5th Annual AD&T Symposium: Molecular Diagnostics & Cancer

All are invited to participate in the 5th Annual AD&T Symposium on March 2, 2017, in McCourtney Hall. This year's symposium will focus on Molecular Diagnostics & Cancer.

Our keynote speaker this year is Steven Soper, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas. Prof. Soper's research concentrates on the development of in vitro cancer diagnostics based on a combination of innovative methods for isolating circulating tumor cells and the development of nanoscale devices for next-generation sequencing. Often referred to as lab-on-a-chip technologies, Soper’s efforts pinpoint diagnostics for cancer, stroke and infectious diseases as well as bringing diagnostics to the point-of-care.


8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Paul Bohn, Director

9:15 a.m. TBD, Sharon Stack, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director, Harper Cancer Research Institute, University of Notre Dame

9:50 a.m. Nanofluidic Technology for the Manipulation of Biomolecules, Sumita Pennathur, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

10:35 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Proteomic Profiling of Cancer, Amanda Hummon, Huisking Foundation, Inc., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame

11:20 a.m. Paper-based Tissue Constructs for Quantifying the Role of Oxygen in Promoting Aggressive Cancer Phenotypes, Matthew Lockett, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

12:05 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. New Tools for Liquid Biopsies: Microfluidic Platforms for the Efficient Isolation and Molecular Profiling of Circulating Tumor Cells, Cell Free DNA, and Nanovesicles, Steven Soper, Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas

1:50 p.m. From Sphinx to Enigma: Investigation of Bioactive Sphingolipids in Cancers, Robert Stahelin, Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, IU School of Medicine-South Bend

2:25 p.m. A Supramolecular Perspective on Therapeutic Design, Matthew Webber, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame

3:00 p.m. Poster Session and Refreshments

4:00 p.m. End

The symposium will be held in the lower level of McCourtney (with lunch on the 1st floor). No pre-registration is required.

For more information on AD&T and the symposium, please visit or call (574) 631-7385.