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The work of the UChicago recruitement student organization was profiled in Nature: International journal of science

2018 Women's Board Ball

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CCB Students volunteer at Annual Women's Board Ball.  

Summer Fun 

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CCB Students attend boat tour over the summer. 

We are so Proud of Matthew Perez-Neut

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Matthew was mentioned in an article on the Naturejobs blog, along with other fellow UChicago grad students. You can view the article here.


Congratulations Jillian Rosenberg


Jillian, a second year student, is one of the recipients of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Jillian has published a first-author review paper in Current Opinion this year. Her research is characterizing T cell and NK cell interactions with tumor cells using Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy and single cell omics technologies.  Well done Jillian!

CCB Students Host Matthew Vander Heiden  

Students, Katrina Maxcy, Sravya Tumuluru, Maya Springer, Mathew Perez-Neut and Jessica Fessler host dinner with Professor Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD from MIT, as part of the CCB Seminar Series.

Congratulations Sriram Sundaravel


Sriram, a fourth year student, is one of the recipients of the 2017 National Cancer Institute's Predoctoral to Postdoctoral transition award (F99/K00). His proposal is titled “Leveraging epigenetic and epitranscriptomic aberrations in cancer to identify molecular targets for designing therapy.” During the Predoctoral phase of this award he will study how epigenetic deregulation of a signaling protein DOCK4 perturb normal functions of blood stem cells and promote myelodysplasia.  

Congratulations Hannah Brechka

On July 11, 2017 Hannah successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Homeobox Transcription Cofactors in Prostate Development and Tumor”.  Well done Hannah!

Congratulations Ashley Sample

On July 6, 2017 Ashley successfully defended her dissertation entitled " “Autophagy-Independent Regulation and Function of Adaptor Protein p62”.  Well Done Ashley!

Congratulations Dan Rabe

 On May 5, 2017 Dan successfully defended his dissertation entitled "The role of tumor-associated macrophages in triple-negative breast cancer invasion and metastasis".  Well done Dan!

Congratulations Tim Fessenden

On May 2, 2017 Tim successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "The Biophysical Basis of Collective Cell Invasion".  Following graduation Tim will begin post-doctoral fellowship at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.  He will bring his love of microscopy to the new lab of Dr. Stefani Spranger, where he will investigate how immune cells traffic to and interact with tumor cells.  Well done Tim!

Congratulations Alan Chang

On December 1, 2016 Alan successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "The CCL2 chemokine axis recruits regulatory T cells and myeloid-derived suppressor cells in glioblastoma multiforme".  Well done Alan!


Graduating Students from the Biomedical Sciences from left to right Erin Mowers, ISTP, Lauren Drake, MPMM, Marina Sharifi, ISTP, Michelle Beaton, CMMN and Aparajita Chourasia, CCB are picture with Kay Macleod, Chair, Committee on Cancer Biology.

Congratulations to Kyle Delaney

Kyle was awarded Honorable Mention for his application to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP).  Well done Kyle!

Congratulations to Lindsey Ludwig

Lindsey was selected as one of the recepients for the 2016 WICR Scholar Award.  She will present "Reulation of Immune Homestasis by Direct Activator BH3-Only Proteins." at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting April 16-20th in New Orleans.  

Congratulations to Ashley Sample

Ashley's poster, "The role of p62-dependent regulation of COX-2 in UVA Response and skin tumor prgression" won best abstract award at The Department of Medicine's 2016 Janet D. Rowley Research Day held on March 1, 2016.    

Congratulations to Aparajita Chourasia

On Thursday, February 25th Aparajita successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Tumor suppressive functions of BNIP3".  Well done Aparajita!

Congratulations to Daniel Leventhal

Daniel's paper, "Dendritic Cells Coordinate the Development and Homeostasis of Organ-Specific Regulatory T Cells" has been published in Immunity.

  •    Daniel S. Leventhal, Dana C. Gilmore, Julian M. Berger, Saki Nishi, Victoria Lee, Sven Malchow, Douglas E. Kline, Justin Kline, Donald J. Vander Griend, Haochu Huang, Nicholas D. Socci, Peter A. Savage. "Dendritic Cells Coordinate the Development and Homeostasis of Organ-Specifice Regulatory T Cells" Immuni.2016.01.025.

Congratulations to Daniel Leventhal

On Thursday, December 17th, Daniel Leventhal successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Regulating the Regulators: Elucidating the Biology of Organ-Specific Treg Cells." Upon graduation Daniel will be a staff scientist at Agenus in Boston.  Well Done, Daniel!

Douglas R. Lowy, M.D featured at the Cancer Biology Seminar Series.

On December 9th, Dr. Lowy, Director, National Cancer Institue was featured as part of the Cancer on Biology Seminar Series.  He presented "The HPV Vaccine:  FDA Approval was Only the Beginning".

Daniel Rabe's abstract accepted for presentation at the AACR Conference on Tumor Metastasis

4th year graduate student Daniel Rabe (Rosner Lab) abstract entitled "Metastasis suppressors regulate the tumor microenvironment by blocking recruitment of pro-metastatic tumor-associated macrophages" will be presented at the AACR Special Conference on Tumor Metastasis on December 1st.  

Congratulations to Aparajita Chourasia

Aparajita Chourasia was awarded the 2015-2016 Ehrman Award Fellowshi

Cancer Biology help fundraising efforts at the University of Chicago's Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCC).

Each year, CCB students help with the fundraising efforts at the University of Chicago's Comprehensive Cancer Center grand auction.  This year's theme was "Breakthrough Ball" and highlighted research breakthroughs that were aided by various fundraising events sponsored by the UCCC Woman's Board.

Congratulations to Hari Singhal

On Wednesday, November 4th, Hari Singhal successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Unexpected interplay of estrogen and progesterone receptors: new therapies for breast cancer." Upon graduation, Hari will start a postdoctoral position at Harvard.  Well done, Hari!

Congratulations to Sriram Sundaravel

Sriram's paper, "Reduced DOCK4 expression leads to erythroid dysplasia in myelodysplactic syndromes" has been published in Proc Natil Acad Sci USA.

Lindsey Ludwig and Maya Zafrir-Springer attended CABTRAC 2015

Maya and Lindsey attended and presented research posters during the 2015 CABTRAC held Sunday, October 25th through Tuesday, October 27th at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.