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Anderson Center for Cancer Research

To advance knowledge of cancer, improve treatments of the disease and find cures, scientists must understand the most basic principles that govern life, including how cells normally grow and divide, how they differentiate into various types of cells, how genes switch on and off and how the body’s immune system interacts with cancer.

Over the past few decades, significant progress has been made toward these goals, and cancer-related investigations at the university have grown to span a range of disciplines including cell and developmental biology, immunology, medical genetics, virology, dermatology, chemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics and the neurosciences. The approximately 30 laboratories in which cancer-related investigations are under way constitute fertile ground for the kinds of collaborations and cross-disciplinary approaches most likely to produce breakthroughs.

The Anderson Center for Cancer Research was established to encourage and support such collaborations and approaches. In addition to providing funding and infrastructure for promising cancer-related research — especially new interdisciplinary approaches — the center offers graduate and postdoctoral fellowships for individuals working at the leading edge of cancer research. The center also seeks to intensify intellectual synergy among cancer investigators on campus and beyond Rockefeller’s gates.

Anderson Center Symposia

2017 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 8, 2017
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Leonid Timashev, Graduate Fellow
de Lange Laboratory, The Rockefeller University
2:05 – 2:15 p.m.
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Rick Lifton, President, The Rockefeller University
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Growth Regulation by the mTOR Pathway
David Sabatini
MIT/Whitehead Institute/Broad Institute
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Deep Imaging of the Genome
Tom Misteli
National Cancer Institute
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Tea/Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
BRCA2 Suppresses Replication Stress Manifested in Subsequent Cell Cycle Stages
Maria Jasin
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
4.45 – 5:30 p.m.
Signatures of Mutational Processes
Mike Stratton
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
2016 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 16, 2016
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Roos Karssemeijer, Graduate Fellow
de Lange Laboratory, The Rockefeller University
2:05 – 2:15 p.m.
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Rick Lifton, President, The Rockefeller University
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Transcription Meets Replication: Dangerous Crosstalk in the Genome
Karlene Cimprich
Stanford University
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
TBD
Levi Garraway
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Tea/Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Reconstitution of chromosome replication
John Diffley
The Francis Crick Institute, London
4.45 – 5:30 p.m.
Centromeres, aneuploidy and tumorigenesis
Don Cleveland
University of California at San Diego, Ludwig Cancer Institute
2015 Anderson Cancer Symposium – Friday, September 18, 2015
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Roos Karssemeijer
Graduate Fellow, de Lange Laboratory
The Rockefeller University
2:05–2:50 p.m.
Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale with Single-Molecule and Super-Resolution Imaging
Xiaowei Zhuang
Harvard University, Boston
2:50–3:35 p.m.
Genome Editing Technologies for Cancer Research
Feng Zhang
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge
3:35–3:50 p.m.
Tea / Coffee Break
3:50–4:00 p.m.
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Michael Young
Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Rockefeller University
4:00–4:45 p.m.
Topological Associated Chromosomal Domains and Genomic Rearrangements
Fred Alt
Immune Disease Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston
4:45–5:30 p.m.
Cancer Stem Cells and Malignant Progression
Robert Weinberg
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge
Sponsored by the Anderson Center for Cancer Research
2013 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 27, 2013
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Shaheen Kabir, Graduate Fellow, de Lange Laboratory
The Rockefeller University
 
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Titia de Lange,
Director, Anderson Center for Cancer Research
The Rockefeller University
2:10–2:55 p.m.
Globally Monitoring Translation One Codon at a Time through Ribosome Profiling
Jonathan Weissman
University of California, San Francisco
2:55–3:40 p.m.
The Consequences of Aneuploidy
Angelika Amon
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3:40–4:00 p.m.
Tea / Coffee Break
4:00–4:45 p.m.
Seeing and Understanding the Functions of Tumor Suppressors, BRCA2 and RAD51 Paralogs, in Chromosome Maintenance
Stephen Kowalczykowski
University of California, Davis
4:45–5:30 p.m.
Lung Cancer Progression and Treatment
Tyler Jacks
Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 7, 2012
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Aakanksha Singhvi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Shaham Laboratory
The Rockefeller University
 
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, The Rockefeller University
2:10–2:55 p.m.
The von Hippel-Lindau Tumor Suppressor: Insights into Oxygen Sensing and Cancer Metabolism
William Kaelin
Harvard Medical School and Associate Director, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
2:55–3:40 p.m.
Axis of Aging and Cancer
Ronald DePinho, President
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
3:40–3:55 p.m.
Coffee / Tea Break
3:55–4:40 p.m.
Centrosomes, Cilia and Cell Signaling
Tim Stearns
Stanford University
4:40–5:25 p.m.
Transcriptional Mechanisms Regulating Stem Cell Pluripotency and Differentiation
Robert Tjian
University of California at Berkeley and President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2011 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 9, 2011
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2:00–2:10 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Aakanksha Singhvi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Shaham Laboratory
The Rockefeller University
 
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President
The Rockefeller University
2:10–2:55 p.m.
Bioorthogonal Chemistries for Glycoprofiling and Beyond,
Carolyn Bertozzi
University of California, Berkeley
2:55–3:40 p.m.
Chaperonin-mediated Protein Folding
Arthur Horwich
Yale University
3:40–3:55 p.m.
Coffee / Tea Break
3:55–4:40 p.m.
Cargo Protein Sorting and Vesicular Traffic from the ER
Randy Schekman
University of California, Berkeley
4:40–5:25 p.m.
Sirtuins, Aging and Disease
Leonard Guarente
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2010 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 24, 2010
10:30-12:30 p.m.
Poster session
2:00 p.m.
Welcoming remarks
Lisa Postow, Rockefeller University
 
Presentation of poster awards
Paul Nurse, President
The Rockefeller University
2:10-2:55 p.m.
How does cytotoxic chemotherapy really work? Lessons from anti-mitotic drugs
Timothy Mitchison
Harvard Medical School
2:55-3:40 p.m.
Genetic mining of the cancer genome
Stephen Elledge
Harvard Medical School
3:40-3:55 p.m.
Coffee/tea break
3:55-4:40 p.m.
Grabbing the cat by the tail:Discrete steps by a DNA packaging motor and the inter-subunit coordination in a ring ATPase
Carlos Bustamante
University of California, Berkeley
4:40-5:25 p.m.
Synthesis at the interface of chemistry and biology:
From stem cells to the genetic code
Peter Schultz
The Scripps Research Institute
2009 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 11, 2009
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2:00 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Alexander Kelly
Postdoctoral Fellow, Funabiki Laboratory,
The Rockefeller University
 
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Paul Nurse, President
The Rockefeller University
2:05-2:50 p.m.
Activation of the Initiation of DNA Replication by Protein Kinases
Bruce Stillman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2:50-3:35 p.m.
Structural Mechanisms in Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Activation
John Kuriyan
University of California, Berkeley
3:35-3:50 p.m.
Coffee/Tea Break
3:50-4:35 p.m.
Molecular Basis of Cytokinesis
Thomas Pollard
Yale University
4:35-5:20 p.m.
Genes and Cells that Can Extend the Lifespan of C. Elegans
Cynthia Kenyon
University of California, San Francisco
2008 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 12, 2008
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Poster Session
2:00 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Alexander Kelly, Postdoctoral Fellow, Funabiki Laboratory,
The Rockefeller University
 
Presentation of the Poster Awards
Paul Nurse, President
The Rockefeller University
2:05-2:50 p.m.
Input and Response in the Wnt Signaling Pathway
Marc Kirschner
Harvard University
2:50-3:35 p.m.
HSF and the Balancing Act between Neurodegeneration and Cancer
Susan Lindquist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3:35-3:50 p.m.
Coffee/Tea Break
3:50-4:35 p.m.
Defects in DNA Repair and Links to Human Disease
Stephen West
Cancer Research UK
4:35-5:20 p.m.
The Cohesin Ring Cycle: How Cells First Build and then Break Sister Chromatid Cohesion during Mitosis and Meiosis
Kim Nasmyth
University of Oxford
2007 Anderson Cancer Symposium – September 14, 2007
11:00am-1:15pm
Poster Session & Lunch
2:00pm
Welcoming Remarks
Alexander Kelly, Postdoctoral Scholar, Funabiki Laboratory
The Rockefeller University
2:05-2:50pm
Genetic and Genomic Analysis of the Gene Pathways that Mediate the C. Elegans Tiny RNA World
Gary Ruvkun
Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital
2:50-3:35pm
MicroRNAs as Oncogenes and Tumor Supressors
Scott Hammond
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3:35-3:50pm
Coffee/Tea Break
3:50-4:35pm
Genetic Approaches to Identify Cancerous mRNAs
Reuven Agami
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
4:35-5:20pm
An RNA Amplification Loop Required for Heterochromatin Formation
Danesh Moazed
Harvard Medical School