Cytology Shark Tank Finalists Announced!

Cytology Shark Tank – ASC Young Investigator Grant
Saturday, November 11, 2017
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

I’m pleased to announce that the members of the Research and Current Concepts Committee have reviewed 12 highly meritorious proposals and selected the three finalists for the ASC Cytology Shark Tank:


Eric Huang, MD, PhD
University of California, Davis
Sacramento, CA

Proposal: Diagnostic Utility of Raman Spectroscopy in Differentiating Thyroid Nodules and Identifying Thyroid Cancers


Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, MD, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Proposal: Mutational Profiling of Centrifuged Supernatant Fluid from Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid Nodules


Vivian Weiss, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Proposal: The Use of Next Generation Sequencing to Identify the Molecular and Immunologic Mechanisms of Thyroid Cancer Invasion to Develop Improved FNA-based Testing


With 3 minutes for their pitch, followed by questions from four judges (“sharks”), each finalist will do his/her best to convince the judges (and the audience) that their proposal is the most deserving of the $50,000 grant.

The Cytology Shark Tank Aquarist (moderator) for the evening will be Dr. Liron Pantanowitz (University of Pittsburgh), and the Sharks (judges) will be Dr. Douglas Clark (University of New Mexico), Dr. Martha Pitman (Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School), Dr. Celeste Powers (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Dr. David Rimm (Yale University).

Mark your calendars now (Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 PM). Be there to support and encourage our three finalists as they dive into the ASC Cytology Shark Tank!

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