2021 SoCal Genome Stability Symposium

We are excited to announce the fifth annual SoCal Genome Stability Symposium. The Symposium is coordinated in partnership by Scripps Research, City of Hope and the University of Southern California.

The SoCal Genome Stability Symposium offers postdoctoral associates and graduate students the opportunity to present their current research and to connect with their peers from other laboratories.

The symposium comprises morning and afternoon talks by postdoctoral associates and graduate students, primarily on unpublished work. A poster session will culminate in the awarding of cash prizes and a vendor show will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss recent innovations with representatives from leading biotech companies.

Please find more informatoin in the Event Details listed below.

Register here 

If you are interested in sponsoring the event please, contact Xiaohua Wu at xiaohwu@scripps.edu.

Jeremy Stark, PhD, City of Hope
Irene Chiolo, PhD, MS, University of Southern California
Xiaohua Wu, PhD, Scripps Research


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Friday, September 17, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.




View meeting program

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.  Welcome Remarks
9:10 - 10:25 a.m. Presentation Session 1
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Poster "Lightning Talks"
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Poster Session
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

Meet Speakers (12:30 - 12:55 p.m.)

Meet Professors (1:00 - 1:30 p.m.; informal discussion about science, career development, etc.)

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Presentation Session 2
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Presentation Session 3
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Poster Awards/Closing Remarks

SoCal Genome Image 2
Photo Credit: Taylor Loe, Graduate Student
SoCal Genome Image 3
Photo Credit: Martina Oravcova, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate


Meeting Program

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:10 - 10:25 a.m.

Session 1 - Led by Dr. Jeremy M. Stark, City of Hope

9:10 - 9:25 a.m.

Dr. Chetan Rawal, USC, Irene Chiolo lab  

Title: Epigenetic profiling of DSB repair responses in heterochromatin

9:25 - 9:40 a.m.

Dr. Juntaek Oh, UC San Diego, Dong Wang lab

Title: Transcriptional processing of an unnatural base pair

9:40 - 9:55 a.m.   

Ying Tan, UC Riverside, Yinsheng Wang lab

Title: Human translesion synthesis DNA polymerases promote transcriptional bypass of minor-groove N2-alkyl-2’-deoxyguanosine adducts

9:55 - 10:10 a.m.

Dr. Martina Cusan, City of Hope, Lili Wang lab

Title: Breaking bad: role of splicing factor SF3B1 in genomic stability maintenance

10:10 - 10:25 a.m.

Dr. Mark Verheijen, USC, Marc Vermulst lab

Title: Genomic instability and transcriptional mutagenesis

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Poster "Lightning Talks" 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Poster Session

See the link for poster # and titles and judges: Poster information and judges

See the link for poster session instruction: Poster session instructions 

Informal poster tour will begin at 11:10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 11:50 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

Meet Speakers (12:30 - 12:55 p.m.) See the link of breakout room# for each speaker: Speaker List

See the link for "Meet Speakers" insturctions: Instruction-Meet Speakers

Meet Professors (1:00 - 1:30 p.m., informal discussion about science, career development, etc.)

See the link for breakout room# of each professor: Meet PIs List

See the link for professor’s research interest: PI Research Interest

See the link for “Meet Professors” instruction: Instruction-Meet Professors

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Session 2 Led by Dr. Rémi Buisson, University of California Irvine

 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Metztli Cisneros, City of Hope, Jeremy Stark lab

Title: The role of DNAPKcs on end joining outcomes

 1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Luis Hernandez, CSU San Marcos, Jane C. Kim lab

Title: Investigating the instability of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2-causing CCTG repeats in S. cerevisiae

 2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Kai Song, UCLA, Tom Graeber lab

Title: Plasticity of extrachromosomal and intrachromosomal BRAF amplifications in overcoming targeted therapy dosage challenges

 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Joe Nassour, Salk Institute, Jan Karlseder lab

Title: ZBP1-mediated telomere to mitochondria crosstalk prevents cancer initiation

 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Peter Chovanec, UCLA, Yi Yin lab

Title: High-throughput, genome-wide mapping of sister chromatid exchange by single-cell sequencing

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Session 3 Led by Dr. Irene Chiolo, University of Southern California

 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Meghan Petrie, USC, Oscar Aparicio lab

Title: Differential requirement of Dbf4 C-terminal Zn-finger in firing of Centromere-proximal versus Forkhead-activated replication origins in S. cerevisiae

 3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Yun Quan, UC San Diego, Huilin Zhou lab

Title: Recruitment of the Ulp2 protease to the inner kinetochore prevents its hyper-sumoylation to ensure accurate chromosome segregation

 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Brandon Tan, City of Hope, Jianjun Chen lab

Title: The Role of the RNA N6-methyladenosine Reader, YTHDC1, in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Sunwoo Oh, UCI, Rémi Buisson lab

Title: Regulation of APOBEC3A by the DNA damage response

 3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Erik N. Bergstrom, UCSD, Ludmil Alexandrov lab

Title: Comprehensive analysis of clustered mutations in cancer reveals recurrent APOBEC3 mutagenesis of ecDNA

4:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Poster Awards Announcement/Closing Remarks

Poster Session Instruction, 5th SoCal Genome stability symposium

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   Poster Session,

See the link for poster # and titles, and poster judges: Poster information and judges

Informal poster tour will begin at 11:10 am, 11:30 am, 11:50 am and 12:10 pm 

Detailed instruction to see posters and meet poster presenters

  • Stay in zoom meeting (Join zoom meeting with the zoom link sent to your email)
  • At the bottom of the screen, you will see a tab “Breakout Rooms”. Click that and you will see a list of posters marked with poster numbers and poster presenter names. Click “Join” at the right side of the poster you would like to see and you will enter that breakout room.
  • You need to unmute yourself to talk to the presenter.
  • When you finish, you can click again the “Breakout Rooms” tab to see the breakout room/poster list. You can choose another breakout room to see another poster.
  • You can also click the “Leave Room” button and select “Leave breakout Room” to leave the breakout room and go back to the main meeting session.

Meet speakers (12:30-1:00pm), See the link of breakout room# of each speaker: Speaker List

See the link for “Meet Speakers” instruction: Instruction-Meet Speakers


Meet Professors (1:00-1:30pm, informal discussion about science, career development etc.)

See the link for breakout room# of each professor: Meet PIs List

See the link for professor’s research interest: PI Research Interest

See the link for “Meet Professors” instruction: Instruction-Meet Professors

We thank the following sponsors for supporting the SoCal Genome Stability Symposium

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Xiaohua Wu at xiaowu@scripps.edu or (858) 784-7910.

Postdoctoral positions are currently available in the labs listed below. Click the position Ad link to see job details. If you have questions, please directly contact the PIs of the labs you are interested.

  • Irene Chiolo, Associate professor of Biological Science, USC; chiolo@usc.edu;
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Susan L Forsburg, Distinguished Professor of Biological Science, USC; forsburg@usc.edu
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Thomas Graeber, Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA; TGraeber@mednet.ucla.edu
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Qingfei Jiang, Assistant Professor, Division of Regenerative Medicine, University of California, San Diego; q1jiang@health.ucsd.edu
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Aleksandra Karolak, Assistant Professor, Machine Learning Department, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL; aleksandra.m.karolak@gmail.com
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Sandra Orsulic, Professor in Residence of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, SOrsulic@mednet.ucla.edu
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Binghui Shen, Professor and Chair, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope; BShen@coh.org
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Dong Wang, Professor, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD; dow003@health.ucsd.edu
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Xiaohua Wu, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research Institute; xiaohwu@scripps.edu
    • Position Ad link: here
  • Xiaolan Zhao, Member & Lab Head at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; zhaox1@mskcc.org
    • Position Ad link: here

Event Location

Scripps Research Auditorium
10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Campus map 

Conference room map

Karen Hughes, Administrative Manager 
(858) 784-7917 | khughes@scripps.edu