Looking Beyond DNA to See Cancer with New Clarity

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) and Stand Up To Cancer
students, staff, faculty, alumni, local science community

The Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) and Stand Up To Cancer present “Looking Beyond DNA to See Cancer with New Clarity,” a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific time).

Moderated by Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, the panel will feature a trio of papers recently published in Science by researchers at UC San Francisco and UC San Diego as part of the Cancer Cell Map Initiative (CCMI). This research, led by Nevan Krogan and Trey Ideker, looks at breast cancer and cancers of the head and neck through the lens of proteins by mapping out hundreds of mutations involved in the cancers and their effect on protein activity. This innovative approach to cancer research allowed them to identify new, less harmful precision cancer treatments.

This panel discussion will highlight this work and the innovative approaches to cancer research the CCMI has been able to achieve through collaboration.


  • Nevan Krogan: Director of QBI · Professor of Cellular Molecular Pharmacology, UCSF · Codirector of CCMI
  • Trey Ideker: Director of the National Resource for Network Biology · Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering, UC San Diego · Codirector of CCMI


  • Elizabeth Blackburn: Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF · Vice Chair of Stand Up To Cancer Scientific Advisory Committee · Nobel Laureate

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