Group 1D: ESR1 Mutation, Immuno-Oncology, Novel Targets, HR+ Breast Cancer

Thursday, Sept 15
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #1: 

Androgen-Regulated Secreted Factors Promote Pro-Metastatic Immune Alteration in Breast Cancer

Poster #2:

Ron kinase as a potential target to augment T cell activity for breast cancer metastasis treatment

Poster author Alicia Shu-Chin Lai, Ph.D. will attend this session

Mentor: Abigail Johnston, Esq

Abigail is a recovering lawyer, living in Florida with her husband and two boys, and has lived with de novo Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) since 2017.  Advocacy and brining the patient voice to all levels of health care and research is her passion and Abigail is honored to serve as a mentor with GRASP as well as on the Inaugural Advisory Board.  You can find her musings on her blog,

Twitter: @AMJohnston1315

Scientist: Sayali Onkar, Ph.D.

Sayali Onkar is a recent graduate with a PhD in Immunology. She trained in breast immuno-oncology with a focus on studying the immune response to estrogen receptor positive ductal and lobular breast carcinoma. Sayali is passionate about science outreach and has engaged with patient advocates throughout her PhD training at the University of Pittsburgh. She has presented her work and participated in meetings, discussions and events for Breast Cancer Research Advisory Network (BCRAN) and Susan G Komen Foundation in Pittsburgh. Sayali continues her efforts in the lab in the memory of her mother who passed of metastatic disease. She stays committed to the cause of improved patient outcomes through translational research.

Twitter: @onkarsayali