Career Round Tables

CABTRAC is pleased to present Career Round Tables with Dr. Heather K. Beasley as a monthly Zoom event on the last Tuesday of each month. Join us to learn more about actual experiences in navigating career paths as presented by former cancer research trainees now in their chosen careers. Trainees in cancer training programs at CABTRAC member institutions are invited to participate in the interactive monthly events.

Tuesday, August 30 at 4-5pm ET / 3-4p CT / 2-3pm MT / 1-2pm PT
Kedar Vaidya, Associate Director of Pharmacology and Early Development (Oncology) at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and
Rebecca Riggins, PhD, Associate Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center

Space is limited to the first 100 cancer-related trainees at member institutions – please register using your school email address; non-member registrations will be cancelled. Registration closes August 30 at noon ET. Register for the August 30 Zoom Session:

Rebecca B. Riggins, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Education and Training at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center
Rebecca obtained her PhD in Microbiology (now Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology) at the University of Virginia in 2003. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC), where she is now a tenured Associate Professor. Her laboratory studies the role of orphan and ligand-regulated nuclear receptors – notably the estrogen and estrogen-related receptors – in multiple malignancies, with the goal of translating our knowledge of the cellular and molecular functions of these proteins into actionable therapeutic approaches. They investigate cancer therapy efficacy and resistance using diverse cellular and molecular approaches. As LCCC’s Associate Director (AD) of Education and Training, she leads Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination (CRTEC) activities to develop, implement, and sustain comprehensive career development programming for cancer researchers of all career stages.

Kedar S. Vaidya, PhD, Associate Director of Pharmacology and Early Development (Oncology) at Jazz Pharmaceuticals

(Bio to be added)

Schedule Registration opens the 1st of each month:

Tuesday, September 27 at 4-5pm ET / 3-4p CT / 2-3pm MT / 1-2pm PT
Gabrielle Rushing, PhD, Director of Research, TSC Alliance, and
Douglas R. Hurst, PhD, Scientific Director, Biochemistry and Immunology of Cancer, American Cancer Society

Tuesday, October 25 at 4-5pm ET / 3-4p CT / 2-3pm MT / 1-2pm PT
Eliot Fletcher Sananikone, US Government Accountability Office, and US Army CBRN Response Enterprise Commander, and
Georgina Mancinelli, (small pharma start-up company)

Tuesday, November 29 at 4-5pm ET / 3-4p CT / 2-3pm MT / 1-2pm PT
Brock J. Sishc, Cancer Discipline Lead for NASA’s Space Radiation Element at Wyle Laboratories, Inc., and


Tuesday, April 26
Laura Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager at Genentech, and
Ken Valkenburg, Director of Research & Development at PGDx

Tuesday, May 31
Jenean O’Brien, Assistant Professor of Biology at The College of St. Scholastica, and
Natalya Ortolano, Assistant Editor at Drug Discovery News

Tuesday, June 28
Chanelle Case Borden, Associate Director of Training Programs, Office of Training and Education at NCI’s Center for Cancer Training, and
Mike Humphries, Head of Lung Cancer, Global Medical Affairs at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International

Tuesday, July 26
David Vaught, Scientific Review Manager at Susan G. Komen, and
Luke Drury, Clinical Laboratory Director at PreventionGenetics