Dr. Michael Teitell. After graduating in 2015, she entered the Cancer Biology program at Stanford and joined the lab of Dr. Julien Sage. In the Sage lab, she studied novel mechanisms that regulate the activity of the RB tumor suppressor, with an eye towards better understanding cancer resistance to CDK4/6 inhibitors. During her PhD, she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the F99/K00 Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award from the NCI. She graduated from Stanford in December 2021 and transitioned to a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Scott Lowe at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, There, she is studying how mechanisms regulating cellular plasticity promote the benign-to-malignant transition in pancreatic cancer.

2021 Cancer Biology Retreat Winners

Best Talks 

  • Emily Ashkin
  • Noah Greenwald
  • Logan Leak
  • William Shi


Best Posters

  • Tony Boutelle
  • Aswini Krishnan
  • Catherine Zhang

The Denise A. Chan Best Thesis Award in Cancer Biology

2020 Recipient

Gunsagar Gulati, M.D., Ph.D.

Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston

Gunsagar S. Gulati received his undergraduate degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard College and his MD and PhD in Cancer Biology from Stanford University in the Weissman and Newman laboratories. He is currently a resident physician in the internal medicine program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and will be short-tracking to fellowship in hematology and oncology. His research has focused on identifying new stem cell populations in normal and cancer tissues and developing computational tools to better understand and treat human tumors. Gunsagar identified new populations of hematopoietic and skeletal stem cells and developed CytoTRACE, a computational approach for predicting the developmental potential of single cells from transcriptional data. He aims to build his career at the intersection of stem cell and cancer biology, developing new approaches for identifying and targeting cancer stem cells. His ultimate goal is to lead an academic research group as a physician scientist who sees cancer patients in the clinic and studies their disease in the laboratory.