Keynote Speakers

Carole Parent, PhD

University of Michigan

Dr. Carole Parent works to understand how cells detect and respond to external chemotactic signals that are detected by GPCRs, and, in particular, how the spatial and temporal relay of chemotactic signals between cells impact single and group cell migration in the context of inflammation and cancer metastasis. She completed her PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1992. She subsequently completed her postdoctoral fellowship in biological chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining University of Michigan, she was a senior investigator at the Center for Cancer Research, NCI. She is currently the Lynne and Raymond W Ruddon Collegiate Professor of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology at the University of Michigan.


Yibin Kang, PhD

Princeton University

Dr. Yibin Kang focuses on the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis. His laboratory applies a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the molecular basis of cancer metastasis, combining molecular biology and genomics tools with animal models and advanced in vivo imaging technologies. Dr. Kang completed his PhD in the Cell and Molecular Biology program at Duke University in 2000. He subsequenctly became an Irvington Institute postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Joan Massagué at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and pioneered a functional genomic approach to elucidate mechanism of breast cancer metastasis. Dr. Kang joined the faculty of Princeton University in 2004.


David Sherwood, PhD

Duke University

Dr. David Sherwood aims to understand the mechanisms underlying morphogenetic processes in development using the model system C. elegans and combining powerful genetic and systems biology approaches with live-cell imaging to study cell invasion, stem cell niche interactions, and basement membrane dynamics. He received his PhD from Duke University in the lab of Prof. David McClay identifying and studying the role of the Notch receptor in early sea urchin development. He joined Prof. Paul Sternberg’s group at Caltech for his postdoctoral work where he defined the model of anchor cell invasion.  At Duke University, he is a Professor and the Associate Chair of the Biology Department and the Director of the Development and Stem Cell Biology Program.