Meet-the-Expert Lunch

Meet-the-Expert Lunch

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2024  | 12:20 p.m.–1:40 p.m. CST*  |  Additional Registration Required

  George R. Brown Convention Center – Level 3 – Meeting Room 332

Lunch will be provided to all participants. 

*Times and program schedule subject to change.

Program Organizers

Allison Betof Warner, MD, PhD

Stanford University School of Medicine

Praveen K. Bommareddy, PhD

Replimune Inc.

Youngseok Cho, PhD, PharmD

University of Michigan

Zachary A. Cooper, PhD

AstraZeneca 

Rongze O. Lu, PhD

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nicole E. Scharping, PhD

University of California, San Diego

Maria Zagorulya, BS

The Francis Crick Institute

Program Description

The Meet-the-Expert Lunch will focus on unique issues related to early career scientist career development and will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with experts in key areas of immunotherapy. The Meet-the-Expert Lunch will address 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 to help provide guidance and career advancement advice. 

Lunch will be provided to all participants. 

Target Audience

The audience for the Meet-the-Expert Lunch 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.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should 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

Table Topics

Bioinformatics and Big Data: Career Development
Riyue Bao, PhD – UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Alexander Lazar, MD, PhD – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Bioinformatics and Big Data: Harnessing Big Data to Inform Research and Clinical Trials 

Career Paths for Physician Scientists
Tina Cascone, MD, PhD – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Careers Outside Academia and Industry – Careers in Government FDA/NIH
James L. Gulley, MD, PhD, FACP – National Cancer Institute

Careers Outside Academia and Industry – Careers in Policy, Advocacy and Non-Profit Organizations
John E. Connolly, PhD – Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

Clinical Trials: Building Bridges to Bring Research from the Bench to the Bedside  

Collaborating with Industry
Greg M. Delgoffe, PhD University of Pittsburgh

Finding the Right Mentor, Sponsor or Advocate
Kristin G. Anderson, PhD – University of Virginia
Michael T. Lotze, MD, FACS – University of Pittsburgh

How to Navigate a Clinical Trainee to a Clinical Investigator Position
Allison Betof Warner, MD, PhD – Stanford University School of Medicine
Genevieve M. Boland, MD, PhD – Massachusetts General Hospital

How to Navigate the Postdoc to PI Transition (Table 1)
Yu L. Lei, PhD, DDS – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Abigail E. Overacre-Delgoffe, PhD – University of Pittsburgh

How to Navigate the Postdoc to PI Transition (Table 2)
Jennifer L. Guerriero, PhD – Brigham and Women's Hospital
Marco Ruella, MD – University of Pennsylvania 

Industry: Building Your Career in Industry (Big Pharma) (Table 1)
Ezo Gruyters, PhD – AstraZeneca

Industry: Building Your Career in Industry (Big Pharma) (Table 2)
Kristen M. Hege, MD

Industry: Building Your Career in Industry (Startup and Midsize Pharma)
Praveen K. Bommareddy, PhD Replimune Inc.

Navigating a Career in Academia: Grants and Collaborations
Samantha Guild – AIM at Melanoma Foundation
Dario A.A. Vignali, PhD  University of Pittsburg

Setting Up a Successful Biotech (Midsize Pharma and Small Startups)
Rachel W. Humphrey, MD Normunity, Inc.
Zhen Su, MD, MBA  Marengo Therapeutics

Translational Research: Human Samples to Lab and Back to the Clinic
Lorenzo Galluzzi, PhD Weill Cornell Medicine
Cara Haymaker, PhD – The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Translational Research: Mice to Humans
Tullia C. Bruno, PhD – University of Pittsburgh
E. John Wherry, PhD – University of Pennsylvania

 

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