Campus-wide Symposium on Basic Cancer Research

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2023 Symposium

About the event​

2023 campus-wide symposium on basic cancer research.



Friday, May 5, 2023
10:00AM - 3:00PM PDT

Hosted by:

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Admission is open to all members of UCI and the surrounding community without charge.  Advance notification of attendance is requested.  For information, contact the Cancer Research Institute at or e-mail Krystina Jarema


Hua Eleanor Yu, PhD
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Professor in Tumor Immunotherapy;

Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Immuno-Oncology

Department of Immuno-Oncology; Co-leader, Cancer Immunotherapeutics Program


10:00AMDavid Fruman, PhD
CRI Director
10:10AMLisa Wagar, PhD“Follicular Lymphoma Organoids for the Characterization of Immunotherapy Responses”
10:40AMThomas Burke, Phd“Innate immune agonists for cancer immunotherapy”
11:10AMDequina Nicholas, PhD“Available tools at UCI to study Inflammation and Metabolism”
11:40AMKatrine Whiteson, PhD“The human gut microbiome as an indicator and an instigator of cancer”
12:10PM - 2:00PMLunch & Poster Session
Trainees interested in participating, please email the CRI at to secure your poster board slot.
2:00PM - 3:00PMHua Eleanor Yu, PhD Keynote Address
“An update on STAT3 cancer biology and targeting strategies”

About our Speakers

David Fruman

David Fruman, PhD

Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Director, Cancer Research Institute

Thomas Burke, PhD

Assistant Professor, Microbiology
& Molecular Genetics
Katrine Whiteson

Katrine Whiteson, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Pediatrics

Lisa Wagar, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiology
& Biophysics
Dequina Nicholas

Dequina Nicholas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology
& Biochemistry
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