MIPS Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford

2015 Nanobiotechnology Seminar Series

Calendars and Scheduling

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Seminar & Discussion 5:30 - 6:30 pm (otherwise noted below)
Reception 6:30 - 6:50 pm (otherwise noted below)
Seminars will be held in Clark Auditorium, Munzer Auditorium, Li Ka Shing Learning Center, or Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) Freidenrich Auditorium

Jan 8, 2015
Munzer Auditorium

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Jeffrey Chalmers, PhD
Dept of Chem & Biomole Eng
Ohio State

Separation/Isolation of rare cells, including circulating tumor cells, in patient blood: It is not the same as spiking cancer cells into normal blood!


In this presentation, I wish to describe our journey from taking more fundamental studies of magnetic cell separation to our extensive involvement in the isolation and characterization of targeted cells, including cancer, and cancer associated cells, from the blood of cancer patients. We are not only interested in the strictly defined circulating tumor cells, CTC, but we are also venturing into characterizing the plethora of other unusual cells in the blood of these cancer patients. Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of this work, in this presentation I wish to attempt to present aspects of this work which will appeal to traditional engineering researchers through to clinical researchers interested in developing diagnostics not just for diagnosis and prognosis of cancer but also the effectiveness of experimental drugs/treatments. Specifically, I wish to highlight our work with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and breast cancer, including a clinical trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. I also wish to also present some of our more recent work which, surprisingly, indicates that under highly specific conditions, we are able to sort rare cells using a high end flow cytometer.

Sponsored by: Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translation - NIH/NCI U54 (MIPS);
Host: Director, Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD (sgambhir@stanford.edu)

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