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Wistar Trainee Research Symposium

Special Event
Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

The Wistar Institute Trainee Research Symposium is an all-day event showcasing the excellence and diversity of academic research in the Philadelphia area. The Symposium features an exciting speaker lineup, including a keynote address from Dr. Scott A. Waldman from Thomas Jefferson University, a special presentation from Dr. Italo Tempera of the Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center, and poster presentations by trainees from Wistar and other academic institutions in the Greater Philadelphia area.

All trainees who are interested in presenting their research to a wider audience are encouraged to submit abstracts for poster presentations. Wistar’s Trainee Association will select a few of the most exciting trainee abstract submissions to give brief talks at the Symposium. Awards will be given to the best poster presentations by postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students.

The Institute will host a reception at the end of the event to provide additional networking opportunities and foster collaborations within the Philadelphia research community.


This is a preliminary agenda. Please check back for updates closer to the symposium.

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM

    Check-In/On-Site Registration
    (includes coffee and bagels)

  • 9:00 – 9:15 AM


  • 9:15 – 10:00 AM

    Session 1

    • Simona Lombardi, Graduate Student, The Wistar Institute
      Targeting Fatty Acid Metabolism for CARM1-expressing Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

    • Nexelcom (Perkin Elmer) – Sponsor Presentation

    • Dr. Shilpa Sonti, Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Hospital of the Philadelphia (CHOP)
      Variant-to-gene Mapping at the Insomnia WDR90-PIGQ Locus Followed by Functional Follow-up Implicates rs3752495, As a Sleep Dysregulation Causal Variant
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM

    Poster Session 1

  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM

    Session 2

    • Tyler Yang, Research Assistant, Drexel University and The Wistar Institute
      CAR T Cell Exhaustion Kinetics are Biphasic and Associated With a Shift in Metabolism

    • Genscript – Sponsor Presentation

    • ThermoFisher – Sponsor Presentation
  • 11:45 – 12:30 PM

    Special Presentation

    Dr. Italo Tempera, Associate Director for Cancer Research Career Enhancement in the Ellen and Ronald Caplan Cancer Center, The Wistar Institute

  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM


  • 1:30 – 2:15 PM

    Session 3

    • Dr. Christopher Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Wistar Institute
      Regulation of EBNA1 by USP7 in Gastric Carcinoma

    • Daniel Kalamarides, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania
      Negative Behavioral States and Inhibitory Neurotransmission During Opioid Withdrawal

    • Connor Hill, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania and The Wistar Institute
      Establishing the Transcriptional Function of the Oncogenic NAB2-STAT6 Fusion Protein
  • 2:15 – 3:15 PM

    Poster Session 2

  • 3:15 – 4:15 PM

    Keynote Address

    Dr. Scott A. Waldman, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Professor of Medicine, Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Director, MD/PhD Program, Thomas Jefferson University

  • 4:15 – 6:00 PM


The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144