Seminar Series

The CRINA Connects Seminar Series, established in Fall 2021, is designed to showcase the innovative work being done by cancer researchers at the University of Alberta, and provides an opportunity for CRINA members to connect with and learn from other researchers around the world. The Seminars are held each Wednesday, at 12 noon (MT).

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All talks for the 2022/2023 Seminar Series will be virtual via Zoom.


September 21, 2022 - Dr. Ralf Schirrmacher, "18F-SiTATE: Clinical translation of a new radiotracer for neuroendocrine tumor imaging"

October 12, 2022 - Dr. Sorana Morrissy, "Multi-omic profiling and data integration in glioblastoma"

October 19, 2022 - Dr. Aja Rieger, "Advances in single-cell analysis technologies"

October 26, 2022 - Dr. Mohammad Ali, "Nuclear Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 and Roles in Cancer Cell Migration"

November 2, 2022 - Dr. Ing Swie Goping, "Investigating determinants of breast cancer metastasis"

November 16, 2022 - Dr. Andrew Jackson, "Genome-embedded ribonucleotides in human disease"

*November 23, 2022 - Trainee Edition:
Parnian Mehinrad (MSc Student), "Repurposing pyronaridine for targeted sensitization of colorectal cancer cells to chemotherapeutics";
Daniel Choi (PhD Student), "Role of Brain Fatty Acid Binding Proteins in GBM Microtube Formation";
Dr. Ahmed Elmenoufy (PostDoc), "Targeting DNA repair in tumor cells"

November 30, 2022 - Dr. Arun Wiita, "Not just scratching the surface: proteomic strategies to uncover immunotherapy targets in hematologic malignancies"

December 7, 2022 - Dr. Kirk McManus, "Understanding and targeting chromosome instability in epithelial ovarian cancer"

December 14, 2022 - Dr. Lynne-Marie Postovit, "Mechanistic Underpinnings of Cancer Cell Plasticity"

December 21, 2022 - Dr. Omar Abdel-Wahab, "New Mechanism-Based Therapeutics for Leukemia"  **RESCHEDULED**

January 4, 2023 - Dr. Hamed S. Najafabadi, "The regulatory programs that drive intra-tumour heterogeneity in renal cell carcinomas"

January 11, 2023 - Dr. Rémi Buisson, "APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B at the Crossroads of Anti-Viral Activity and Cancer Mutagenesis"

January 18, 2023 - Dr. Marco Marra, "The genomics of treatment resistant cancers"

January 25, 2023 - Dr. Shokrollah Elahi, "Late-stage cancer through erythropoiesis impairs immune responses against tumor"

February 1, 2023 - Dr. Daniel Durocher, "Understanding mitotic DNA damage tolerance by CIP2A"

February 15, 2023 - Dr. Jeffrey C. Rathmell, "T cell immunometabolism in inflammation and cancer"

March 1, 2023 - Dr. Rob Manguso, "In vivo CRISPR screens reveal the landscape of immune evasion pathways across cancer"

March 8, 2023 - Dr. Melanie Eckersley-Maslin, "Epigenetic plasticity in development and cancer"

March 15, 2023 - Dr. Adam Kinnaird, "Precision medicine in prostate cancer using advanced imaging techniques"

March 22, 2023 - Dr. Kathy D. McCoy, "Microbes, Metabolites and Cancer Immunotherapy"

March 29, 2023 - Dr. Maryam Soleimani, "In Pursuit of Predictive Biomarkers in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma"

April 5, 2023 - Dr. Gordon Chan, "Exploring synthetic lethality of cell cycle regulators as cancer therapeutics strategy"

April 12, 2023 - Dr. Ian Watson, "Identification of strategies to improve immunotherapy responses in melanoma using multi-omic approaches"

April 19, 2023 - Dr. Frank Wuest, "Imaging biomarkers in oncology: The role of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals in the era of precision oncology"

April 26, 2023 - Shayla Mosley (PhD Student), "Genomic instability and DNA damage regulate STING activation through characteristic cytosolic DNA structures in colorectal cancer" and Dr. Zhigang Jin (Research Associate), "Regulation of the Long Interspersed Nuclear Element 1 by Argonaute proteins"

May 3, 2023 - Dr. Robert Sobol, "New targets for precision oncology - targeting poly(ADP-ribose) metabolism and replication stress"

May 10, 2023 - Dr. Pierre Billon, "Optimizing DNA Repair, Detection and Delivery: Enhancing the Efficiency of CRISPR-based Genome Editing"

May 17, 2023 - Dr. Russ Greiner"Learning Models that Predict Objective, Actionable Labels"

May 24, 2023 - Dr. Kevin Bennewith, "Manipulating the primary and metastatic tumour microenvironment to improve cancer therapy"

May 31, 2023 - Dr. Bennett Van Houten, "Observing DNA Repair Proteins Protecting our Genomes from Cancer: From Single Molecules to Cells"

Jun 7, 2023 - Dr. Omar Abdel-Wahab, "New Mechanism-Based Therapeutics for Leukemia"

Jun 21, 2023 - Dr. Mohsen Akbari, TBD

Jun 28, 2023 - Alessio Ciulli, TBD