Group 3E: Triple Negative Breast Cancer—Early Stage

Thursday, June 9
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #1: 

Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition Confers Sensitivity to Cytotoxic Agent Ophiobolin A via Alterations in Mitochondrial Function and Metabolic Pathways

Poster #2:

Mitochondrial Structure and Function Adaptation in Residual Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells Surviving Chemotherapy Treatment

Mentor: Bob Riter, MHSA

Bob Riter has been active in cancer advocacy and education since his diagnosis with breast cancer in 1996. More recently, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was found to have a CHEK2 mutation. For many years, he was the executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, a locally-focused support organization in Ithaca, NY. Now, Bob is the patient advocate with Cornell University’s Physical Sciences Oncology Center where he works to connect cancer researchers, students, and the local cancer community. He’s written many newspaper columns about his experiences in the cancer world and likes to build bridges between patients, researchers, family members, and clinicians.

Twitter: @bobriter

Scientist: Julia Falco, Ph.D.

Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Loyola University New Orleans and is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at Boston College. In her Ph.D. work, she uses chemical proteomics to investigate cysteine post-translational modifications and understand their role in regulating protein activity in vivo. Outside of the lab, Julia has a particular interest in learning about breast cancer biology and treatments and hopes to pursue this in her future career. At 26 she was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer and was found to have a BRCA1 mutation. During her own cancer treatments, her mom was also diagnosed with breast cancer and her two sisters with a BRCA1 mutation. She is an advocate within the breast cancer community and is passionate about sharing educational breast cancer content on her blog, Breast Cancer Blessings. In her free time you can find her doing yoga, walking in nature, or cuddling with her dog, Newt!