UFHCC Research Day 2016

The UF Health Cancer Center Research Day 2016 took place on Nov. 3 at the UF Harrell Medical Education Building. More than 120 posters were displayed and prizes were awarded to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Approximately 350 attendees enjoyed live music and hors d’oeuvres, as well as presentations by the inaugural Dissertation Award winners — five predoctoral candidates conducting innovative cancer research throughout the university. Jonathan Licht, M.D., director of the UF Health Cancer Center, presided over the event and encouraged attendees to seek out new potential collaborators throughout the evening, as collaborations lead to important findings that impact patient health, new publications and new funding.

Thank you to all those who attended the UFHCC Research Day 2016 and to everyone who helped make it successful! We’d like to once again congratulate our award winners, listed below.



Poster Winners – Junior Faculty

Elias Sayour, MD, PhD
Translatable RNA nanoparticles supplant dendritic cell vaccines in cellular immunotherapy
Cancer Therapeutics & Immuno-Oncology

Marcus Muehlbauer, MD, PhD
The Hydrogen Sulphide Producer Atopobium Parvulum Worsens the Development of Colitis-associated Colorectal Cancer
Cancer Microbiota & Host Response

Carla Fisher, PhD
Experiences of “Openness” Between Mothers & Daughters during Breast Cancer: Implications for Coping and Healthy Outcomes
Cancer Population Sciences

Poster Winners – Postdoctoral Trainees

Kyungah Maeng, PhD
Thymidylate Synthase Overexpression Accelerates MEN1-mediated Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Development and Progression
Cancer Therapeutics & Immuno-Oncology

Zirong Chen, PhD
cAMP/CREB-regulated lncRNA LINC00473 marks LKB1-inactivated lung cancer and mediates tumor growth
Cancer Genome & Epigenome Integrity

Poster Winners – Predoctoral Trainees

Rony Francois, BS
Targeting the Oncogenic Cooperation of Thymidylate Synthase and Mutant KRAS in Pancreatic Cancer
Cancer Therapeutics & Immuno-Oncology

Dhruvitkumar Sutaria, MS
Gene knockouts reveal important roles for microRNA during the early development of pancreatic adenocarcinoma
Cancer Therapeutics & Immuno-Oncology

Sarah Tomkovich, BS
Human colorectal cancer-associated biofilms promote tumorigenesis in susceptible mice
Cancer Microbiota & Host Response

Mir Hossain, MS
Activation of Fetal Globin by Direct Protein Delivery of Zinc-finger DNA-binding Domains Targeting a GATA-1 Binding Site Associated with The -567 HPFH
Cancer Genome & Epigenome Integrity

Dissertation Award Winners

Elizabeth Kacel, MS
Yoga as a comprehensive program for managing Fear of Cancer Recurrence (FCR): a proof-of-concept study

Mam Mboge, BS
Role of Carbonic Anhydrase in Breast Cancer Metabolism and Growth

Varsha Sundaresan, MS
The Role of P53-binding Regulatory Regions in Tumorigenesis

Vindhya Vijay, MS
Identifying novel targets to eliminate refractory disease in acute myeloid leukemia

Jennifer Wiggins, MS
Structured Aerobic Exercise to Improve Radiotherapy Response in Breast Cancer


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