Organized by Russell Rockne, Ph.D., and Sergio Branciamore Ph.D., supported by the Division of Mathematical Oncology and Computational Systems Biology, this seminar series highlights the unique contributions of mathematics to multidisciplinary cancer research.
For more information about the series — or if you are interested in attending or participating in a future seminar — please contact Russell Rockne, Ph.D., at [email protected].

Upcoming Seminars

May 16,2024
Dr. Jennifer L. Wilson, Assistant Professor at the UCLA Department of Bioengineering.
“Learning novel therapeutic target effects in ALS, neurodegeneration, using observational studies”

May 23,2024
Kwadwo (Kojo) Bonsu Ph.D., Candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 
“Elucidating the Mechanistic Impact of Epigenetic Drift via Mathematical Modeling & Bioinformatic Analyses.”

May 30,2024
Eric J. Deeds Ph.D.   Full Professor of Integrative Biology and Physiology at University of California, Los Angeles
“A lack of distinct cellular identities in scRNA-seq data: revisiting Waddington’s landscape.”

July 18, 2024
John Desjarlais Ph.D.  Chief Scientific Officer of Xencor
“Guiding the optimization of long-acting cytokines and bispecific antibodies with mathematical modeling,”

Past speakers and topics

April 18, 2024
Yiwei Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics, University of California, Riverside
"Energetic Variational Approaches for Active Complex Fluids."

February 29, 2024
Conor C. Lynch, Ph.D., Chair & Senior Member
Department of Tumor Microenvironment & Metastasis Moffitt Cancer Center
"Bad to the bone - How malignancies establish and progress in the skeletal microenvironment"

October 26, 2023
Jason George, Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering Medicine, Texas A&M University
"Biophysical and stochastic modeling of the tumor-immune interaction: Toward optimal adaptive therapy"

October 19, 2023
Mohit Kumar Jolly, Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
“What does not kill cancer makes it stronger – Dynamical mechanistic modeling of drug-induced cell-state switching”

April 6, 2023
Padmini Rangamani, Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California
"Biophysical modeling of YAP/TAZ dynamics for mechanotransduction"
Leading Edge Lecture (LEL) Seminar Series speaker

December 8, 2022
Giulia Palermo, Associate Professor
"Dynamics and mechanisms of CRISPR-CAS9 through the lens of computational methods"

November 1, 2022
Clemens Grassberger, Assistant Professor
"Integrating Radiotherapy With Targeted Agents - Mechanistic Models to learn From Patient Data"

October 20, 2022
Noemi Andor, Assistant Member

Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
"Characterizing Cytotoxic Therapy Induced Shifts in the Cost-to-Benefit Ratio of High Ploidy"

September 29, 2022
Ivy Xiong, Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
“A Common Pathway to Cancer: Oncogenic Mutations Abolish p53 Oscillations”

September 15, 2022
David Basanta, Senior Member
Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa Florida
“Ecology and Evolution of Cancer”

January 7, 2021
Renee Brady, Applied Research Scientist
Enderling Laboratory, Department of Integrative Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

December 17, 2020
Chengyue Wu, Postdoctoral fellow
The Center for Computational Oncology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
“Patient-Specific Optimization of Drug Injection Protocols for Breast Cancer Based on Image-Based Fluid Dynamics Simulation”

December 3, 2020
Orly Alter, USTAR Associate Professor of Bioengineering & Human Genetics
The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and the Huntsman Cancer Center at the University of Utah
“Multi-Tensor Decompositions for Personalized Cancer Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Therapeutics in the Clinic”

February 26, 2020
Kimberly Luddy
Gatenby Lab, Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida 
"Ecology and Evolution in Cancer Immunology Research"

January 10, 2020
Grant Schissler, Assistant Professor
Mathematics and Statistics, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
“Bespoke Computational Oncology: How to Conduct Statistical Inference When Conventional Methods Fail”

November 18, 2019
Adam MacLean, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Quantitative and Computational Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
"Inferring the Dynamics of Hematopoiesis From Single-Cell Data"

November 5, 2019
Justin Lathia, Vice Chair, Associate Staff
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio
“Targeting Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells”

October 23, 2019
Ed Stites, Assistant Professor
Integrative Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute, San Diego, California
“A Systems Mechanism for KRAS Mutant Allele-Specific Responses to Target Therapy”

April 1, 2019
Robert Rovetti, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics
Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California 
"Four Roads to Understanding Spatio-Temporal Calcium Dynamics in Cardiac Myocytes"

March 18, 2019
Tom Yankeelov, Ph.D., Professor, W. A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences IV
Computational Oncology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
"Linking Multi-Scale Imaging With Multi-Scale Modeling to Predict the Response of Tumors to Therapy"

October 12, 2018
Heiko Enderling, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director for Education and Outreach Integrated Mathematical Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
“Quantitative Personalized Oncology From Individualized Screening to Patient-Specific Treatment”

June 6, 2018
Heyrim Cho, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
“Modeling Continuous Levels of Resistance to Combination Therapy in Cancer”

March 22, 2018:
Jennifer Munson,Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences Department of Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
"Interstitial Fluid Flow in the Brain Tumor Micro-Environment"

March 15, 2018:
Andrea Sottoriva, Ph.D., Chris Rokos Fellow in Evolution and Cancer
Centre for Evolution and Cancer, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, England, U.K.
"Measuring and Predicting Cancer Evolution in Individual Patients Using Genomic Data"

January 10, 2018: 
Gary An, M.D. Professor of Surgery
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
“No Small Goals: Agent-Based Modeling to Address the Crisis of Reproducibility, the Translational Dilemma and Personalized Medicine”

December 8, 2017:
Mark Alber, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
University of California Riverside, Riverside, California
“Coupled Multi-Scale Modeling and Experimental Study of Blood Clotting and Ovarian Cancer”

October 9, 2017: 
Philippe Buechler, Ph.D. Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
“In-Vivo Tests for Personalized Biomechanical Simulations”

November 4, 2016:
Hermann B. Frieboes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering and James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
"Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Nanotherapy to Target the Tumor Micro-Environment"

November 3, 2016:
Paul Macklin, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor
Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
"3-D Simulation Tools for Multicellular Systems Biology, Cancer Research, and Engineering"

September 30, 2016:
Stacey D. Finley, Gabilan, Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
"Applying Computational Systems Biology to Predict Signaling Pathways in Cancer "

July 12, 2016:
Kyle Singleton, Ph.D.
"Assessing Predictive Disease Model Transportability through Lung and Brain Cancer Cohort Simulation"

April 15, 2016:
Matthew Simpson, Ph.D.
"Understanding and Improving Reproducibility of Cell Migration Experiments: A Combined Experimental and Mathematical Modeling Approach"

March 30, 2016:
Sorena Nadaf, M.S.
"New Era of Digital Health Innovation and Computational Sciences at the City of Hope"

February 2016:
Kathleen (Kit) Todd, Ph.D.
"Biological vs. Chronological Aging: A Biomathematical Study of Barrett’s Esophagus"

January 2016:
Srisairam Achuthan, Ph.D.
"SPIRIT-ML:  A Machine Learning Platform for Deriving Knowledge From Structured Biomedical Datasets”

December 17, 2015:
Chandler Gatenbee, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
"Modeling the Spatiotemporal Evolution of Immune Escape Strategies Using Evolutionary Game Theory"

December 2015:
Russell Rockne, Ph.D.
“Mathematical Oncology at City of Hope"

November 2015:
Joyce Niland, Ph.D.
“Research Informatics at City of Hope"

Weizhong Zhu, Ph.D.
"Natural Language Processing Case Studies for Clinical and Translational Research Using COH HER"