• sense clinically
  • think mechanistically
  • act interdisciplinarily
  • treat innovatively

This symposium offers the opportunity to all Ph.D. students and young Post-Docs who want to present their cancer-related projects in an honest, constructive, and non-intimidating way to their peers. No matter whether you just started or are currently trying to wrap up the last experiments, you are welcome to join us! 

The best three presentations will be awarded with a prize.

As an additional treat, we will have an afternoon career session with scientists who have chosen a job outside of academia after finishing their Ph.D. This will help you get an idea of different yet interesting opportunities that are out there for you. 

In case you do not want to give a talk, feel free to register and share your experiences with others during the evening discussion with pizza and beer.

When? October 11, 2019
Where? Kursraum 3 (Room 2.0104) at Forum 3, Charité - Universitätmedizin Berlin, Campus Virchow-Klinikum (CVK), Berlin, Germany.
Registration deadline: October 1st, 2019
Selected talks will be announced by: October 2, 2019
Registration fee: 0 €

8:30 - 9:20 Registration
9:20 - 9:30 Welcome session
  Session I: Cancer Immunology
(Chair: Laura Grunewald)
9:30 - 9:50 Huan Lan - Tapasin-dependent MHC I molecules editing
9:50 - 10:10 Sophiya Siddiqui - Targeting lipid metabolism in Tumor associated macrophages as a novel approach to target tumor progression
10:10 - 10:30
Dr. Irene Mattiola - The macrophage tetraspan MS4A4A enhances Dectin-1-dependent NK cell-mediated resistance to metastasis
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
  Session II: Cancer therapy and risk stratification
(Chair: Rosario Astaburuaga)
11:00 11:20 Dimitri Belenki - The senescence induction program in murine B cell lymphomas is governed by transcription factors that coerce a transdifferentiation phenotype
11:20 - 11:40 Johanna Grinat - Epigenetic control of Lgr5+ intestinal cancer stem cells by the histone methyltransferase Mll1
11:40 - 12:00 Yuliia Dramaretska - Genotype-to-phenotype connections and response to targeted intervention in IDH1R132H-mutant gliomas
12:00 - 12:20 Marja Kornhuber - Influence of ERα signaling on adherens junction organization in human breast cancer cells
12:20 - 12:40 Trendelina Rrustemi - The role of cancer somatic mutations that fall in phosphosites of IDRs on protein-protein interactions
12:40 - 13:00 Fernando De Leon - PNA-Peptide Hybrids as Potential miRNA Mimics
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  Session III: Gene editing
(Chair: Kaja Hoyer)
14:00 - 14:20 Daniel Bauer - Exploring the functional impact of driver gene mutations in iPSC-derived kidney organoids using CRISPR-Cas9
14:20 - 14:40 Carlotta Farré Diaz - Modeling Multiple Myeloma sequentially in mice
14:40 - 15:00 Cornelius Hennch - Identification and functional validation of new genetic mutations in primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
15:00 - 15:20 Friederike Christen - Investigating functional consequences of clonal hematopoiesis on stem cell properties by in vitro modeling using CRISPR/Cas9
15:20 - 15:30 Talk evaluations
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
  Session IV: Career Panel
(Chair: Alireza Akhondzadeh Basti)
16:00 - 18:00 Career panel - What’s next? Prospective future pathways by Dr. Anne Schreiter, Dr. Patrizia Brunner and Dr. Grigory Bordyugov.
18:00 - 22:00 Best presentation awards & evening reception with pizza and beer

Speakers on the Career Panel

Dr. Anne Schreiter

Director German Scholars Organization e.V. https://www.gsonet.org/

Mrs. Schreiter is director of the German scholar organization that consults scientists who are willing to pursue their career either in research or in other fields in Germany. They have broad access to partners in industry and universities and offer career counselling and workshops.

Dr. Patrizia Brunner

Research associate at Pentracor GmbH https://pentracor.de/

Mrs. Brunner is working for the start-up Pentracor GmbH, a hospital & health care company. Pentracor produces and markets CRP-adsorbers for extracorporeal therapeutic lowering of C-reactive protein. The company does in proof-of-principle testing of their products and customizing their products for industry or research purposes.

Dr. Grigory Bordyugov

Research Engineer-Data Science at Zalando

After a scientific career in mathematics, chronobiology, image analysis and teaching functional genomics, Mr. Bordyugov now works as a Research Engineer at Zalando, building testing tools and responsible for the data analysis. He also gives training on statistics at Zalando Tech Academy.

Organization Committee

  • Rosario Astaburuaga
  • Alireza Basti
  • Laura Grunewald
  • Kaja Hoyer