Group 6F: Immunology; Exceptional Survivors



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



Poster #PD2-01

Local and lymphoid immune surveillance mechanisms in “exceptional survivors” of stage 4 cancers following standard of care chemo- and targeted therapies

Poster authors Sheeba Irshad, M.D. & Helen Kakkassery, Ph.D. Candidate will attend this session

Poster #GS5-06:

InteractPrint predicts clinically meaningful interactions between cancer epithelial cells and immune cells: Lessons from a single-cell breast cancer atlas

Poster author Lily Xu, M.D. Candidate is also the scientist for this session

Mentor: Cathy Knowles

My name is Cathy Knowles and I live in Pensacola Florida with my husband and two dogs. I was diagnosed de novo stage 4 with metastasis to my liver in January of 2017. I am ER+HER2+ and still on my first line of treatment. I retired in 2019 after spending most of my career as a research associate/lab manager in several basic biomedical research programs. In addition to acting as a mentor for GRASP, I am a peer mentor with Project Life, completed the Hear My Voice advocacy training program with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) in 2020 and am currently serving as a patient advocate reviewer with Metavivor. I am passionate about helping others learn about MBC.

Scientist: Lily Xu, M.D. Candidate

Lily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Physical Biology from Harvard University and is currently a medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. In the Chan lab, Lily’s current research has focused on using single-cell and spatial transcriptomics to study heterogeneity in breast cancer. She focuses on studying how heterogeneity influences immune responses in the tumor microenvironment, which will lead to the development of novel biomarker and therapeutic strategies in breast cancer. In her free time, you can find Lily hiking in nature, attempting various arts and crafts, and exploring new places to eat in Dallas!