The Big Ten CRC Correlative Sciences Clinical Trial Working Group (CTWG) hosted Virtual Summer Sessions in June, July, and August 2020. The series explored techniques and strategies available for pursuing correlative research in clinical trials and provided opportunities for collaboration to address complex problems in correlative research and potentially improve future treatment.

Presentation videos may be viewed at any time by clicking the video links below.


Watch video: June 17, 2020
  • Discussion on ctDNA; presented by Pashtoon Kasi, MD, MS, University of Iowa


Pashtoon Kasi, MBBS, MS

Medical Oncologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine – Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

  • Research Interests: Gastrointestinal cancers, with a primary focus on colorectal cancers.
  • MBBS: Aga Khan University
  • MS (Basic Sciences): Mayo Clinic
  • Internship (Surgery): University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Residency (Internal Medicine): University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Fellowship (Medical Oncology): Mayo Medical Center


Watch video: July 15, 2020
  • Discussion on Digital Imaging; presented by Peter Gann, MD, ScD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Discussion on MRD via ddPCR for Heme Studies; presented by Brian Parkin, MD, University of Michigan


Peter H. Gann MD, ScD

Professor, academic director of Research Histology and Tissue Imaging Facility, founding director of the Division of Research in the Department of Pathology, co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Working Group, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Research Interests: Prostate cancer biomarker development, molecular epidemiology of cancer, and digital microscopy and image analysis.
  • MD: University of Pennsylvania
  • MS (Epidemiology & Biostatistics): University of Pennsylvania
  • ScD (Epidemiology): Harvard University
  • Residency (Family Medicine): University of Massachusetts Medical Center
  • Fellowship (Postdoctoral Fellow): University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Fellowship (Research Fellow): Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Brian Parkin, MD

Hematologist and Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

  • Research Interests: Understanding the clonal architecture and clinical relevance of minimal residual disease in AML and MDS and studying mechanisms of therapy resistance and relapse of AML and MDS before and after allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
  • MD: Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo
  • Residency (Internal Medicine): University of Michigan
  • Fellowship (Internal Medicine, Hematology Oncology): University of Michigan


Watch video: August 19, 2020
  • Discussion on Managed Data Collection, presented by Milan Radovich, PhD, Indiana University
  • Discussion on High-throughput Lipid and Metabolite Exploratory Profiling of Lung, Prostate, and Bladder Cancer Samples; presented by Christina Ferreira, PhD, Purdue University


Milan Radovich, PhD

Associate professor, Indiana University School of Medicine; vice president for oncology genomics, IU Health; researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Research Interests: Genomics in translational oncology, including the use of genomics in clinical studies, genomically informed drug combinations, circulating biomarkers for cancer detection, and creating novel bioinformatic pipelines for cancer genomic analyses. Lab expertise includes triple-negative breast cancer, thymic malignancies, and cancer precision medicine.
  • PhD: Indiana University
  • BS: Purdue University


Christina Ferreira, PhD

Lipidomics Research Scientist, Bindley Bioscience Center, Purdue University

  • Research Interests: High-throughput metabolomics analysis focused on lipid profiling.
  • PhD (Animal Reproductive Biotechnology): São Paulo State University
  • Master’s Degree (Animal Reproductive Biotechnology): São Paulo State University
  • Residency (Animal Reproduction): São Paulo State University
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Veterinary Medicine): São Paulo State University
  • Fellowship (Postdoctoral Fellow): Purdue University
  • Fellowship (Postdoctoral Fellow): University of Campinas