CDI / Georgetown – Postdoctoral Seminar Series

Architectural detail of Med-Dent Building

About the Series

Launched in 2020, this consortium-wide seminar series highlights research by our postdoctoral and clinical fellows.

2021-2022 Speakers

June 9, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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Jennifer Marks, MD

Mentor: Stephen V. Liu, MD



Title: “MET Exon 14 Skipping Mutation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) by Specific Mutation, Histology, and Smoking History”

Juntae Kwon, PhD

Mentor: Cecil Han, PhD





Title: “USP13 Overexpression Drives Lineage Plasticity in Lung Cancer Via Stabilizing MYC Protein”

May 26, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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Amir Arastehfar, PhD

Dr. David Perlin Lab



Title: “The Impact of Antifungal Drugs on the Intracellular Pathogenic Fungus Candida glabrata and the Influence of Drug Resistance on The Macrophage-Fungus Interaction”

Pradeep Ramalingam, PhD

Dr. Jason Butler Lab



Title: “Reactivation of DNA Damage Response Restores Blood Stem Cell Fitness During Aging”

December 2, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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Michael T. Serzan, MD

Mentor: Michael B. Atkins, MD



Title: “Renal Cell Carcinoma: Striking at the Root”

Guannan Wang, MD

Mentor: Nanette Bishopric, MD



Title: “The APOE4 Allele Aggravates Doxorubicin Cardiotoxicity in Mice”

November 16, 2021
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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Manpreet Bariana, PhD

Dr. Johannes Zakrzewski Lab

Title: “Targeting NF-κB in multiple myeloma with a small molecule inhibitor”

Jickky Sarathy, PhD

Dr. Thomas Dick Lab

Title: “Targeted protein degradation in mycobacteria”


2020-2021 Speakers

October 27, 2020

Megan Mitchell, PhD

Dr. Olivier Loudig Lab

Title: “Optimization of a versatile, high-purity exosome purification assay for biomarker discovery”

Dereje A. Negatu, PhD

Dr. Thomas Dick Lab

Title: “Human gut microbiota metabolite targets amino acid biosynthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis”

April 27, 2021

Kelly O’Neill, PhD

Dr. David Perlin Lab

Title: “Elucidating Molecular Heterogeneity Within the Glioblastoma Multiforme Tumor Microenvironment Using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI)”

Uday Ganapathy, PhD

Dr. Thomas Dick Lab

Title: “A Leucyl-tRNA Synthetase Inhibitor with Broad-Spectrum Anti-Mycobacterial Activity”

May 12, 2021

Randi Williams, PhD

Mentor: Kathryn Taylor, Ph.D. and Lucile Adams-Campbell, Ph.D.

Title: ”Multilevel Approaches to Address Cancer Disparities in the Clinical Context”

Shaymaa Bahnassy, PhD

Mentor: Rebecca B. Riggins, Ph.D.

Title: ”Subclonal Hypermutation as a Potential Mechanism of Drug Resistance in HER2+/ER+ Breast Cancer”