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Cancer Biology and Technology

Seminar Leader:
Sandra Ryeom


Beginning with the basic science and classification of can-cers by cell type, tissue, and organ of origin, this seminar exposed teachers to current knowledge of how cancer starts and what technologies are used to diagnose and treat it. How does a normal cell become a cancer cell, and how do cancers progress, metastasize, recur, and become resistant to treatment? How do diet and exercise affect cancer? Topics included the new “precision oncology” approaches to treatment and diagnosis, including the har-nessing of a patient’s immune system, personalized cancer therapy and the sequencing of tumors; the role of other cells in promoting or preventing tumor progression; and tumor dormancy, or how a cancer cell can hide for many years after treatment. In addition to attending presenta-tions and discussing recent literature, teachers had the chance to perform hands-on experiments inclusive of isolat-ing DNA from a tumor, examining cancer cells under a mi-croscope, and interacting with novel cancer-related tech-nology.

Unit TitleAuthor


Cancer in the Classroom: A Case Study Analysis

Lisa Franchetti
Keywords: Biology, cancer, cell cycle, life science, mutations

Delicious and Nutritious Chemicals: A unit for engaging 10th grade Chemistry students in the study of biological molecules

Kathleen Tsai
Keywords: chemicals, Chemistry, fruit flies, lipids, proteins


Glenza E. Lowman
Keywords: cancer, cells, Food, Health, healthy food

Henrietta Lacks, HeLa Cells, and Health Inequities: Making Student Research Relevant and Authentic

Charlette Walker
Keywords: cancer biology, digital literacy, English Language Arts, HeLa cells, Henrietta Lacks, Research, Science, social studies, systemic medical racism, writing

Doctors to Diet: Health Awareness in Education

Tia Larese
Keywords: ELL, ESOL, Health, healthcare system

Cancer Journeys: From the Microscopic to a Call to Action

Chris Sikich
Keywords: Biology, call to action, cancer, cell, cell signaling, CER, Evolution, genetics, Inquiry, mutation, project, Science

Careers in Cancer

Catherine Michini
Keywords: biomanufacturing, Body surface area, cancer, CAR T cells, career investigation, Careers, chemotherapy infusion dosing, immunology, nursing, oncology, pharmacy, two-way tables.

Using CAR T-cells as an Effective Tool Against Blood Cancers

Peg Harley
Keywords: blood cancer, body systems, breakthrough, cancer cells, CAR T cells, immune system, immunotherapy, life science, T-cells

Breast Cancer: An Exponential Process

Vicki Baker
Keywords: Algebra 2, Breast cancer, cancer, Elementary Functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia