Cancer & Microbes Workshop

September 17, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Beckman Institute (Room 5602)

The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) and the Illinois Microbial Systems Initiative (MSI) have formed a new partnership to promote enhanced collaboration at the interface of microbial sciences and cancer. The “Cancer and Microbes” strategic initiative will be a part of the CCIL Cancer Discovery Platforms Bridging the Engineering-Biology Continuum (CDP) Program.

The Cancer and Microbes Workshop is a one-day, inaugural event that will begin with group introductions in the format of lightning talks followed by roundtable discussions, providing opportunities to identify areas of synergy and potential collaborative partners on campus. From this interactive workshop, we will develop a vision to encompass the fundamental ideas generated by participants and build upon this foundation to foster creative and interdisciplinary approaches to diagnose and treat cancer.

This event is limited to Illinois faculty and will provide a forum to discuss research interests and establish the foundations for collaborative work in the area of Cancer and Microbes. 


Workshop Agenda

Welcome 8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Session 1: Lightning Talks

  • Dr. Beth Stadtmueller, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
  • Dr. Joseph Irudayaraj, Professor of Bioengineering
  • Dr. Jacob Allen, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health   
  • Dr. Taher Saif, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Sergei Maslov, Professor of Bioengineering
  • Dr. H. Rex Gaskins, Kelley Professor of Immunophysiology
  • Dr. Hua Wang, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Chris Gaulke, Assistant Professor of Pathobiology 
8:40 – 9:50 a.m
Coffee Break & Networking 10 – 10:25 a.m.

Session 2: Lightning Talks

  • Dr. Michael Spinella, Professor of Comparative Biosciences
  • Dr. Collin Kieffer, Assistant Professor of Microbiology
  • Dr. Erik Nelson, Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology 
  • Dr. Charu Kumar, Research Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
  • Dr. Bo Wang, Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences
  • Dr. Mohammed El-Kebir, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Dr. Shulei Wang, Assistant Professor of Statistics
  • Dr. Shannon Sirk, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
  • Dr. Sayee Anakk, Associate Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology 
10:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Lunch Break 12 – 12:55 p.m.
Session 3: Roundtable Discussions 1 – 2:25 p.m.
Closing Remarks 2:30 p.m.