Dr. Eddie Méndez Postdoctoral Symposium

Dr. Eddie Méndez Postdoctoral 2021 Symposium

Join Us At The Virtual Symposium

Join us at our virtual symposium and learn about the research projects of current Eddie Méndez Award Scholars. Award recipients are recognized as outstanding postdoctoral fellows who are conducting cancer, infectious disease or basic science research.

The program will be presented on Zoom and will feature presentations on immunology, virology, microbiome, basic science and translational cancer research.

The program is broken out into three sessions:

  • Monday, October 4 from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Tuesday, October 5  from noon to 1:35 pm
  • Tuesday, October 5 from 2:00 to 4 pm
Monday-Tuesday, October 04-05, 2021
Start Time:
10 a.m. PDT


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Scheduled Sessions

Session 1: Immunology, Virology and Microbiome Research — Monday, October 4

10:05 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.:    Jesús Romo | Tufts University  |  Effects of Candida species gastrointestinal colonization on Clostridioides difficile infection

10:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.:    Carlos Gonzalez | University of California, San Diego  |  Ulcerative colitis host-microbiome response to mucosal hyperoxia

11:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.:    Victor Cortez | University of California, San Francisco  |  Exploring Type 2 immune responses within the gut: from acute worm infection to long term intestinal remodeling

11:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.:    Giovanny Martinez-Colon | Stanford University  |  Understanding the role of natural killer cells in Mycobacterium tuberculosis recognition & clearance

12:05 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.:    Alex Guseman | University Pittsburgh  |  Developing Lectins as inhibitors of SARS-CoV2 Spike

Session 2: Basic Sciences Research — October 5

12:05 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.:   Valerie Tornini | Yale University  |  Big roles for tiny peptides in vertebrate neurodevelopment

12:35 p.m. -  1:05 p.m.:    David Castillo-Azofeifa | University of California, San Francisco  |  Diverse renewal strategies of epithelial stem cell

 1:05 p.m. -  1:35 p.m.:      Katia Troha | Salk Institute for Biological Studies  |  Physiological organ growth promotes physiological defense and cooperation in host-pathogen interactions

Session 3: Translational Cancer Research — October 5

 2:00 pm. -  2:30 p.m.:   Tikvah Hayes | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute  |  Systematic and functional characterization of HER family variants in lung cancer

 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.:   Gretchen Alicea | Johns Hopkins University  |  IGFBP2 levels promote melanoma aggressiveness and resistance in the aged microenvironment

 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.:   Alan Lombard | University of California, Davis  |  p21 Dependent Senescence is Bypassed through G2/M and Checkpoint override in PARP inhibitor resistant prostate cancer

 3:30 p.m. - 4: 00 p.m.:  Cathy Samayoa | San Franscisco State University  |  Elevated cortisol levels and abnormal stress reactivity among rural Latina breast cancer survivors: Nuevo Amanecer-II

About the Eddie Méndez Scholar Award

Dr. Eddie Méndez was a physician-scientist and cherished colleague at Fred Hutch who died of cancer in 2018 at age 45. An expert in head and neck cancers, Méndez was known for being passionate about developing new therapies to help prevent cancer treatment side effects and save his patients’ lives.

Méndez, a native of Puerto Rico, attended Princeton University and then obtained a medical degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore. He later came to University of Washington as a surgical resident, eventually spearheading minimally invasive robotic surgery for these tumors (he was the first in Washington state to perform such surgery.)

In 2019, Fred Hutch leadership created the Dr. Eddie Méndez Scholar Award to extend his commitment to supporting early-career scientists, particularly those from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. The award recognizes outstanding postdoctoral fellows from any discipline who are conducting cancer, infectious disease, or basic science research and individuals who are eligible are from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science based on the NIH definition.

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