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Thursday, September 9, 2021

10:00 am in 443 Altgeld Hall,Thursday, September 9, 2021

A Historical Overview of TMF

Dan Berwick-Evans (UIUC)

1:00 pm in zoom,Thursday, September 9, 2021

Understanding the role of phenotypic switching in cancer drug resistance

Jasmine Foo (University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Mathematics)

Abstract: Recent findings suggest that cancer cells can acquire transient resistant phenotypes via epigenetic modifications and other non-genetic mechanisms. Although these resistant phenotypes are eventually relinquished by individual cells, they can temporarily ’save’ the tumor from extinction and enable the emergence of more permanent resistance mechanisms. These observations have generated interest in the potential of epigenetic therapies for long-term tumor control or eradication. In this talk, I will discuss some mathematical models for exploring how phenotypic switching at the single-cell level affects resistance evolution in cancer. As an example, we will explore the role of MGMT promoter methylation in driving resistance to temozolomide in glioblastoma.