LMP1200H: Neoplasia

Who can attend

MSc or PhD students with background in molecular biology, cell biology and/or biochemistry.

Course description

This is an advanced, seminar-based course designed to provide an in-depth examination of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to malignant transformation.

You will learn:

  • the role of glycolysis in the regulation of growth factor signaling
  • mechanisms through which glycolytic enzymes/metabolites regulate chromatin modifications
  • epigenetic mechanisms that influence epithelial/mesenchymal transition
  • cancer pathogenesis.

These mechanisms will be used as the basis to discuss neoplasia in specific model tissues.

You will develop analytical and critical thinking skills and an understanding of the interplay of metabolism, epigenetics and tumorigenesis.


This class is structured as a journal club.

Each week a paper will be presented by one student:

  • 60-minute presentation, and
  • approximately 60-minute discussion.

If you are not presenting, you are expected to contribute to the discussions.

Course coordinator

Dr. Maria Rozakis Adcock


lmp.grad@utoronto.ca for administrative queries.

Timings and location

Thursdays, 10:00am-12:30pm

Location: Synchronous online delivery (Zoom)

Evaluation methods

Oral presentations of assigned papers - 50%

You will present two original papers.

The coordinator will assess your presentations.

Participation in discussions - 20%

You are expected to actively participate in discussions when you are not presenting.

The coordinator will allocate specific students to review each research paper and come to class with prepared questions.

The quality of the questions and answers will be evaluated and marked.

Research Proposals - 30%

You will write a research proposal unrelated to your current area of investigation, or area of investigation in your supervisor’s lab.

You will write this proposal in a typical grant style - maximum five pages long, single spaced excluding references and figures.


All seminars are run by Dr. Rozakis Adcock.

date topic
January 21, 2021 Introduction
Session 1: Epigenetics, Bromodomains and stem cell plasticity
January 28, 2021 Bromodomain Proteins in Basal-like Breast Cancer
February 4, 2021 Functional interaction of EMT factors and Glycolytic Enzymes, in imparting Metabolic Advantages in Breast Cancer
February 11, 2021 Functional interdependence of BRD proteins and Methyltransferases in MLL leukemia
February 18, 2021 Chromatin Configuration at EMT-TF promoters and cancer stem cell plasticity
Session 2: Cancer metabolism
February 25, 2021 Hexokinases in Tumor Initiation and Maintenance
March 4, 2021 Pyruvate Kinase regulation of Histone H3 modifications
March 11, 2021 MYC/PGC-1a Role in Determining the Metabolic Phenotype and Plasticity of Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells
March 18, 2021 mTOR Complex 2 Control of Glycolytic Metabolism in Glioblastomas
Session 3: Diabetes and cancer
March 25, 2021 Contribution of Adipocytes in promoting ovarian cancer metastasis
April 1, 2021 Influence of lipogenic transcriptional networks in metastatic prostate cancer
April 8, 2021 Hyperglycemia impact on TET DNA methylation reveals networks linking diabetes to cancer
April 15, 2021 Grant Proposal due date