Microbiome and Cancer Symposium

Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building

Research at the intersection of the microbiome and cancer at the University of Minnesota

The overall goal of this meeting is to showcase the exciting research at the intersection of cancer and the microbiome at the University of Minnesota, and to highlight potential new opportunities and spark new synergies between researchers across relevant fields of expertise. The event is organized as a combination of keynote lectures, flash talks, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities, to set the stage for the creation of new connections and collaborations and further develop the research in these fields at the University of Minnesota. Infrastructure available on campus necessary to build and develop cancer-microbiome collaborations will be presented. Finally, attendees will identify knowledge and expertise gaps within our research community to inform recruitment strategies to continue to build a robust interdisciplinary program focused on microbiome and cancer.

The target participants for this meeting are researchers, scientists, and clinicians working in the cancer research field who are interested in adding microbiome investigation to their research portfolio and microbiome researchers interested in leveraging their skills for cancer research. Those already developing research programs combining these fields are also strongly encouraged to attend. Registered participants will be invited to submit proposals for seed funds to support new collaborations at the intersection of cancer and the microbiome.

Registered participants will be invited to submit proposals for seed funds to support new collaborations at the intersection of cancer and the microbiome.


Registration closes on Tuesday, November 16. Only registered attendees who participate in the event will have access to apply for an award to facilitate new projects.

Call for Abstracts

Deadline is extended to Wednesday, September 29.

Selected abstracts will be invited to present during the Symposium!

We invite you to submit new and old ideas, including abstracts submitted previously. The goal of the abstract presentations and posters is to share and generate ideas.

Notifications on selected abstracts will be made in mid-October.


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8:30 AM - Check-In & Breakfast

9:00 AM - Introduction by Douglas Yee, MD

9:10 AM - Keynote by Alexander Khoruts, MD

9:45 AM - Keynote by Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD

10:20 AM - Break & Poster Session

10:45 AM - Cores/Technology Presentations

                    -Genomics Center Overview by Kenneth Beckman, PhD, and Daryl Gohl, PhD
                    -Cancer Research Translational Initiative Overview by Deepa Kolaseri, PhD 

11:20 AM - Discussion led by Abby Johnson, PhD

12:15 PM - Lunch & Poster Session

1:15 PM - Speed Talks (from selected abstracts)

2:20 PM - Closing by Chris Staley, PhD

2:40 PM - Poster Session & Networking Social

3:30 PM - Adjourn


We rely on supporters to host this event and reduce the financial burden of attending. Supporters are invited to exhibit at the event and received recognition. Please contact the event coordinator for additional information. View the exhibitor prospectus here.

Thanks to our supporters!


Contact the event coordinator, Lissa Martinez Huebner, with questions or comments at mart2948@umn.edu or 612-624-7552.