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Two Immunobiology Graduate Students Awarded Yale Cancer Center Trainee Colloquium Research Excellence Prize Awards

May 28, 2021

Two Immunobiology Graduate Students were awarded this year's prestigious Yale Cancer Center Trainee Colloquium Research Excellence Prize Awards.

Camila Robles-Oteiza won for her proposal titled "A Hypoxia-Driven Transcriptional Program Characterizes Acquired Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Lung Cancer." Robles-Oteiza is a sixth year PhD Candidate in Immunobiology and conducts her research in the Laboratory of Dr. Katerina Politi, Associate Professor of Pathology, Co-Leader of Cancer Signaling Networks in the Yale Cancer Center and Scientific Director of Center for Thoracic Cancers.

Fourth year Immunobiology PhD student, Can Cui, was awarded the prize for her work entitled "Neoantigen-Driven B cell and CD4+ T Follicular Helper Cell Collaboration Promotes Robust Anti-Tumor CD8+ T Cell Responses." Her mentors are Dr. Nikhil Joshi, Assistant Professor of Immunobiology and Dr. Joseph Craft, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology), Professor of Immunobiology and Program Director of Investigative Medicine.

The Annual Yale Cancer Center Trainee Colloquium is a forum for Yale trainees to highlight their research, exchange ideas, and initiate collaborations. Applicants include MD, PhD, MD-PhD students, postdoctoral associates, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and clinical fellows engaging in cancer research. The colloquium includes predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the following four areas: 1) Basic Science Research and Bioinformatics, 2) Translational Research, 3) Clinical Research, 4) Population Science, Prevention and Outcomes Research.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Submitted by Caroline Lieber on May 28, 2021