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NCI Emerging Technologies Seminar Series

NCI has established a new seminar series to highlight novel technologies being supported through NCI awards that could transform cancer research and clinical care. The seminar occurs at the end of every month on a Tuesday at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Register through the Event Registration Site.

Chia-Lin Wei, Ph.D.Tuesday, March 28th 2 - 3pm ET
Speaker: Chia-Lin Wei, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory
Moderator: Mariam Jamal-Hanjani, M.D., Ph.D., (Cancer Metastasis Lab) University College London
Title: Advancing Genomic Technologies for Insights into Extrachromosomal Circular DNA (ecDNA) Structures and Function

ecDNA, prevalent in primary cancers, is associated with aggressive tumor phenotype and poor patient outcome. Recent innovation in genomic technologies have been contributed in the understanding of its diversity and roles in promoting oncogenesis. We will discuss these developments and how these approaches can be used to study cancer genome structural variation, oncogenic regulation, and intratumoral heterogeneity.

Shana Kelley, Ph.D.Tuesday, April 18th 2 - 3pm ET
Speaker: Shana Kelley, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Title: TBA

At this seminar, Dr. Kelley will talk about a new device to isolate circulating tumor cells and classify their biochemical state.

Register through the Event Registration Site. For any questions, please contact Kelly Crotty ( If you are an individual with a disability who needs reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please contact the organizers at least five business days before the event so that we can discuss your accommodation request.

Past Seminars

David Hanauer, M.D., M.S.Tuesday, February 21st 2 - 3pm ET
Speaker: David Hanauer, M.D., M.S., University of Michigan
Moderator: Dana Rollison, Ph.D., Moffitt Cancer Center

At this seminar, Dr. Hanauer will describe EMERSE - the Electronic Medical Record Search Engine. EMERSE is a tool designed to help non-technical researchers access and make sense of free text (unstructured) notes from electronic health records (EHRs). It is fast and powerful and can help with a wide range of clinical research tasks including cohort identification, eligibility determination, data abstraction, and more.

Ning (Jenny) Jiang, Ph.D.Wednesday, January 25th 2 - 3pm ET
Speaker: Ning (Jenny) Jiang, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Michelle Krogsgaard, Ph.D., NYU School of Medicine

At this seminar, Dr. Jiang will discuss a newly developed technology on linking T cell antigen specificity to TCR sequences, gene expression, and phenotyping at a single cell level and in a high-throughput manner.

Zeynep Gümüş, Ph.D.Thursday, November 17th 12 - 1pm ET
Speaker: Zeynep Gümüş, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Moderator: Rachel Karchin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Development of a Visualization Approach to Enhance Cancer Moonshot Data

This was a joint seminar with the Cancer Moonshot Seminar Series and the DataViz + Cancer program. At this seminar, Dr. Gümüş talked about a user-friendly tool her group is developing to enable researchers of all computational skill levels to visually analyze and explore immune monitoring assay results.

Francisco (Paco) Robles, Ph.D.Tuesday, October 18th 2 – 3pm ET
Speaker: Francisco (Paco) Robles, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
Moderator: Milind Rajadhyasksha, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Simple and low-cost optical imaging tools for label-free molecular imaging and 3D microscopy and their application in biomedicine.

At this seminar, Dr. Robles discusses the work his team is leading to advance novel molecular and 3D optical imaging methods to overcome current clinical limitations in biomedicine ranging from hematology to cancer detection.

Dino Di Carlo, Ph.D.Tuesday, September 20th 2 – 3pm ET
Speaker: Dino Di Carlo, Ph.D., University of California – Los Angeles
Moderator: Jamie Spangler, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Lab on a particle technology for sorting viable single immune cells based on their function.

At this seminar, Dr. Di Carlo discusses the “lab on a particle” technology being developed in his lab to enable scalable selection of functional immune cells, driving next-generation cancer immunotherapeutic design.

Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, Ph.D.Tuesday, August 23rd 2 – 3pm ET
Speaker: Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Moderator: Anil Sood, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center

Placing mass spectrometry in the hands of medical professionals to help guide treatment decisions

At this seminar, Dr. Eberlin discusses a new technology called MasSpec Pen that can assess molecular predictors of disease state from tissue samples. She talks about how this tool can be used clinically for precision medicine-guided surgical resection.

Wendell Lim, Ph.D.Tuesday, July 26th 2 – 3pm EST
Speaker: Wendell Lim, Ph.D., University of California – San Francisco
Moderator: Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D., University of California – Los Angeles

Rethinking cancer targeting strategies: new synthetic sensors and circuits in the era of smart cell therapeutics

At this seminar, Dr. Lim discusses new methods in cancer -omics and synthetic biology that can lead to nuanced paradigms of tumor recognition. These immuno oncology strategies could more effectively address the complex challenges of treating cancer.