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, November 29 4-5pm ET / 3-4p CT / 2-3pm MT / 1-2pm PT
Meet Scientists Brock J. Sishc, PhD, Cancer Discipline Lead for NASA’s Space Radiation Element at Wyle Laboratories, Inc., and Gabrielle Rushing, PhD, Director of Research, TSC Alliance

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.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After your registration is approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Brock J. Sishc, PhD
Brock is the cancer discipline lead for SRE. He received a doctorate in radiation cancer biology from the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University, in the laboratory of Dr. Susan Bailey. After graduating in May 2014, he began training as a post-doctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Story at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Sishc joined SRE in May 2020.
Sishc’s scientific background is in radiation biology, translational radiation oncology, the response of biological systems to charged particle exposure, charged particle radiotherapy, and radiation carcinogenesis. Before joining SRE, Sishc was funded by Human Research Program grants for more than 10 years while conducting space radiation carcinogenesis research as both a graduate student and post-doctoral fellow.

Gabrielle Rushing, PhD
Gabrielle joined the TSC Alliance staff in December 2019 and works remotely from Nashville, TN. Her efforts focus on stimulating innovative research while growing the Natural History Database and Biosample Repository projects. Recently, Gabrielle launched a Whole Genome Sequencing initiative and created the first ever Self-Report Portal to collect patient-reported outcomes from individuals affected by tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). She completed her PhD at Vanderbilt University, studying TSC brain tumor development and neural stem cells under the guidance of Dr. Rebecca Ihrie. Prior to joining the TSC Alliance, Gabrielle served as Project Manager for the PREDICT (Pharmacogenomic Resource for Enhanced Decisions in Care and Treatment) program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys listening to live music, spending time with her dog Willow, and working out.

Schedule Registration opens the 1st of each month:

December – no session scheduled; November 29 is the last Career Round Table session for the year.


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

Tuesday, August 30
Kedar Vaidya, Associate Director of Pharmacology and Early Development (Oncology) at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and
Rebecca Riggins, PhD, Associate Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center

Tuesday, September 27
Douglas R. Hurst, PhD, Scientific Director, Biochemistry and Immunology of Cancer, American Cancer Society

Tuesday, October 25
Eliot Fletcher Sananikone, PhD, and
Georgina Mancinelli, PhD