USHA Mahajani Symposium on Molecular Medicine

Tumor Dormancy
USHA Mahajani Symposium on Molecular Medicine graphic

Date and time

September 9, 2022

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM PT


The Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037



About the symposium

The symposium is held in the first part of September of each year, and is generally attended by 250 - 300 senior investigators, post-docs and graduate students in academia and biotech throughout southern California and beyond. Future scientists have an entire day to interact with national and international experts in the field of biomedical research – an unusual and attractive interaction for their career growth.

This year's topic is Tumor Dormancy, classically defined as the arrest of tumor growth in the primary site or in metastatic dissemination. Dormancy is a stage in cancer progression where the cells cease dividing but survive in a quiescent state while waiting for appropriate environmental conditions to begin proliferation again.

Course organizers

Cosimo Commisso, Ph.D.
Sanford Burnham Prebys
Gerard Boss, M.D.
UC San Diego
Ezra Cohen, M.D., FRCPSC, FASCO
UC San Diego
Diana Hargreaves, Ph.D.
Salk Institute

Presented by

The Usha Mahajani Committee
Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Sanford Burnham Prebys


James V. Alvarez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Lucia Borriello, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cancer and Cellular Biology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Jean-Francois Cote, Ph.D.
President and Scientific Director (interim)
Adjunct Professor in Anatomy and Cell Biology
Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM)

Mikala Egeblad, Ph.D.
Director and Associate Professor
Cell and Molecular Biology of Cancer Program
NCI-Designated Cancer Center
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division of Public Health Sciences
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Filippo Giancotti, M.D., Ph.D.
Herbert and Florence Irving Professor
Director of the Cancer Metastasis Initiative
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor of Genetics and Development
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University

Ana P. Gomes, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Department of Molecular Oncology
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Kay T. Yeung, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Oncologist
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
UC San Diego