October 17, 2023 | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. | 3002 ECE Building
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The 2023 Cancer Center Annual Retreat is an important opportunity to learn about significant Cancer Center at Illinois advancements over the past year, hear examples of the amazing research happening on our campus, and explore the multiple opportunities available to all CCIL members in funding, shared resources and student support.

The event will feature updates from the CCIL Director and Program Leaders, progress on the new Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building, showcase the latest technologies available to benefit cancer research on our campus, and more! Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow.


Please note that the following agenda is tentative, and changes may be made closer to the date of the event.

 Time Topic Speaker(s)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Check-In/Registration and Lunch
1:00 – 1:05 p.m. Welcome Remarks Paul Hergenrother, Deputy Director
1:05 – 1:20 p.m. Director’s Overview Rohit Bhargava, Director
1:20 – 1:30 p.m. Translational Research Overview and Faculty Leadership Development Cohort Timothy Fan, Associate Director for Translation & Development
1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination Updates Zeynep Madak Erdogan, Associate Director for Education
1:40 – 1:50 p.m. Shared Resources Updates Joseph Irudayaraj, Associate Director for Shared Resources
1:50 – 2:10 p.m. Research Program Updates
2:10 – 2:30 p.m. Q&A with CCIL Leaders
2:30 – 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 – 3:10 p.m. Keynote: Nanotech + Biotech Convergence for Cancer: One Chemist’s Perspective Catherine Murphy, Interim Director, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
3:10 – 3:25 p.m. Cancer Center Research and Innovation Building Rohit Bhargava, Director
3:25 – 3:45 p.m. JumpStart Members’ Presentations
  • Wenyan Mei, Establishing the Animal Models and Organoid Culture Systems for Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Ruby Mendenhall, Designing a Third Reconstruction: Creating a Black Mental Wellness Ecosystem
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Working Group Presentations
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Seed Grant Recipient Presentations
  • Emad Tajkhorshid (2022 Recipient; CMD Program; Representative will present), Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Target Recycling Amplification
  • Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez (2022 Recipient; CDP Program), Versatile Redox Detection of A-Glycosylated Proteins in the Blood
  • Kim Selting (2021 Recipient; CDP Program), Quantitative Ultrasound for Detection of Lymph Node Metastasis for Oral Melanoma
4:45 – 4:55 p.m. CCIL Funding Opportunities Paul Hergenrother, Deputy Director
4:55 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Rohit Bhargava, Director
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception

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