Trainees Present Top Science at 42nd Annual Postdoc Faculty Day

The 2017 Postdoc Faculty Day drew over 150 attendees to the Carolina Club for a day of scientific talks from Lineberger's top postdoctoral trainees.

Trainees Present Top Science at 42nd Annual Postdoc Faculty Day click to enlarge Trainees Courney Schaal and Mike Lewis
Trainees Present Top Science at 42nd Annual Postdoc Faculty Day click to enlarge Trainee Jonathan Shepherd

The 2017 Postdoc Faculty Day drew over 150 attendees to the Carolina Club for a day of scientific talks from Lineberger's top postdoctoral trainees.  The event featured two keynote talks from former Lineberger postdoctoral trainees Dr. Susanna Greer and Dr. Scott Rothbart who spoke about their career path, and current research, since the completion of their training at UNC.  The event also featured 11 oral and 55 poster presentations from  postdoctoral and graduate student trainees on research topics ranging from metabolic pathways that are abnormally upregulated in pancreatic cancer to efforts to improve radiation treatment of tumors by re-oxygenating them with “microbubbles.”

Prizes were given for the best talk, three top postdoctoral posters, and top poster from a graduate student. The winners were:

Best talk

Tie between Kirsten Bryant, PhD, “Targeting KRAS-dependent metabolic processes for pancreatic cancer treatment,” and Chase Weidmann, PhD, “RNP-MaP identifies sites of combinatorial control by RNA-binding proteins.”

Best postdoctoral posters

1st Aaron Hobbs, PhD, “KRAS G12R mutant pancreatic cancers exhibit distinct metabolic perturbations and enhanced sensitivity to ERK MAPK inhibition”

2nd Jason Tam, PhD, “NLRC5 suppresses colon inflammation and colitis associated colon cancer”

3rd Ernest Heimsath, PhD, “Cellular and organismal functions of myosin-x”

Best graduate poster prize 

Carolina Caro Vegas, “Targeting the mTOR pathway as therapy for primary effusion lymphoma”