Group 2A: Cell Signaling, Circulating Tumor Cells, Novel Targets

Thursday, Sept 15
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #1: 

Mechanisms of Circulating Tumor Cell Clustering in Metastatic Breast Cancer

Poster author Khushali Patel will attend this session

Poster #2:

Nuclear Aurora-A Kinase-Induced Pseudohypoxia Signaling Drives Early Dissemination and Metastasis in Breast Cancer: Implications for Detection of Metastatic Tumors

Poster author Kristina M. Whately, 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: Eliza Barragan, Ph.D.

Eliza Barragan is a scientist with a diverse background in molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, and aging. She transitioned to cancer research when she was recruited to start a tissue and body donation program, aimed to accelerate research in the metastatic setting. As a translational scientist, Eliza strives to bring scientists and clinicians together to answer critical questions that impact the care and treatment strategies for patients in the clinic. She is passionate about making science accessible and easy-to-understand for patients.