Department News

Cancer Biology Division well-represented at RRS 2019

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society was held this year in San Diego, CA, and was well represented by the Cancer Biology Division with an impressive number of presenters and attendees.  Julie Schwarz, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Research and Associate Professor, co-chaired the session HPV Associated Cancers and Radiation Response with Pippa Cosper, MD, PhD, Bentson Translational Research Fellow in the Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and a 2018 graduate of our Radiation Oncology Residency Program.  Dr. Schwarz’s presentation was Predicting Radiation Sensitivity in HPV Positive Cervical Cancer, and Dr. Cosper’s presentation was Chromosomal Instability Increases Radiation Sensitivity in Cervical and Head and Neck Cancer.  Rounding out WUSM Rad Onc’s presence at the session was Dr. Schwarz’s grad student Fiona Ruiz, whose presentation was HPV Viral Transcript Expression Affects Cervical Cancer Response to Chemoradiation Treatment.

Nadja Pejovic, a member of the lab of Aadel Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, gave an oral presentation in the session Imaging and Circulating Biomarkers of Radiation Response.  Nadja’s presentation was Size-based Enrichment of Urine-derived Cell-free DNA for CAPP-Seq of Non-genitourinary cancers.

Dr. Dennis Hallahan’s Lab was well-represented at the poster sessions by lab members Vaishali Kapoor, PhD, Abhay Singh, PhD, Dinesh Thotala, PhD, and Sukrutha Thotala.

Congratulations to all the members of the Cancer Biology Division for having their research chosen for presentation at RRS this year!!!