Canary Center News

New Canary Center Associate Faculty member.

November 1, 2017

Welcome Dr. Joy Wu, our newest Canary Center Associate Faculty member.

2017 Canary Challenge Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the important cause of cancer early detection.  Together, the Canary Center Team raised over $35,000 this year at the  2017 Canary Challenge.   We are overjoyed at this achievement and are grateful for everyone's committment. 

Congratulations to all participants and volunteers!

Please visit to obtain more information.

Dr. Gambhir Appointed President of the IS3R

September 1, 2017

August 2017

Dr. Totten Receives Katharine McCormick Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Sarah Totten, postdoctoral scholar in the Pitteri Lab, received a Katharine McCormick Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship from The Katharine McCormick Committee to Support Women in Academic Medicine.  This new fellowship program in the Stanford School of Medicine recognizes the accomplishments and potential of advanced postdoctoral scholars who are pursuing faculty careers in academic medicine.

Congratulations Dr. Totten!

August 2017

2017 Verily Young Scientist Award Winners

Canary Center summer internship students Mark Zhu, Alex Codik and Mark Buckup win the Verily Young Scientist Awards for their projects titled:

"NIR-II Imaging of Cerebral Disease using a Small Molecule Dye"  by Mark Zhu

 "Lab-on-a-fiber technology: An aptamer-based optical biosensor for real-time neurochemical measurements"                                             by Alex Codik 

"Elucidating the Role of Legumain in Prostate Cancer"                          by Mark Buckup

Congratulations Mark, Alex & Mark!

July 2017

Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2017 Winners

Alisha Birk of Pitteri Lab and Austin You Su of Stoyanova Lab receive the Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Research Fellowship for Summer 2017.

Congratulations Alisha & Austin!

February 2017

Dr. Totten Receives Two Awards

Dr. Sarah Totten, postdoctoral scholar in the Pitteri Lab, received an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award to present her work at the AACR Annual Meeting in Washington DC in April 2017.  She also received a travel award from the US Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) to present her work at the annual HUPO meeting in San Diego in March 2017. 

Congratulations Dr. Totten!

Dr. Dhanasekaran Received 2017 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Award

Renumathy Dhanasekaran, MD, Stanford University receives award for her title:

"Plasma Glycoproteomic Biomarkers for Invasive Human Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)"

This proposal is a continuation of the 2016 Canary Seed Grant.

Dr. Stoyanova Received McCormick-Gabilan Faculty Award

September 27, 2016

2016 Canary Center Seed Grant Winners

Dr. Parag Mallick's Research Featured in the Stanford Report

August 24, 2016

Radiology's Parag Mallick, PhD, and his cancer research have been featured by Stanford Medicine News.

In the article, Dr. Mallick eloquently relates cancer cell behavior to a flock of birds. He describes how studying the movement of one bird at a time would not be effective in predicting the flock's movement. 

The article also discusses how this concept can be applied to studying cancer cells and their transition to metastatic behavior. Once the movement of the group is studied and research begins to model why the transition occurs, then we may be in a better position to predict the cancer cell's transition to metastatic. 

Finally, the article talks about a remarkable virtual model of cancer that Dr. Mallick and his group are building and soon to release as a publicly accessible, interactive database. It is called Markerville. Dr. Mallick says about Markerville, "It includes both a model of cancer and a collection of data we’ve pulled from the literature about each protein."

Exciting research coming from the Mallick Lab; stay tuned for great things!

Participate in the Canary Challenge Fundraiser on Sept 24th 2016: Funds raised directly support the Canary Center at Stanford

Don’t forget about the exciting opportunity to help raise funds for early cancer detection research in the Radiology Department through the Canary Challenge bike ride/walk on September 24th.

The Canary Challenge is a non-profit fundraiser for the Canary Foundation to aide research on early cancer detection. The Canary Challenge event is the premier cycling event held in Palo Alto.  Unlike many organized charity bike rides, the Canary Challenge ensures that 100% of all funds raised are directed to the Canary Foundation and do not cover the cost of the event.

Teams are encouraged for this ride so please join one of the many Radiology department teams or start your own with your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you at the finish line and celebrating another great fundraiser with live music, great food, and entertainment.

If you would like to Volunteer at the event, you may do so instead of walking or biking. Please register to Volunteer at the site listed below.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact, the acting Deputy Director for the Canary Center at Stanford.

Firestone Medal & Stanford Alumni Association Award Recipient

Christine Yeh, undergraduate in the Pitteri Lab, co-advised by Mike Snyder, received a Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research which recognizes the top ten percent of all honors thesis in social sciences, science and engineering at Stanford.  Christine also received the Stanford Alumni Association Award of Excellence which honors the top 10% of graduating seniors who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the university through involvement, leadership, and extraordinary Stanford spirit.

Congratulations Christine!

Dr. Going Receives Award

Dr. Catherine Going, PostDoctoral Scholar in the Pitteri Lab, awarded the American Society for Mass spectrometry Postdoctoral Award which is given to promote the professional career development of postdoctoral fellows in the field of mass spectrometry.

Congratulations Catherine!

Recipients of the Stanford Undergraduate Advising and Research Conference Grant


Cheylene Tanimoto and Christine Yeh, undergraduate students in the Pitteri Lab, received the Stanford Undergraduate Advising and Research Conference Grants to present their work in the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Annual meeting in San Antonio Texas in July 2016.


Congratulations Cheylen & Christine!

Canary Summit

May 4th, 2016
University Club of Palo Alto

The Canary Summit serves as a meeting for all members and associate members of the Canary Center at Stanford to share their research and discuss successes, challenges, and visions for the field of early cancer detection. Stanford faculty and clinicians with an interest in early cancer detection are also encouraged to participate. Our goal is to enable collaborations across research groups in order to innovate diagnostic strategies for the early detection of cancer.
Submit your work:
All interested researchers, incl. postdocs, graduate students, research scientists, and instructors, are encouraged to submit abstracts on their projects for consideration for invited talks and posters. All submitted abstracts are eligible for prizes!

Submit your abstracts to by April 1st, 2016.

For more information, please go to the website or e-mail

Registration is now open:
Registration for the Canary Summit is free, but you must register to attend by April 26, 2016.

Blood test giving false sense of security about cancer risk?

Thanks to breakthroughs in technology, the market for genetic tests that give patients information about their genes has surged over the past decade. According to one recent estimate, there are now more than 60,000 on the market. But in the race to profit from this exploding industry, CBS News found some may be promising more than science can deliver.

Dr. Totten Receives Award

Dr. Sarah Totten, PostDoctoral Scholar in the Pitteri Lab, awarded the Stanford Hispanic Center of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Congratulations Dr. Totten!

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