Seminar Series

The goal of the Wells Brain Tumor Center Seminar Series is to bring together the interdisciplinary UF research communities to discuss and address contemporary issues in neuro-oncology and immunotherapy. The platform is designed to provide faculty and students the opportunity to hear from leading researchers and to foster discussion and collaboration.

Format: Every month, seminar attendees will hear on a weekly rotation: i) Laboratory presentation, ii) Journal club discussion, iii) External guest speaker lecture, and iv) Book club discussion.

When: Fridays; 12:00-1:00pm EST

Where: Zoom (link provided by email)

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Bergeron at 352-294-8538 or

Spring 2022 Schedule

Dates Host Speaker/author forum talk title
4/8/2022 Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos, PhD Angelie Rivera Rodriguez, PhD, University of Florida Lab presentation Therapeutic Efficacy of Adoptively Transferred T Cells Labeled with Optimized Magnetic Particle Imaging Tracer
4/15/2022 Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos, PhD Hayden Good, PhD candidate, University of Florida Journal Club Tomographic magnetic particle imaging of cancer targeted nanoparticles
4/22/2022 Christina Von Roemeling, PhD Amy Lam, PhD, ClearLight Biotechnologies Guest speaker Tissue Clearing, 3D IHC, and Imaging with ClearLight Biotechnologies
4/29/2022 Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos, PhD Israt Alam, PhD, Stanford University Guest speaker Imaging T cell activation markers using immunoPET
5/6/2022 Gregory Sawyer, PhD Gregory Sawyer, PhD, University of Florida Lab presentation iVITA: in Vitro ImmunoTherapy Assays
5/13/2022 Michalina Janiszewska, PhD Michalina Janiszewska, PhD, University of Florida Lab presentation Mapping tumor heterogeneity in glioblastoma
5/20/2022 Gregory Sawyer, PhD Duy Nguyen, PhD Journal Club Engineering T cells to enhance 3D migration through structurally and mechanically complex tumor microenvironments

Summer 2022 Schedule

6/3/2022 Paul Castillo, MD Paul Castillo, MD, University of Florida Lab presentation Sensitizing surface antigen negative tumors to CAR T cells using RNA-NP vaccine
6/10/2022 Wells Brain Tumor Center Shirzad Chamine Book club Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours
6/17/2022 Maryam Rahman, MD Mark Rosenblum, MD, Henry Ford Health System Guest speaker Neurosurgery’s Impact in Neuro-oncology — Lessons Learned Over 50 Years
6/24/2022 Jeffrey Harrison, PhD Jeffrey Harrison, PhD, University of Florida Lab presentation Glioma:myeloid cell interactions
7/8/2022 Jeffrey Harrison, PhD Gregory Takacs, University of Florida Journal Club Systemic Delivery of an Adjuvant CXCR4-CXCL12 Signaling Inhibitor Encapsulated in Synthetic Protein Nanoparticles for Glioma Immunotherapy
7/15/2022 Christina Von Roemeling, PhD Rajappa Kenchappa, PhD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Guest speaker Combination of Kinase Inhibitors to Treat Glioblastoma and Prevent Development of Tumor Resistance
7/29/2022 Matthew Sarkisian, PhD Matthew Sarkisian, PhD, University of Florida Lab presentation Primary cilia as a novel venues for promoting immunosuppression in GBM
8/5/2022 Loic Deleyrolle, PhD Nicole Golden, PhD, Nanostring Guest speaker Resolving Tissue Heterogeneity with Flexible, High-Plex Spatial Multiomics
8/12/2022 Elias Sayour, MD, PhD Jeff Li, PhD & Hannah Schuyler, Rosalind Guest speaker ROSALIND: the most advanced collaborative bioinformatics platform
8/19/2022 Matthew Sarkisian, PhD Joshua Breunig, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Guest Speaker Expanding the zoo and feature set of MADR brain tumor models
8/26/2022 Elias Sayour, MD, PhD Anna DeVries, University of Florida Lab Presentation Establishing the cross-talk mechanisms between innate and adaptive immunity following systemic mRNA vaccination

Fall 2022 Schedule

9/2/2022 David Tran, MD, PhD David Tran, MD, PhD, University of Florida Lab Presentation Novel Mechanisms of Action and Resistance in Tumor Treating Fields
9/9/2022 John Ligon, MD Rosendra Kaplan, MD, NCI Guest speaker Genetically Engineered Myeloid Cells (GEMys) to Rebalance Dysregulated Microenvironments
9/16/2022 David Tran, MD, PhD Son Le, PhD, University of Florida Lab Presentation Netzen – application of AI and network in biological problems
9/30/2022 Wells Brain Tumor Center Brian P. Moran & Michael Lennington Book Club The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than others do in 12 Months
10/7/2022 Maryam Rahman, MD Alexandra Calinescu, MD, PhD, University of Florida Lab Presentation Regulatory networks of mesenchymal transformation in malignant glioma
10/14/2022 John Ligon, MD Sneha Ramakrishna, MD, Stanford University Guest speaker
10/21/2022 Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD Ranjan J. Perera, PhD, Johns Hopkins Guest speaker
10/28/2022 Loic Deleyrolle, PhD Dennis Watson, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Guest speaker Mitochondrial transfer from astrocytes enhances glioblastoma tumorigenicity
11/4/2022 Christina Von Roemeling, PhD Dereck Wainwright, PhD, Northwestern University Guest speaker Aging, immunotherapy, and glioblastoma in adults: Targeting the clock to improve survival
12/2/2022 Michalina Janiszewska, PhD Stephen Zorc, PhD Journal Club
12/8/2022 Bently Doonan, MD Bently Doonan, MD, University of Florida Lab Presentation
12/16/2022 Bently Doonan, MD ––