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CHGPM’s Virtual Seminar Series January ’22

January 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please Join Us for our January Virtual Seminar!

Monday, January 24th12 – 1 pm.  Dr. Akin Ojesina will be presenting, “Of Bugs and Crabs: Interplay of Microbial Influences and Genomic Alterations in Cancer”

About Dr. Ojesina:

Dr. Ojesina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an Associate Scientist in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Ojesina obtained his medical degree with Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1998. After a stint on the faculty at Ibadan, he obtained his PhD (Biological Sciences in Public Health) at Harvard University in 2007 with his dissertation focused on the molecular epidemiology of antiretroviral response, drug resistance and vertical transmission in HIV-1 infection. Thereafter, he did postdoctoral work in cancer genomics and pathogen discovery under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Meyerson at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. During this time, he and others in the lab developed computational and experimental methods for the identification of pathogens in next-generation sequencing data. He also led the first comprehensive analyses of exome, transcriptome and whole genome sequencing data from cervical carcinomas, leading to the identification of novel E322K mutations in the MAPK1 gene (for the first time in primary human cancers), as well as significantly high expression of genes adjacent to HPV viral integration sites. Dr. Ojesina is one of the leaders of the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Cervical Cancer Analysis Working Group, and he is the Principal Investigator of an Avon Foundation-funded study focused on the analysis of next-generation sequencing data to identify known and novel pathogens in breast cancer.

Future seminar information will be emailed to our group list and will be posted on our website, chgpm.wisc.edu.

To become a member of our email list, please email info_chgpm@wisc.edu.

For further questions, please contact our seminar series email at seminar@chgpm.wisc.edu.


January 24, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine