The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Seminar Series occurs weekly and provides an opportunity for the Mass General research community to learn from national and international leaders in cancer research on topics such as: cancer genetics and epigenetics, signaling and molecular therapeutics, developmental and stem cell biology, genetic model organisms, DNA damage and genomic stability, immunotherapy, hematopoiesis, lymphocyte biology and miRNA regulation, among other areas.

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Seminar Series

Location: CNY 7 Isselbacher Auditorium and also via Zoom.
Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Please see schedule and dates below.
Intended Audience: For CCR-affiliated lab members and internal Mass General Cancer Center Faculty and Staff.

The seminars are structured as a 45-minute lecture followed by 15 minutes of discussion and interaction. Please see below for weekly topics and presenters.

The CCR Research Seminar Series is chaired by:
Lee Zou, PhD
Scientific Co-Director, Center for Cancer Research
James & Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Professor of Pathology, Mass General Cancer Center & Harvard Medical School


September 2022

September 14
Suzanne J. Baker, PhD
Disrupted Development in Pediatric High-Grade Glioma
Co-Leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program; Associate Director, Basic Research
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
(Host: Mario L. Suvà, MD, PhD)

September 21 (Virtual Only)
Johanna Joyce, PhD
Exploring and Therapeutically Exploiting the Tumor Microenvironment
Professor, Department of Oncology
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
University of Lausanne
(Host: Mario L. Suvà, MD, PhD)

September 28
John H. Bushweller, PhD
Targeting Transcription Factor Drivers in Cancer
Professor, Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
University of Virginia School of Medicine
(Host: Christopher Ott, PhD)

October 2022

October 12
Rachel Green, PhD
Colliding ribosomes trigger diverse stress response signaling events
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
(Host: Shobha Vasudevan, PhD)

October 26
Paz Polak, PhD
Title TBA
VP of Computational Biology
C2i Genomics
(Host: Mike Lawrence, PhD)

November 2022

November 2
Theodore Hong, MD
Title TBA
Director, Gastrointestinal Service
Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Mass General Cancer Center
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Mass General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
(Host: Li Lan, MD, PhD)

November 16
John Tallarico, PhD
Title TBA
Head, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)
(Host: Liron Bar-Peled, PhD)

November 30
Vijay G. Sankaran, MD, PhD
Genetic Studies of Human Hematopoiesis
Lodish Family Chair, BCH
Jan Ellen Paradise, MD Associate Prof. of Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital
(Host: Timothy Graubert, MD)

December 2022

December 7
Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
Title TBA
Leon Hess Professor, Biochem., Biophysics, Chem.Bio, Structural Biology, Ca. Bio., Mech. of Human Disease
Rockefeller University
(Host: Shobha Vasudevan, PhD)

December 14
Yingming Zhao, PhD
Title TBA
Professor, The Ben May Dept. for Cancer Research
University of Chicago
(Host: Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD)

January 2023

January 11, 2023
Rob Martienssen, PhD
Title TBA
William J. Matheson Professor & HHMI Investigator
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
(Host: Mo Motamedi, MD)

January 18
Andy J. Minn, MD, PhD
Title TBA
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Pereleman School of Medicine | Univ. of Pennsylvania
(Host: David T. Ting, MD)

January 25
Fernando Camargo, PhD
Title TBA
Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Stem Cell Program, BCH
Principal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Boston Children’s Hospital
(Host: Peter G. Miller, MD, PhD)

February 2023

February 8
Lydia Finley, PhD
Metabolic regulation of cell fate decisions
Associate Member, Cell Biology Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
(Host: Liron Bar-Peled, PhD)

March 2023

March 1
Donita C. Brady, PhD
Title TBA
Harrison McCrea Dickson, MD and Clifford C. Baker, MD Presidential Professor
Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute & Abramson Cancer Center Tumor Biology Program
Pereleman School of Medicine | Univ. of Pennsylvania
(Host: Liron Bar-Peled, PhD)

March 8
Sean Morrison, PhD
Title TBA
Professor & Director
Katheryn and Gene Bishop Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Research, Children’s Research Institute
UT Southwestern Medical Center
(Host: Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD)

March 15
Robbie Majzner, MD
Title TBA
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Hematology & Oncology
Stanford School of Medicine
(Host: Marcela V. Maus, MD, PhD)

March 22
Steven Altschuler, PhD
Cancer cell-fate decisions: strategies to eliminate options
Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
School of Pharmacy | UCSF
(Host: Aaron N. Hata, MD, PhD)

March 29
Scott W. Lowe, PhD
Title TBA
Chair, Cancer Biology & Genetics Program
Chair, Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center
Investigator, HHMI
Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute
(Host: David T. Ting, MD)

April 2023

April 5
George Vassilliou, MRCP, PhD
Title TBA
Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
Professor of Hematological Medicine
University of Cambridge
(Host: Peter G. Miller, MD, PhD)

May 2023

May 17
Arjun Raj, MD, PhD
Emergent cellular ecosystems in melanoma revealed by single cell analysis
Professor of Genetics
Pereleman School of Medicine | Univ. of Pennsylvania
(Host: Aaron N. Hata, MD, PhD)