Group 1G: Tumor Microenvironment

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

Poster #1: 

Tumor Microenvironment Profiling by Using SAMENT

Poster #2:

Cripto Regulates Heterotypic Signaling and Cell-State in Breast Cancer

Mentor: Teri Pollastro

Teri Pollastro was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2003 when her children were 3 and 7.  Since then, she has been involved in a variety of advocacy projects both locally and nationally.  She currently serves as the co-chair for the NW Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance Research Task Force Committee.  Teri is the research advocate representing the University of WA for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium and serves on numerous grants as an advocate/advocate mentor.  Teri is an Advocate in Science (AIS) for Susan G. Komen and serves on their metastatic breast cancer patient committee. 

Twitter: @TPollastro

Scientist: Alexander Chang, M.D. & Ph.D. Candidate

Alexander Chang is a current MD-PhD trainee at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on breast cancer biology. Alexander uses his experience as a clinical and basic science researcher to try and bridge gaps between different parts of medicine to advance treatments that can help patients by bringing lab discoveries to the clinic. A student in the University of Pittsburgh-Carnegie Mellon University Computational Biology graduate program and the Adrian Lee/Steffi Oesterreich Laboratory, his work focuses on precision medicine approaches for discoveries in breast cancer. Outside the lab, he is currently leading a CMU team designing an AI system to increase racial diversity in clinical trial recruitment.

Twitter: @alexandercchang