The MGH Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Seminar Series occurs weekly and provides an opportunity for the MGH 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 2021 - Spring 2022

Seminar Series

Location: Zoom
Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Please see schedule and dates below.
Intended Audience: For MGH CCR-affiliated lab members and Internal MGH Cancer Center Faculty and Staff only.

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, MGH CCR
James & Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Professor of Pathology, MGH CC & HMS

September 2021

September 15
Dissecting and Targeting Senescence in Cancer and COVID-19
Clemens A. Schmitt, MD
University Professor, Head of Hematology/Oncology
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch
Kepler University Medical Center, Johannes Kepler University
(Host: Shyamala Maheswaran, PhD)

October 2021

October 13
Senescence Functionality in Cancer and Ageing
Masashi Narita, MD, PhD

Senior Group Leader, Cellular Senescence in Cancer & Ageing
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute
University of Cambridge
(Host: Shyamala Maheswaran, PhD)

November 2021

November 3
Highly multiplexed imaging of tissues with subcellular resolution by imaging mass cytometry
Bernd Bodenmiller, PhD
Professor for Quantitative Medicine
University of Zürich
(Host: Leif W. Ellisen MD, PhD)

November 10
Modifying dogma- expansion of mRNA function through unique chemistry
Shalini Oberdoerffer, MD, PhD
Snr. Investigator, Lab of Receptor Biology & Gene Expression
(Host: Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD)

December 2021

December 1
How metabolism impacts cancer progression
Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD

Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Med.
Lester Wolfe Professor of Medical Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(Host: Liron Bar-Peled, PhD)

December 8
Computer modeling to bridge the gap between biology, physics, and clinical practice
Harald Pagnetti, PhD

Professor of Radiation Oncology
(Host: Li Lan, PhD)

December 15
Expanding the scope of DNA repair factors - novel roles and applications
Dipanjan Chowdhury, PhD
Chief, Division of Radiation and Genetics
Professor of Pathology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
(Host: Lee Zou, PhD)

January 2022

January 12
Yingming Zhao, PhD
Professor, The Ben May Dept. for Cancer Research
University of Chicago
(Host: Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD)

January 26
Heterogeneity in Cellular Senescence: From Mechanisms to Interventions
Marco Demaria, PhD
Associate Professor in Cellular Ageing
Group leader of the Laboratory of Cellular
Senescence and Age-related Pathologies
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
(Host: Shyamala Maheswaran, PhD)

February 2022

February 16
Paz Polak, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncological Sciences, Genetics & Genomic Sciences, Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology and Pathology, Molecular & Cell Based Med.
Icahn School of Medicine
(Host: Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD)

March 2022

March 2
Suzanne J. Baker, PhD
Member of the Faculty
Director, Brain Tumor Research Division
St. Jude Research Hospital
(Host: Mario L. Suvà, MD, PhD)

March 23
Colliding ribosomes trigger diverse stress response signaling events
Rachel Green, PhD
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
(Host: Shobha Vasudevan, PhD)

March 30
Matthew Hirschey, PhD
Faculty Member, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute
Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition
W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center
(Host: Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD)

April 2022

April 6
John H. Bushweller, PhD
Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics
University of Virginia
(Host: Christopher Ott, MD, PhD)

April 20 - tbd

April 27
Reuben Shaw, PhD
Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology Laboratory
William R. Broady Chair
Salk Institute
(Host: Liron Bar-Peled, PhD)

May 2022

May 4
Ferroptosis: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Applications
Brent R. Stockwell, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry
Chair of the Educational Policy and Planning Committee of Arts & Sciences
Columbia University
(Host: Liron Bar-Peled, PhD)

May 18
Kathleen H. Burns, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Oncologic Pathology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
(Host: Lee Zou, PhD)

May 25
Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
Leon Hess Professor, Biochem., Biophysics, Chem. Bio, Structural Biology, Ca. Bio., Mech. of Human Disease
Rockefeller University
(Host: Shobha Vasudevan, PhD)

June 2022

June 8
Arlene Sharpe, PhD
George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology
Chair, Department of Immunology
Co-Director, Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases
(Host: Debattama Sen, PhD)