Gynecologic Cancers

The DF/HCC Gynecologic (GYN) Cancers Program seeks to improve methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gynecologic cancers, with a particular focus on ovarian cancer, the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. women. Its ambitious research agenda focuses on a spectrum of scientific issues extending from basic investigations of ovarian cancer biology, through an analysis of genomic and protein abnormalities in clinical specimens, to efforts aimed at testing novel clinical therapeutics. The program addresses all aspects of the disease, including molecular pathways, early detection and diagnostics, and clinical trials.

The GYN Cancers Program is multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and includes clinical, translational and laboratory-based research efforts. The Program has more than 60 members spanning the specialties of medicine, OB/GYN, pathology, surgery, epidemiology, dermatology, and radiation oncology. Program members include basic scientists, molecular pathologists, and population scientists.

Recent Publications

  • Howitt BE, Shukla SA, Sholl LM, Ritterhouse LL, Watkins JC, Rodig S, Stover E, Strickland KC, D'Andrea AD, Wu CJ, Matulonis UA, Konstantinopoulos PA. Association of Polymerase e-Mutated and Microsatellite-Instable Endometrial Cancers With Neoantigen Load, Number of Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes, and Expression of PD-1 and PD-L1. JAMA Oncol 2015. PubMed
  • Im H, Shao H, Park YI, Peterson VM, Castro CM, Weissleder R, Lee H. Label-free detection and molecular profiling of exosomes with a nano-plasmonic sensor. Nat Biotechnol 2014. PubMed
  • Ojesina AI, Lichtenstein L, Freeman SS, Pedamallu CS, Imaz-Rosshandler I, Pugh TJ, Cherniack AD, Ambrogio L, Cibulskis K, Bertelsen B, Romero-Cordoba S, Treviño V, Vazquez-Santillan K, Guadarrama AS, Wright AA, Rosenberg MW, Duke F, Kaplan B, Wang R, Nickerson E, Walline HM, Lawrence MS, Stewart C, Carter SL, McKenna A, Rodriguez-Sanchez IP, Espinosa-Castilla M, Woie K, Bjorge L, Wik E, Halle MK, Hoivik EA, Krakstad C, Gabiño NB, Gómez-Macías GS, Valdez-Chapa LD, Garza-Rodríguez ML, Maytorena G, Vazquez J, Rodea C, Cravioto A, Cortes ML, Greulich H, Crum CP, Neuberg DS, Hidalgo-Miranda A, Escareno CR, Akslen LA, Carey TE, Vintermyr OK, Gabriel SB, Barrera-Saldaña HA, Melendez-Zajgla J, Getz G, Salvesen HB, Meyerson M. Landscape of genomic alterations in cervical carcinomas. Nature 2014; 506:371-5. PubMed
  • Ullal AV, Peterson V, Agasti SS, Tuang S, Juric D, Castro CM, Weissleder R. Cancer cell profiling by barcoding allows multiplexed protein analysis in fine-needle aspirates. Sci Transl Med 2014; 6:219ra9. PubMed
  • Perets R, Wyant GA, Muto KW, Bijron JG, Poole BB, Chin KT, Chen JY, Ohman AW, Stepule CD, Kwak S, Karst AM, Hirsch MS, Setlur SR, Crum CP, Dinulescu DM, Drapkin R. Transformation of the fallopian tube secretory epithelium leads to high-grade serous ovarian cancer in Brca;Tp53;Pten models. Cancer Cell 2013; 24:751-65. PubMed