Community of Scholars Seminar Series

The goal of the Community of Scholars (COS) Seminar Series is to provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about topics addressing health disparities and clinical and translational research, which are central components of our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Attendees from all disciplines including medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and pharmacy are invited to attend.

Upcoming Seminar

On the Shoulders of Giants: A New Paradigm of Cancer Gene Therapy

Tim Cripe, MD, PhD, FAAP.

Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT Nationwide Children’s Hospital                                        Columbus, OH

February 28, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Dr. Cripe will review advances in cancer immunotherapies highlighting bispecific diabodies and antibodies and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells. He will also briefly review the field of AAV gene therapy for congenital genetic disorders, and then describe how the challenges of cancer immunotherapies can be addressed using AAV gene therapy technologies to achieve off-the-shelf therapies providing long-term therapeutic effects. In addition, he will describe his work to apply these technologies to target circulating tumor cells to prevent the development of metastases from solid tumors.

Past Seminars

December 6, 2022

Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD.
Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD

Director, Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology
Director, Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science
Director, Chen-Huang Center for EGFR Mutant Lung Cancers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Senior Physician, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“New Strategies for the Treatment of EGFR Mutant Non-small Cell Lung Cancer”


December 6, 2022

Yang Chai, DDS, PhD.
Michael F. Chiang, MD

Director, National Eye Institute

“Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in Medicine: What We Can Learn From Ophthalmology”


June 28, 2022

Yang Chai, DDS, PhD.
Yang Chai, DDS, PhD

University Professor 
George and Mary Lou Boone Chair in Craniofacial Biology
Director, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
Ostrow School of Dentistry
University of Southern California

“Mechanisms of Cranial Suture Regeneration in Mitigating Skull and Neurocognitive Defects in Craniosynostosis”

June 21, 2022

Wei-Zen Wei, PhD.
Wei-Zen Wei, PhD

Karmanos Cancer Institute
Wayne State University

“Find a Needle in a Haystack — Identify Cancer Regulatory Genes in Diversity Outbred (DO) F1 Mice”

June 7, 2022

Amina Zoubeidi, PhD.
Amina Zoubeidi, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Cancer Therapy Resistance
Professor, Dept. of Urologic Sciences
Faculty of Medicine University of British Columbia
Senior Scientist
Vancouver Prostate Centre

“Lineage Plasticity in Treatment Resistance Prostate Cancer”

November 16, 2021

David Degraff, PhD.
David DeGraff, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Experimental Pathology
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Pennsylvania State University

"Implications of Tumor Heterogeneity in Bladder Cancer on Immunotherapy"

September 27, 2021

Stephanie C. Hicks, PhD.
Stephanie C. Hicks, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

"Finding My Path to Genomic Data Science in Academia"

May 18,2021

Suzanne Conzen.
Suzanne Conzen, MD

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

"Stress Hormone Signaling in Cancer Biology: From Chromatin to Community"