We’re saying a short farewell to Ana – as she heads back to Colombia to get her Visa sorted out. We’ll miss seeing her in the lab everyday. We’re not saying “Goodbye” – but rather “See you soon” because she’ll be returning to the lab soon.
September 15 to October 15
This month we’d like to highlight the contributions of Hispanic Americans in science.
Susana López Charretón
Susana López Charretón is a mexican Virologist, who has studied Rotavirus. Rotavirus is a double-stranded RNA virus, which causes nausea and diarrhea. It’s very common in children from 3 months to 3years old. Her research focused on how Rotavirus is spread, our immune response, and how it replicates. In 2012, Susana won the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science international awards for her research.
The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program hosts a webinar series entitled “Sequencing Strategies for Population and Cancer Epidemiology Studies (SeqSPACE).” The purpose of this forum is to provide an opportunity for our grantees and other interested individuals to share lessons learned and practical information regarding the application of next generation sequencing to cancer epidemiology studies.
By sharing lessons learned across funded projects, EGRP aims to facilitate higher quality research and more interpretable genetic research studies for the future. In addition, the webinar participants may work together to establish best practices for epidemiology research.
Any interested individual is invited to participate, however pre-registration is required. Each presentation will be about 30 minutes in length and allow for 30 minutes of discussion. Instructions for connecting to the webinars will be sent via e-mail to individuals who register for the webinars.
Upcoming Topics and Speakers
Sep 13 2022
Human Evolutionary History Has Shaped the Genetic Architecture of Complex Traits
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy
Dr. Ryan Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy. At the Hernandez Lab, Dr. Hernandez studies patterns of genetic variation in modern day populations to gain insights into their evolutionary history. His focus is on the development of population genetic models that can best explain observed data, with the goal of understanding the genetic basis for complex traits. Dr. Hernandez’s interests span basic population genetics, human disease genetics, and host-pathogen interactions. His scientific approach tends to be highly computational, often involving a thorough analysis of detailed simulations. In this webinar, Dr. Hernandez will present on how human evolutionary history has shaped the genetic architecture of complex traits.
Oct 4 2022
Genetics, Genomics and Precision Medicine of Gastric Cancer in Latinos
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Professor and Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in Basic Science, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UC Davis Health School of Medicine
Dr. Luis Carvajal-Carmona is Professor and Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in Basic Science in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at UC Davis Health School of Medicine. He also is the leader of the Cancer Center’s Latinos United for Cancer Health Advancement (LUCHA) initiative and the co-director Community Engagement Program at the Clinical and Translational Science Center. His research group at the Carvajal-Carmona Lab is interested in the study of cancer genetic susceptibility. They use genetic, genomic, and functional approaches to identify novel cancer-causing gene and mutations in human populations, to investigate the function of genetic variation associated with disease, and to carry out pre-clinical studies aimed at developing better molecularly guided therapies. In this webinar, Dr. Carvajal-Carmona will be presenting on genetics, genomics, and precision medicine of gastric cancer in Latinos.
Nov 9 2022
Targeted Tumor Sequencing in Colorectal Cancer: The Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health
University of Washington School of Public Health
Dr. Amanda Phipps is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Epidemiology and Tabitha Harrison is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. These investigators are part of the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium (GECCO), an international collaboration that focuses on identification of genetic risk factors and gene-environment interactions for colorectal cancer (CRC). They have been leading several sequencing studies within the GECCO consortium and will be presenting on results from targeted tumor sequencing studies in CRC.
A big congratulations to Dr. Halmai on her well-deserved presentation award. She was one of two presentation winners from this year’s UCDavis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 2022 Spotlight on Early Cancer Investigators – A Cancer Research Mini-Symposium
She presented her current research titled, “Establishing and Characterizing Patient-Derived Models from Racial/Ethic Minority Gastric Cancer Patients to Advance Cancer Precision Health Equity“.
In August 2022, the UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine featured Dr. Carvajal-Carmon in their Faculty Feature. The featurette details Luis’ work on health disparities in Calfornia as the founding director of the Center for Advancing Cancer Health Equity at the UCDavis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The centers mission is “is to contribute to improved health outcomes for the underserved populations of northern and central California and to influence cancer policy-making at multiple levels of government.”
To read the article: UCD BMM August News Letter
For more information – Please contact Luis Carvajal-Carmona
Not news this week, but Alexa is on her way to becoming Doctor Morales Arana! And April will be starting her master’s program in the fall!
Rasika committed to her graduate program on the east coast. She was accepted in 10+ programs!
Justin was awarded by the Dean of the College of Biological Sciences the Charles and Nanci Cooper Undergraduate Research Award. He is now funded to be in the lab the entire summer.
Ana received her research award at the AACR. She has a shiny plaque that she can show you and help us raise funding for the lab too!.
Nicole gave TWO oral presentations at the AACR, and both were well attended. The feedback from my colleagues who attended was very positive, and she made us proud!.