About the 2023 Spatial Analytics of Cancer Challenge

The goal of this 2-day Challenge is to bring together clinicians, scientists, engineers, and technologists to explore new ideas and catalyze interdisciplinary collaborative research to address cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and optimal treatment.

Participants are encouraged to develop new collaborations and submit brief research proposals for the seed fund competition on new projects stemming from the Challenge discussions.


We are excited that Eugene Drokhlyansky, Principal Scientist and Anna Lyubetskaya, Principal Scientist at Bristol Myers Squibb will present the keynote address.

Invited U-M Presenters include:

Nisha J D’ Silva, Donald A Kerr Endowed Collegiate Professor of Oral Pathology, Professor of Dentistry, and Professor of Pathology

Evan T Keller, Richard and Susan Rogel Professor of Oncology, Professor of Urology, Professor of Pathology, Associate Professor of Comparative Pathology

Joerg Lahann, Wolfgang Pauli Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Changyang Linghu, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

James J Moon, J G Searle Professor, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Sethu Pitchiaya, Assistant Professor of Urology and Assistant Professor of Pathology

Arvind Rao, Associate Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Associate Professor of Biostatistics

Lonnie D Shea, Steven A Goldstein Collegiate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Professor of Surgery

Fei Wen, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering

Xiang Zhou, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, November 17th

3:00 pm Welcome
3:15 – 5:40 pm Presentations
5:45 pm Keynote Presentation by Eugene Drokhlyansky and Anna Lyubetskaya
7:00 pm Cocktails; Appetizers, Networking Dinner Followed by Dessert

Saturday, November 18th

8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Organizational Remarks
8:45 am – 10:20 am Presentations
10:30 am – 11:30 am Breakout Sessions
11:35 am – 12 noon Group Discussion
12 noon – Working Lunch and Networking for Collaborative Research and Seed Fund Proposals


We look forward to seeing you at the Challenge!

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