Group 3G: Epigenetics, Treatment Resistance

Thursday, Sept 15
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #1: 

Determining the Mechanism of Action of 8430, a Novel Inhibitor of Metastasis

Poster author Stephen C. Purdy will attend this session

Poster #2:

The Effect Of Semaphorin 7a On Breast Cancer Metastasis and Chemoresistance

Poster author Kelsey Kines, M.D./Ph.D. Candidate will attend this session

Mentor: Terri Shipp, M.S.

Terri Shipp shares a passion for science and the education of women affected by breast cancer.  She was personally affected by the disease as a young woman and 12 years later was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.  She holds a master’s degree in science in the field of electrical engineering and has actively attended many conferences and seminars on breast cancer.

She graduated in 2022 from Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s (LBBC) Hear My Voice Metastatic Advocacy Program and the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD Program.  She also supports METAvivor’s Michigan #LightUpMBC and the Stage IV Stampede teams.

In 2021, she became an advocate for GRASP and has participated in multiple poster reviews with the authors of various scientific studies.  This year, she moved to the mentor advocate roll. She is excited to be a part of these program.

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!