Past Invited Lectures & Special Events

Past Invited Lectures & Special Events


The following lectures at SKI feature topics relevant to the mission of GMTEC and showcase the related expertise of many MSK faculty and external colleagues. GMTEC’s inaugural symposium took place in 2014, featuring lectures encompassing the major early themes of GMTEC.


GMTEC Symposium

On January 18, 2023 we held the Alan and Sandra Gerry Metastasis and Tumor Ecosystems Symposium featuring a wide range of talks covering metastasis and tumor ecosystems. Our Keynote was Dr. Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, the Rose Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research, Endowed Professor of Cell Biology and Founding Director of the Cancer Dormancy & Tumor Microenvironment Institute at the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center.


On Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 GMTEC organized a Distinguished Seminar via Zoom.  Our speaker, Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D., gave a seminar entitled Cell Autonomous and Non-Cell-Autonomous Drivers of Metastasis with an introduction by GMTEC Executive Director, Joan Massagué, PhD and a Q&A session led by GMTEC Scientific Director, Dana Pe’er, PhD.  The 2022 GMTEC Distinguished Seminar was very well attended.


2019 SCRI Symposium Announcement

On November 14, 2019 GMTEC held the second annual Single Cell Research Initiative (SCRI) Symposium. This half day symposium was well attended by researchers from all areas of MSK.


2018 Single Cell Research Initiative (SCRI) Symposium

On October 8, 2018 we held the inaugural Single Cell Research Initiative (SCRI) Symposium. We showcased for the MSK community some of the work to date of this exciting GMTEC initiative.


June 1, 2017
Dissecting the embryo with single-cell RNA-Seq
Itai Yanai, PhD
Director, Institute for Computational Medicine
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY

May 4, 2017
Single Cell Approaches to Dissect Mechanisms for Epigenetic Memory
Amos Tanay, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science, Department of Biological Regulation
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot, Israel

April 20, 2017
Spatial Genomics: Single Cell in Situ Expression and Lineage Analysis
Long Cai, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

April 10, 2017
Immune Processing and Recognition of Tumors
Matthew (Max) Krummel, PhD
Department of Pathology
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

March 9, 2017
Investigating Cellular Heterogeneity in Cancer
Tuomas Tammela, MD, PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

February 2, 2017
Topological Methods for Single-Cell Genomics
Pablo Camara, PhD
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Department of Systems Biology, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

January 23, 2017
Intra-tumoral Heterogeneity and Response to Therapy in SCLC
Julien Sage, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics
Stanford University
Stanford, CA


December 8, 2016
The Spatiotemporal Architecture of Brain Tumors
Raul Rabadan, PhD
Associate Professor; Department of Systems Biology
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

October 13, 2016
New Insights Into Pancreatic Development, Cell Plasticity and Cancer
Chris Wright, PhD
Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs
Department Cell & Developmental Biology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

May 5, 2016
Cancer Prognosis from High-dimensional Molecular Profiles
Jean-Philippe Vert, PhD
Director of Center for Computational Biology
Deputy Director of Mines ParisTech-Curie
Mine ParisTech; Curie Institute; INSERM U900

April 21, 2016
Design and Validation of a High-sensitivity Sequencing-based Assay for Detection of Common Solid Tumor Mutations in Blood Plasma
Imran Haque, PhD
Director of Research
San Francisco, CA

April 14, 2016
Elucidating Lung Development and Stem Cells at Single Cell Resolution
Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

March 27, 2016
Anti-tumor T Cells: You Are What You Eat
Susan Kaech, PhD
Waldemar Von Zeitwitz Professor of Immunobiology
Department of Immunobiology
Yale University
New Haven, CT

March 4, 2016
Invasive Maneuvers: The Cellular Dynamics of Metastasis in Pancreatic Cancer
Ben Stanger, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

January 25, 2016
Dimensionality in Biological Data: The Power of Single Cells
Dana Pe’er, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences
Columbia University
New York, NY

January 4, 2016
The Impact of Tumor Microenvironment in the Progression and Treatment of Leukemia
Iannis Aifantis, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology
NYU Cancer Institute
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY


October 12, 2015
Systems Biology of Cell-Cell Interactions in Biofilms, the Microbiome and Cancer
Joao Xavier, PhD
Assistant Member. Computational Biology

October 9, 2015
Chromatin Regulators as Cancer Dependencies
Christopher Vakoc, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor, NY

September 24, 2015
Learning the ‘Metadata’ of the Cell - Inferring Cellular Phenotypes with Single Cell Genomics
Rahul Satija, B.ScD.Phil.
Core Member, New York Genome Center
New York, NY

September 11, 2015
How Melanoma Genotype Defines Melanoma Phenotype
Marcus Bosenberg, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine
Co-Leader, Cancer Genetics & Genomics Program, Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, CT

April 17, 2015
Identification and Therapeutic Targeting of Poor Prognosis Subtypes in Colorectal Cancer
Eduard Batlle, Ph.D.
ICREA Research Professor, Head of the Colorectal Cancer Lab
Head of IRB Barcelona’s Oncology Program
Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Barcelona, Spain

February 6, 2015
Integrated Investigations into Inherited Susceptibility for Breast Cancer Metastasis
Kent Hunter, PhD
Senior Investigator, Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD


December 15, 2014
Mechanisms of Protective Tumor Immunity
Glenn Dranoff, M.D. , Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Friday, June 6, 2014
Hypoxia, Metabolism, and Tumor Progression
Celeste Simon, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Friday, May 23, 2014
Extrinsic Influences on Metastasis: Platelets and Extracellular Matrix
Richard Hynes, Ph.D., FRS
Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research, MIT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Friday, October 11, 2013
Size and Growth Control Mechanisms in Development and Cancer
Tian Xu, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor & Vice Chair of the Department of Genetics
Yale University School of Medicine

Friday, September 27, 2013
Targeting Minimal Residual Disease in Hematopoietic Cancers
Michael Hemann, Ph.D.
Eisen and Chang Career Development Associate Professor of Biology
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Friday, May 17, 2013
Recapturing Pluripotency: Links Between Cellular Reprogramming and Breast Cancer Heterogeneity
Charlotte Kuperwasser, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy & Cellular Biology
Tufts University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Investigator, Molecular Oncology Research Institute
Tufts Medical Center


Friday, February 24, 2012
G-protein Regulated Chemotaxis and Invasion in Breast Tumor Metastasis
John Condeelis, PhD
Judith & Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research
Professor and Co-Chair, Anatomy & Structural Biology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Friday, January 27, 2012
Genetic Features of Pancreatic Cancer Progression
Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, MD, PhD
Professor in Pathology, Oncology and Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Friday, November 16, 2012
Conditional Mouse Models of Human Breast Cancer
Jos Jonkers, PhD
Head of Division of Molecular Biology
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Friday, June 19, 2012
Cancer Cell Invasion in Complex Environments
Eric Sahai, MD
Head of Tumor Cell Biology Laboratory
London Research Institute
London, England


Friday, May 6, 2011
Translating Pancreatic Cancer Genetics to the Clinic
Anirban Maitra, MBBS
Professor of Pathology and Oncology
The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Friday, November 19, 2010
Cell Polarity, Morphogenesis and Progression of Carcinoma
Senthil Muthuswamy, PhD
Lee K. and Margaret Lau Chair in Breast Cancer
Research Senior Scientist
Ontario Cancer Institute

Friday, November 5, 2010
The Breast Tumour Microenvironment: A Predictor of Clinical Outcome and Tumour Heterogeneity
Morag Park, PhD
Diane and Sal Guerrera Chair in Cancer Genetics
McGill University


Thursday, October 9, 2014
Center for Metastasis Research Inaugural Symposium

Brain Metastasis
Targeting Astrocytes for Therapy of Brain Tumors and Metastasis
Josh Fidler, DVM, PhD
Department of Cancer Biology
R.E. “Bob” Smith Distinguished Chair in Cell Biology
Head, Cancer Metastasis Laboratory
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Metastatic Traits
Evolutionary Dynamics of Cancer Metastasis
Franziska Michor, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Department of Biostatistics
Harvard School of Public

Metastasis Microenvironment
Metastatic Microenvironments Driving Breast Tumor Progression
John Condeelis, PhD
The Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research
Professor & Co-Chair, Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology
Co-Director, Integrated Imaging Program
Co-Director, Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center
Scientific Director, Analytical Imaging Facility
Director, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
Albert Einstein Cancer Center