Research Day 2017

The UF Health Cancer Center invites you to UFHCC Research Day 2017, to take place Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the UF Harrell Medical Education Building (map). Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please bring your UF ID.


Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.

Our keynote speaker is Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., the executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute and William and Jane Shingleton professor of pharmacology and cancer biology. As a pediatric oncologist and a cancer biologist, Dr. Kastan conducts laboratory research concentrated on DNA damage and repair, tumor suppressor genes, and causes of cancer related to genetic predisposition and environmental exposures. His discoveries have made a major impact on our understanding of both how cancers develop and how they respond to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and his publications reporting the roles of p53 and ATM in DNA damage signaling are among the most highly cited publications in the biomedical literature of the past 25 years.

He has received numerous honors for his highly cited work, including election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, as well as receipt of the AACR-G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to basic cancer research. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, on the Boards of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Association of Cancer Institutes (AACI), as editor-in-chief of the journal Molecular Cancer Research, and as editor of the textbook Clinical Oncology.






4:30 – 6:15 p.m. | Poster Judging
5:00 p.m. | Events Begin for the General Public
6:15 – 6:20 p.m. | Opening Remarks and Introduction
6:20 – 7:00 p.m. | Keynote Speaker
7:00-7:15 p.m. | Remarks by Dr. Jonathan Licht
7:15 – 8 p.m. | Awards and Announcements (Studio A): Predoctoral Award Winners, Predoctoral Award Presentations (3 min. each), Announcement of Poster Winners
8:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks



The abstract submission deadline for UFHCC Research Day 2017 is Friday, Oct.13. In keeping with the center’s mission to foster education and training and to build research collaborations, prizes will be awarded to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows/associates. Abstract submissions will only be accepted for judging within these categories — limit one poster per presenter. Junior faculty are welcome to submit an abstract in order to showcase current research and foster mentorship; however, junior faculty posters will not be judged. Questions should be directed to




The UF Health Cancer Center is seeking applications for the UFHCC Predoctoral Awards, awarded annually to up to five graduate students. These awards are intended to recognize and support outstanding predoctoral candidates who are conducting innovative cancer research. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 13 at 5 P.M. Winners will be announced at the UFHCC Research Day. Awardees will be notified before the event and asked to give a three-minute thesis presentation at the research day.


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Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)A-Cancer Epidemiology1Fullerton, Amy - PredoctoralIntensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) dose to Glottis as risk factor for dysphagiaDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)A-Cancer Epidemiology2Kirsch, Janae - PredoctoralSleep Latency and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor In Long-Term Endometrial Cancer SurvivalDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)A-Cancer Epidemiology3Paige, Samantha - PredoctoralPerceptions of Privacy Assurance among Patients with Cancer: Exploring Factors that Influence Consent2Share Research Registry Retention
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Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)A-Cancer Epidemiology4Rich, Shannan - PredoctoralInteractions of coffee consumption and postmenopausal hormone use in relation to breast cancer risk in UK BiobankDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)A-Cancer Epidemiology5Sheng, Yi - PostdoctoralAn essential role of the iron-sulfur cluster assembly enzyme isu-1 in the aging and stress responses of Caenorhabditis elegansDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)A-Cancer Epidemiology6Wijayabahu, Akemi - PredoctoralCancer Screening and Healthy Behavioral Practices among HIV Patients in FloridaDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)B-Prevention & Outreach7Cheng, Ting-Yuan David - Junior FacultyDeveloping breast cancer survivorship research in a rural/micropolitan community setting: opportunities and challengesDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)B-Prevention & Outreach8Damiani, Rachel - PredoctoralBridging the Divide Between the “Regular Joe” and Scientists: Using an Identity Framework to Understand Citizen Scientists’ Perceived Role, Motivation, and Communication with Scientists in Cancer Research
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Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)B-Prevention & Outreach9Griffin, Lauren - PostdoctoralApplying User-Centered Design Principles to the Development of a Colon Cancer Screening mHealth App
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Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)B-Prevention & Outreach10Lee, Stephanie - PredoctoralPurging as a Risk Factor for Esophageal Cancer: Why Aren’t We Screening for Barrett’s Esophagus?Download Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)B-Prevention & Outreach11Wolz, Abigail - PredoctoralPreventing Negative Outcomes and Improving Community Outreach through the Implementation of a Supportive Care Team focused on Advance Directive completion among Neurosurgical PatientsDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other12Bates, James - PostdoctoralAggressive Fibromatosis Treated with Radiotherapy: A Single Institution Experience with Adult PatientsDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other13Hitchcock, Kathryn - Junior Faculty3D Scanning and Printing in the Production of Personalized Lead Surface Collimation for Treatment of Skin Cancers of the FaceDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other14Logie, Natalie - PostdoctoralHealth-Related Quality of Life Following Proton Radiotherapy for Pediatric Tumors of the Brain and Skull Base: Results of a Prospective StudyDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other15Lopez, Alexandra - Predoctoral30- and 90- Day Mortality Rates in Oncology Patients Treated with Curative or Palliative RadiotherapyDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other16Mercado, Catherine - PostdoctoralLong-Term Outcomes of Postmastectomy Radiotherapy: A 30-Year ExperienceDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other17Mokhtech, Meriem - PredoctoralPattern of Failure in Adult Medullloblastoma Presenting Without Extraneural MetastasisDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other18Nurkic, Sommer - PostdoctoralThe Evolving Landscape of Invasive Cervical Cancer: A 40-Year Population-Based Analysis of Age-Specific and Histology-Specific Incidence and Survival TrendsDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other19O'Steen, Lillie - PostdoctoralHigh Rate of Late Toxicity in Patients Treated with MRI-Guided HDR Brachytherapy for Locally Advanced Cervix Cancer: The Importance of Smoking CessationDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other20Padron, Adaixa - PredoctoralDyadic Relationships among Sense of Mastery, Cancer-Related Distress, and Salivary Cortisol in Patients and Caregivers Impacted by Advanced Abdominal and Pelvic Malignancies: Actor-Partner Interdependence Model (APIM) AnalysesDownload Abstract
Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other21Upadhyaya, Jasbir - PostdoctoralPeripheral Ameloblastoma: A study of 18 cases and utilization of Ber-EP4 immunohistochemistry to rule out a diagnosis of intraoral basal cell carcinoma
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Cancer Population Sciences (CPS)C-CPS Other22Zhu, He James - PostdoctoralThe Risk without Adaptive Replanning for HPV-Associated N2b Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Response to Anatomic Changes during RadiotherapyDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy23Dastmalchi, Farhad - Junior FacultyStrategy to enhance DC migration for increased efficacy of dendritic cell vaccine immunotherapyDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy24Deleyrolle, Loic - Junior FacultyInfiltrative and drug-resistant slow-cycling cells support metabolic heterogeneity and adaptability in glioblastomaDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy25Grippin, Adam - PredoctoralRNA-nanoparticle engineering to enhance and track dendritic cell vaccinesDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy26Guimaraes, Fernanda - PredoctoralRNA-Modified T Cell as a Tool to Deliver Immunomodulatory Molecules to Brain TumorsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy27Karachi, Aida - PostdoctoralStandard temozolomide reduces the survival benefit of immune checkpoint inhibition in high grade glioma that can be overcome with variations in doseDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy28Kellish, Patrick - PredoctoralOncolytic Virotherapy for SCLC; Priming Immunity for More Effective Checkpoint InhibitionDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy29Long, Yu - PostdoctoralRegulatory T cells play a key role in VEGF blockade induced tumor immunosuppressionDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy30Mora, Rodrigo - PredoctoralIdentification and Evaluation of Human Neurotrimin Protein to Develop Novel CAR-T Therapy for Head and Neck CancerDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy31Nosacka, Rachel - PredoctoralModeling Human Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia Using Mouse AvatarsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy32Wildes, Tyler - PredoctoralT cell-released IFN-gamma drives the generation of intratumoral antigen-presenting cells that promote rejection of malignant gliomas
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)D-Cancer Immunotherapy33Yegorov, Oleg - Junior FacultyTracking T-cell immune reconstitution after adoptive cellular therapy targeting recurrent medulloblastoma and PNETs using deep T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire sequencingDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)E-Microbiota & Tumor Microenvironment34Harrandah, Amani - PredoctoralPeriodontal bacteria can enhance cancer cells invasivenessDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)E-Microbiota & Tumor Microenvironment35He, Zhen - PostdoctoralCytolethal distending toxin producing Campylobacter jejuni promotes colorectal tumorigenesis by induction of DNA damage and cell cycle arrestDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)E-Microbiota & Tumor Microenvironment36Temples, Madison - PredoctoralEngineered Tumor Microenvironment to Study Natural Killer Cell-Cancer Cell InteractionsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)E-Microbiota & Tumor Microenvironment37Tomkovich, Sarah - PostdoctoralMicrobial activities associated with carcinogenic biofilm-forming microbes isolated from humans
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)E-Microbiota & Tumor Microenvironment38Yu, Qin - PredoctoralMicrobial biofilms promote development of colorectal cancer: role of the bacterial gene fimH
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics39Dai, Yao - Junior FacultyFunctional Role of Src Family Kinases under Hypoxia in Prostate Cancer CellsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics40Dykes, Samantha - PostdoctoralSmall Molecule Inhibition of cathepsins L and K as potential therapeutics for macrophage-driven of breast cancerDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics42Fasanya, Henrietta - PredoctoralThe small molecule inhibitor KGP-94 attenuates Cathepsin L and K mediated tumor angiogenesis Download Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics43Hughes, Veronica - PredoctoralChoice of non-physiologic HGF concentrations in preclinical evaluations of c-Met targeting agents results in an over-estimation of c-Met inhibitor activityDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics44Mboge, Mam - PredoctoralTargeting and Modulation of Carbonic Anhydrase Activity for the Development of Small-Molecule Inhibitors to Treat
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics45Rivera-Rodriguez, Angelie - PredoctoralMagnetic nanoparticle thermal treatment potentiates PTX activity in breast cancer cellsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics46Terrell, Jesse - PredoctoralInterleukin-8 Secretion due to Leukemia induced Endothelial-cell Activation promotes AML Expansion and Chemoprotection
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics47Vijay, Vindhya - PredoctoralThe role of HNRNPC in CancerDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)F-Small Molecule Therapeutics49Zhou, Wei - PredoctoralBiochemical Characterization of PRMT5 Inhibition by Small Molecules Designed via Structure-based Design
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other51Campbell, Kevin - PostdoctoralContemporary Use and Outcomes of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Prior to Radical CystectomyDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other52Drusbosky, Leylah - Junior FacultyiCare 1: A Prospective Clinical Trial to Predict Treatment Response Based on Mutanome-Informed Computational Biology in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)Download Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other53Fuller, Eric - PredoctoralMagnetically Triggered Drug Release from NanoparticlesDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other54Grajo, Joseph - Junior FacultyUsing Aorta-Lesion-Attenuation-Difference (ALAD) on Preoperative Contrast-Enhanced CT Scan to Differentiate Between Malignant and Benign Renal TumorsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other55Hanold, Laura - PostdoctoralExploring the Target Pathway of [D-Trp]CJ-15,208 in Prostate CancerDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other56Marshall, Samantha - PredoctoralMicrogels for In Vitro Three-Dimensional Cancer ModelsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other57Parekh, Sneh - PredoctoralAnatomic Modeling and Visualization of the Kidney and its Associated Major Vessels in Patients with Kidney Cancer
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Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other58Pescatore, Robyn - PredoctoralIdentifying Important Residues for Anti-Cancer Activity of CJ-15,208 IsomersDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other59Shen, Yong - PredoctoralFunctional characterization of a novel enhancer for γ-globin gene expression using a synthetic zinc finger-DNA binding domainDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other60Siva Kumar, Shruti - PredoctoralDetermining radiation-induced subclinical cardiac toxicity in left sided breast cancer patients using pre- and post-treatment magnetic resonance imagingDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other61Tanaka, Mai - PredoctoralInhibition of Axl signaling pathway as a novel therapeutic strategy to impair tumor cell disseminationDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other62Varillas, Jose - PredoctoralIsolation, Detection, and Analysis of Circulating Tumor Cells in Microfluidic Devices for Monitoring Pancreatic Cancer Treatment ResponseDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other63Venugopal, Kartika - PredoctoralTargeting DNA replication as a therapeutic strategy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia with DNMT3A mutationsDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other64Wiggins, Jennifer - PredoctoralContinuous versus incremental exercise training on breast cancer physiologyDownload Abstract
Cancer Therapeutics & Host Response (CTHR)G-CTHR Other65Zhang, Jinling - PostdoctoralDetection and analysis of circulating tumor cells and cancer stem-like cells from patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma using microfluidic devices:
In this research , CTCs and CSCs from pancreatic patients’ blood were detected using the EpCAM or the stem cell marker CD133 antibody immobilized microfluidic chip to monitor their treatment responses
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Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics66Bele, Aditya - PostdoctoralCancer Associated Mutations In Histone Genes Destabilize Nucleosome Structure, Alter Gene Expression and Stimulate Neoplastic GrowthDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics67Dupere-Richer, Daphne - PostdoctoralUTX/KDM6A loss enhances the malignant phenotype of multiple myeloma and sensitize cells to EZH2 inhibitorDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics68Huang, Xiaoxiao - PredoctoralProteomics Profiling Analysis Reveals Histone Methyltransferase NSD2 Enhances DNA Repair by Interacting with Poly [ADP-ribose] polymerase 1
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Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics69Jacques, Camille - PostdoctoralInterplay between oncogenic signaling pathways and epigenetic modifiers in the development of Acute Myeloid Leukemia.Download Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics70Lopusna, Katarina - PostdoctoralCatalytic activity of Dnmt3b is dispensable for mouse development but critical to prevent hematologic malignanciesDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics71Luo, Huacheng - PostdoctoralCTCF boundary remodels chromatin domain and drives aberrant HOX gene transcription in acute myeloid leukemiaDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics72Maji, Sayantan - PostdoctoralLoss of KDM6A and activation of RAS/PIK3CA oncogenic signaling – how they cooperate in cancer initiation and progressionDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics73Nowialis, Pawel - PostdoctoralMonoallelic loss of Dnmt3b induces T- and B-cell malignancies in miceDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics74Poudyal, Rosha - PostdoctoralProgrammed Chromatin Remodeling during Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated (KSHV) Herpesvirus Lytic ReactivationDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)H-Epigenetics75Yan, Bowen - Junior FacultyRomidepsin targets leukemia stem cell to overcome drug resistance in acute myeloid leukemiaDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)I-Genomic Instability & DNA Repair76Viajakurup, Vinod - PostdoctoralThymidylate Synthase Overexpression Accelerates MEN1-Mediated Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Development and ProgressionDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)I-Genomic Instability & DNA Repair77Yang, Ye - PostdoctoralAtopobium parvulum produces genotoxic H2S and promotes colitis-associated colorectal cancer development in miceDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)J-Non-coding RNAs & Oncogenes79Cao, Chunxia - Junior FacultyLKB1 stabilizes the crtc1 protein through a TNPO1-dependent mechanismDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)J-Non-coding RNAs & Oncogenes80Gay, Lauren - PostdoctoralPhenotypic Characterization of Endothelial Cells Infected with KSHV MicroRNA Knockout VirusesDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)J-Non-coding RNAs & Oncogenes81Ni, Wei - PredoctoralNotch signaling is required for the in vivo growth of mucoepidermoid carcinoma likely through regulating cancer stem/progenitor-like cellsDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)J-Non-coding RNAs & Oncogenes82Sheng, Peike - PostdoctoralMammalian Dicer directly cleaves 5’-extended m7G-capped microRNA precursorsDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)J-Non-coding RNAs & Oncogenes83Stockard, Bradley - PredoctoralGlobal and Targeted Metabolic Profiling Identifies Metabolic Markers for FLT3-ITD in Pediatric AML PatientsDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)K-MOO Other84Hoang-Minh, Lan - PostdoctoralGlioblastoma Cell Cilia Release Ectosomes Containing Signaling Factors That Promote Cell ProliferationDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)K-MOO Other85Serfecz, Jacquelyn - PredoctoralThe Impact of Eukaryotic DExD/H box helicases DDX24, DHX29, and DDX49 on Lytic Replication of Kaposi's Sarcoma Associated HerpesvirusDownload Abstract
Mechanisms of Oncogenesis (MOO)K-MOO Other86Sundaresan, Varsha - PredoctoralA comparative genomics approach to understanding the control of P53 bindingDownload Abstract