Parnassus Cancer Research Symposia

This series aims to enhance cohesion and collaboration between cancer researchers within the Parnassus Campus, as well as with other HDFCCC locations.

Valerie Yerger presenting at a symposium
poster session at UCSF symposium
audience participation
audience in large UCSF classroom

Images courtesy of Jordan Briscoe and Jeroen Roose.

1st Biannual 2023 Symposium Highlighting Cancer Research at Parnassus

Spatial Profiling to Dissect Cellular Networks Across Diseases
Monday, May 22, 2023 | 9:45 am - 4:30 pm
HSW 301, Parnassus Campus

Registration: Closed

We have reached capacity for this event, and registration is now closed. You may join the waitlist here (click "reserve a spot" and "join waitlist"). Thank you!


9:45 am Welcome
Alexis Combes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, UCSF
Session 1: Spatial Architecture of Cancer
10:00 am Building a Spatially Resolved Atlas of the Human Breast during Normal Homeostasis and Cancer
Kai Kessenbrock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry, UC Irvine
10:25 am CD8 T Cell Responses to Cancer Immunotherapy in Lymph Nodes
Matthew Spitzer, PhD, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery and Microbiology & Immunology, UCSF
10:50 am Spatially Organized Immune Hubs in Colon Cancer
Karin Pelka, PhD, Assistant Investigator, Gladstone Institutes; Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, UCSF
11:15 am Tissue Architecture Driven by Immune Cells
John Hickey, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University
11:40 am An Overview of Spatial Transcriptomics Technologies, Translational Challenges, and Future Developments
Eric Lubeck, PhD, Senior Scientist, Genentech
12:05 pm Lunch

Session 2: Analytical Methods for Spatial Omics

1:00 pm Computational Biology for Spatial Technologies
Angela Pisco, PhD, Director of Computational Biology, Insitro
1:25 pm Machine Learning Methods for Spatial Genomics Data
Barbara Engelhardt, PhD, Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes; Professor of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University
1:50 pm Integrating Histology Imaging Data and Spatial Transcriptomics using Graph Convolutional Network
Vivek Ramaswamy, MS, Software Engineer, Gladstone Institutes
2:15 pm Break

Session 3: Spatial Omics Decodes Cellular Network Across Tissues

2:40 pm Optimizing Spatial Transcriptomics to Study Neuroimmune Communication
Anna Molofsky, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
3:05 pm Shared Spatial Ontology Across Cancer, Pregnancy, and Tuberculosis
Michael Angelo, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Stanford University
3:30 pm Spatial Multi-omics to Study Anti-integrin Therapy in Ulcerative Colitis
Mike Kattah, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, UCSF
3:55 pm Spatial Single Cell Maps of the Human Intestine
Michael Snyder, PhD, Professor and Chair of Genetics, Stanford University
4:20 pm Happy Hour (Nursing Mezzanine)

Faculty Organizers and Chairs

Karin Pelka, PhD; Mike Kattah, MD, PhD; Alexis Combes, PhD; and Jeroen Roose, PhD

Event Sponsors

We are grateful to the following sponsors who supported this event:

10x Genomics  | NanoString  |  Vizgen

Zena Werb Memorial Symposium

Friday, October 6, 2023

Please save the date for an in-person and virtual symposium held in honor of our friend and colleague Zena Werb, PhD. More details will be announced soon.


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