In anticipation of a new Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research website, the members of the Hale Center gather for a photoshoot. Photo credit: Samuel Ogden
Pictures from the second annual Mancias Lab Holiday Party. Above: Dinner at Myers and Chang. Below: After our attempt at 'Escape the Room'...we'll leave you in suspense as to whether we made it out or not. All pictures: Ugly Sweater Competition in full effect!
We are excited for Qijia Yu to join us in the lab as the newest post-doctoral fellow! Qi just completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in the lab of Dr. Nicholas Ktistakis at the Babraham Institute. Qi was awarded a prestigious Cambridge International Scholarship from University of Cambridge in order to complete his doctoral work there. As a graduate student, Qi worked on identifying novel regulators of autophagosome formation via genome-wide siRNA screens followed by validation using a combination of genome editing and live cell imaging techniques. Qi will be working on projects related to NCOA4 and cellular iron homeostasis as well as a new project for the lab on the interaction between ionizing radiation and antigen presentation.
We welcome to the newest member of the lab, Ajami Gikandi! Ajami will be working as a Research Technician in order to support our ongoing work on pancreatic cancer. Ajami recently graduated from Connecticut College with a major in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology where he was also a star soccer player, winning the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award and earning NESAC All-Academic Team honors. His most recent lab experience was interning in the lab of Dr. Elda Grabocka at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University where he assisted in work in the Grabocka lab on the role of stress adaptation mechanisms in RAS-driven cancers. Welcome Ajami!
Aditya Jain joins the lab for a summer undergraduate research fellowship! Aditya just completed high school at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. During high school Aditya began his research career in earnest studying important aspects of lung cancer and immunotherapy. His work on small cell lung cancer with Dr. Tim Mitin at OHSU was published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology and the Lung Cancer Journal. Aditya will begin his freshman year at Boston University this September as a Trustee Scholar. His long-term goal is to become a physician-scientist after completing a MD-PhD program. Welcome to the lab!
Work from the group of Dr. Jennifer Tseng (then at BIDMC and now the new chief of surgery at Boston Medical Center) shows that stereotactic body radiotherapy could be a promising treatment option for patients with unresected pancreatic cancer. This study was published in the journal Cancer. Dr. Mancias is glad to be part of this work and support further research into new therapies for pancreatic cancer as part of the Pancreas and Biliary Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center. To the left: survival curve of various treatment options for patients with unresected pancreatic cancer. Below: example stereotactic body radiation therapy treatment plan. Read more about the study here.