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CHGPM’s Virtual Seminar Series January ’22

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

Please Join Us for our January Virtual Seminar!

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

About Dr. Ojesina:

Dr. Akinyemi I. 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. He obtained his medical degree with Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, received his PhD from Harvard University and completed his postdoctoral work in cancer genomics and pathogen discovery at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

The work in the Ojesina Oncopathogenomics Lab focuses on investigating tumors as an ecosystem in which microbes (viruses, bacteria, etc) synergize with genomic alterations to facilitate cancer. Dr. Ojesina is a leading expert in the genomics of infection-related cancers, and was one of the leaders of the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Cervical Cancer Analysis Working Group. Highlights of his contributions to the field include the identification of novel genomic drivers and putative therapeutic targets, comprehensive molecular classification of infection-related cancers, genomic characterization of oft-ignored atypical subsets of cervical cancer, and analyses of the tumor microbiome across multiple tumor types (Nature 2014;506:371, Nature 2017;543:378, Nature Genetics 2020;52:800, Cancers 2021;13:4551, npj Genomic Medicine 2021;6:82).

This research lies at the nexus of translational genomics, metatranscriptomics, integrative molecular epidemiology, precision oncology, virology, tumor microbiome, immunotherapy and global health, with the goal of facilitating the development of diagnostic biomarkers and predictive models for early detection, prevention and treatment of 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
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Center for Human Genomics and Precision Medicine
(608) 263-7866