Meet-the-Expert Lunch • Nov. 7, 2019

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
12:00–1:00 p.m.

*This program is organized by members of SITC’s Early Career Scientist Committee.

Program Purpose

The Meet-the-Expert Lunch will focus on unique issues related to early career scientist career development and will give the opportunity to attendees to interact with experts in key fields of immunotherapy. Information will be provided on different relevant topics in a setting that fosters attendee/expert interactions and provides networking opportunities with leaders in the field. Experts will answer questions and lead informal dialogue during a one-hour roundtable lunch to help provide guidance and direction.

Intended Audience

The audience for this educational program includes graduate, medical, and post-baccalaureate students; clinical fellows; post-doctoral fellows; tenure-track investigators, government employees, and scientists in general; and industry/pharma scientists and employees. Space for this event is limited and priority will be given to early career scientists.

Meet-the-Expert Lunch Organizers

  • Sarah E. Church, PhD – NanoString Technologies
  • Ravi Patel, MD, PhD – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jessica Thaxton, PhD, MSCR – Medical University of South Carolina
  • Dario A. A. Vignali, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
  • Spencer C. Wei, PhD – Spotlight Therapeutics

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Address most of their open questions and concerns on the selected topic
  • Make informed decisions about their career development and research projects
  • Establish connections with experts in their field of interest


  • Basic -Translational Research in Immunology
    • Anna Wu, PhD—City of Hope
    • Zihai Li, MD, PhD—The Ohio State University
  • Clinical -Translational Research in Immunology with Focus on Medical Students and Medical Residents
    • Joshua Brody, MD—Mount Sinai
  • Clinical -Translational Research in Immunology with Focus on Fellows and Early Career Clinicians
    • David McDermott, MD—Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Partnering and Collaborating with Industry
    • Lazslo Radvanyi, PhD – Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Networking: Gaining a Network and Leveraging Support
    • Trullia Bruno, PhD—University of Pittsburgh
  • Career Path: The Big Pharma Industry Perspective
    • Edward Cha, MD, PhD—Genentech
  • Career Path: The Small Biotech Industry Perspective
    • Thomas Dubensky, PhD—Tempest Therapeutics

Schedule At-a-Glance