Northeast Physical Sciences in Oncology Symposium

The 1st Northeast Physical Sciences in Oncology Symposium at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will be held as part of the NCI’s Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON) initiative in collaboration with Columbia University, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The PS-ON was started by the NCI as a way to integrate the physical sciences into cancer research by encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research including disciplines such as mathematics, computational biology, physics and others. More information can be found at: In the spirit of this initiative, we are organizing an annual symposium series where different aspects of cancer research will be examined from multiple perspectives with a focus on different cancer-related research areas.  Ticket are free but registration is required at this link.

This Symposium will center on three different topics and sessions:

  1. Cancer Genomics and Evolution – chaired by Dr. Rabadan
  2. Cell migration and Invasion – chaired by Drs. Fredberg and Kamm
  3. Computational Methods and Algorithms – chaired by Dr. Michor

Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute’s Physical Sciences Oncology Network.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeffrey Fredberg, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Peter Friedl, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Eric Holland, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Roger Kamm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Doug Lauffenburger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tanmay Lele, University of Florida

Herbert Levine, Rice University

Franziska Michor, Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute

Kornelia Polyak, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Vito Quaranta, Vanderbilt University Medical School

Raul Rabadan, Columbia University, New York

David Scadden, Massachusetts General Hospital

Catherine Wu, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Poster Session:

We invite students and postdocs to present their work on novel methods and approaches relevant to the session topics. A broad range of contributions from cancer genomics, cell migration, mathematical modeling, or other relevant biomedical fields will be evaluated. Students and postdocs working on session relevant topics are particularly encouraged to participate. Please submit posters to for consideration.


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