Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Department of Oncology

Joshua R. Heyza

"Novel insights into the use of ERCC1 as a biomarker for response to platinum-based chemotherapy in lung cancer"

Mentor: Stephan M. Patrick, Ph.D.

Friday, July 19, 2019

at 1:00 PM

2nd Floor Wertz Auditorium, Hudson-Webber Cancer Research Center


Congratulations Emily A. Teslow for successfully defending your PhD dissertation.

"Investigation of the role for methyl-CpG binding protein 2 variant MBD2_v2 in cancer stem cells and obesity-associated cancers"

Mentor: Aliccia Bollig-Fischer, Ph.D.


Karmanos Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Thursday, TBA

 4:30 p.m.
Location: 2nd Floor Wertz Auditorium


Congratulations Aamod S. Dekhne  for successfully defending your PhD dissertation.


Mentor: Larry H. Matherly, PhD


Congratulations Donovan Watza for successfully defending your PhD dissertation.


Mentor: Ann G Schwartz, PhD, MPH


Congratulations Joshua R. Heyza
2019 Leonard N. Simons Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarly Achievement


Congratulations to the following Cancer Biology Graduate Program Students for their outstanding achievement during the 9thAnnual Cancer Biology Research

Symposium held on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Oral Presentation Awards
1st Prize -
Patrick Rädler
2nd Prize - Jordan White

Poster Presentation Awards
1st Prize -
Ethan Brock
2nd Prize - Joshua Heyza
3rd Prize - Emily Teslow

People's Choice Award - Niko Moses


Congratulations Anthony Robert Guastella for successfully defending your PhD dissertation.

"Tryptophan metabolism in patient-derived brain tumors: In vitro and in vivo studies of the kynurenine pathway"

Mentor: Sandeep Mittal, MD, FRCSC, FACS


Congratulations Brooke N. McKnight for successfully defending your dissertation.

Utilizing immunoPET to measure tumor response to treatment in breast cancer

Mentor: Nerissa Viola, PhD








Congratulations Poster Prize Winners

Karmanos Cancer Institute 2018 Annual Molecular Therapeutics Research Symposium

FIRST PLACE: Allison Mitchell
FOXQ1 Interacts with the KMT2/MLL Core Complex to Promote Transcriptional Activation of the Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) Program

SECOND Place: Joshua Heyza
Mechanisms of Resistance to Interstrand Crosslinks with ERCC1 Deficiency

HDAC6 Regulates Chk1 Stability in Response to Ionizing Radiation-Induced DNA Damage

 Aamod Dekhne
Dual Targeting Mitochondrial and Cytosolic One-Carbon Metabolism with Novel 5-Substituted Pyrrolo[3,2-d]pyrimidine Antifolates


Congratulations Aamod Dekhne - NIH F30 Fellowship Award
2018 - 2019 F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows


Congratulations Asra N. Shaik
2018 Leonard N. Simons Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarly Achievement



CB7700 - Journal Club Fall 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. 
Location: Karmanos Cancer Institute Wertz Classroom
Student Presenting: 




CB7890 Seminar in Cancer Biology - Every Thursday - 2nd floor Wertz Auditorium


Pointers Evaluation Form


Congratulations Andrew S. Murray, PhD for successfully defending your dissertation.

"Identifying the role of the Type-II transmembrane serine protease TMPRSS13 in breast cancer"

 Mentor: Karin List, PhD




Congratulations Ethan Brock, Anthony Guastella and Asra Shaik - F31 Fellowships Recipients


Congratulations Larry Matherly, Ph.D. on the renewal of the Ruth L. Kirschenstein Research Training Grant (T32-CA009531), Wayne State University School of Medicine

Congratulations - Johnathan Diedrich

Inaugural Leonard N. Simons Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarly Achievement


Congratulations Jonathan Diedrich - Awarded a National Institute of Health F31 Fellowship

Ivory Dean, Ph.D. - Congratulations on representing the School of Medicine, Cancer Biology Graduate Program as the Student Commencement Speaker for the December 2014 Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, December 6, 2014.


2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate fellows represent the future of cancer research

Undergraduates complete 10-week research fellowship with Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Wayne State Students earn top spots in Karmanos research symposium poster contest 

Cancer Biology graduate students shine in annual reseach symposium 

Detroit Public Television - Discover the 'D' Series - Airing on Mondays @ 5:30 pm. Episode 1047. (Click the link for the page).
Featuring Wayne State University and highlighting the School of Medicine campus and the Cancer Biology
Graduate Program. See Dr. Matherly's lab and students Michael R. Wilson and Brittany Haynes in the documentary.