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David A. Drew, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 724-7360


dadrew@mgh.harvard.edu

David A. Drew, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Director of Biobanking, Clinical & Translational Epidemiology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Instructor of Investigation, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My long-term research is focused on the early detection, interception, and prevention of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. My background has purposely encompassed both clinical and traditional bench research so that I can seamlessly operate at the interface of the laboratory and the bedside. My overarching interest has focused on implementing comprehensive clinical trial designs, thereby creating robust biorepositories comprised of a wide-range of carefully collected biospecimens that are matched with high-resolution clinical metadata. This empowers a scientifically rigorous approach to identify and test mechanistically-informed biomarkers. Ultimately, these biomarkers may inform personalized risk assessments, reveal critical insights into tumorigenesis, and identify novel modalities for prevention and interception of cancer and other diseases. This interest dates back to my doctoral training which focused on developing novel sensitive genomic and proteomic tools at the bench to elucidate molecular mechanisms driving tumorigenesis in human GI precancers. I expanded this skillset beyond the bench with post-doctoral training in the design and execution of cancer prevention and interception trials, including the ASPIRED trial, and epidemiological and statistical methods. Specifically, my research has focused on how the gut microbiome mediates chemoprevention, tumorigenesis, and cancer outcomes, including immunotherapy-related toxicities. At the bench, I have focused on developing translational tools using trial participant-derived ‘living biobanks’ (e.g. intestinal organoids or fecal sample derived gut bacteria communities) that compliment standard biobanking approaches and ‘omic data generation for downstream mechanistic investigation. In the clinic, I have focused on developing innovative trial designs that implement novel tools for data-capture.

Publications

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  • Drew DA, Schuck MM, Magicheva-Gupta MV, Stewart KO, Gilpin KK, Miller P, Parziale MP, Pond EN, Takacsi-Nagy O, Zerjav DC, Chin SM, Mackinnon Krems J, Meixell D, Joshi AD, Ma W, Colizzo FP, Carolan PJ, Nishioka NS, Staller K, Richter JM, Khalili H, Gala MK, Garber JJ, Chung DC, Yarze JC, Zukerberg L, Petrucci G, Rocca B, Patrono C, Milne GL, Wang M, Chan AT. Effect of Low-dose and Standard-dose Aspirin on PGE2 Biosynthesis Among Individuals with Colorectal Adenomas: a Randomized Clinical Trial. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa) 2020. PubMed
  • Zaidi SH, Harrison TA, Phipps AI, Steinfelder R, Trinh QM, Qu C, Banbury BL, Georgeson P, Grasso CS, Giannakis M, Adams JB, Alwers E, Amitay EL, Barfield RT, Berndt SI, Borozan I, Brenner H, Brezina S, Buchanan DD, Cao Y, Chan AT, Chang-Claude J, Connolly CM, Drew DA, Farris AB, Figueiredo JC, French AJ, Fuchs CS, Garraway LA, Gruber S, Guinter MA, Hamilton SR, Harlid S, Heisler LE, Hidaka A, Hopper JL, Huang WY, Huyghe JR, Jenkins MA, Krzyzanowski PM, Lemire M, Lin Y, Luo X, Mardis ER, McPherson JD, Miller JK, Moreno V, Mu XJ, Nishihara R, Papadopoulos N, Pasternack D, Quist MJ, Rafikova A, Reid EEG, Shinbrot E, Shirts BH, Stein LD, Teney CD, Timms L, Um CY, Van Guelpen B, Van Tassel M, Wang X, Wheeler DA, Yung CK, Hsu L, Ogino S, Gsur A, Newcomb PA, Gallinger S, Hoffmeister M, Campbell PT, Thibodeau SN, Sun W, Hudson TJ, Peters U. Landscape of somatic single nucleotide variants and indels in colorectal cancer and impact on survival. Nat Commun 2020; 11:3644. PubMed
  • Wang X, Su YR, Petersen PS, Bien S, Schmit SL, Drew DA, Albanes D, Berndt SI, Brenner H, Campbell PT, Casey G, Cheng-Claude J, Gallinger S, Gruber SB, Haile RW, Harrison TA, Hoffmeister M, Jacobs EJ, Jenkins MA, Joshi AD, Li L, Lin Y, Lindor NM, Le Marchand L, Martín V, Milne RL, Maclnnis R, Moreno V, Nan H, Newcomb PA, Potter JD, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Slattery ML, Thibodeau SN, Weinstein SJ, Woods MO, Chan AT, White E, Hsu L, Peters U. Exploratory genome-wide interaction analysis of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and predicted gene expression on colorectal cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2020. PubMed
  • Segal E, Zhang F, Lin X, King G, Shalem O, Shilo S, Allen WE, Alquaddoomi F, Altae-Tran H, Anders S, Balicer R, Bauman T, Bonilla X, Booman G, Chan AT, Cohen O, Coletti S, Davidson N, Dor Y, Drew DA, Elemento O, Evans G, Ewels P, Gale J, Gavrieli A, Geiger B, Grad YH, Greene CS, Hajirasouliha I, Jerala R, Kahles A, Kallioniemi O, Keshet A, Kocarev L, Landua G, Meir T, Muller A, Nguyen LH, Oresic M, Ovchinnikova S, Peterson H, Prodanova J, Rajagopal J, Rätsch G, Rossman H, Rung J, Sboner A, Sigaras A, Spector T, Steinherz R, Stevens I, Vilo J, Wilmes P. Publisher Correction: Building an international consortium for tracking coronavirus health status. Nat Med 2020. PubMed
  • Berry SE, Valdes AM, Drew DA, Asnicar F, Mazidi M, Wolf J, Capdevila J, Hadjigeorgiou G, Davies R, Al Khatib H, Bonnett C, Ganesh S, Bakker E, Hart D, Mangino M, Merino J, Linenberg I, Wyatt P, Ordovas JM, Gardner CD, Delahanty LM, Chan AT, Segata N, Franks PW, Spector TD. Human postprandial responses to food and potential for precision nutrition. Nat Med 2020; 26:964-973. PubMed
  • Nguyen LH, Drew DA, Joshi AD, Guo CG, Ma W, Mehta RS, Sikavi DR, Lo CH, Kwon S, Song M, Mucci LA, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Eliassen AH, Hart JE, Chavarro JE, Rich-Edwards JW, Davies R, Capdevila J, Lee KA, Lochlainn MN, Varsavsky T, Graham MS, Sudre CH, Cardoso MJ, Wolf J, Ourselin S, Steves CJ, Spector TD, Chan AT. Risk of COVID-19 among frontline healthcare workers and the general community: a prospective cohort study. medRxiv 2020. PubMed
  • Nguyen LH, Ma W, Wang DD, Cao Y, Mallick H, Gerbaba TK, Lloyd-Price J, Abu-Ali G, Hall AB, Sikavi D, Drew DA, Mehta RS, Arze C, Joshi AD, Yan Y, Branck T, DuLong C, Ivey KL, Ogino S, Rimm EB, Song M, Garrett WS, Izard J, Huttenhower C, Chan AT. Association Between Sulfur-Metabolizing Bacterial Communities in Stool and Risk of Distal Colorectal Cancer in Men. Gastroenterology 2020; 158:1313-1325. PubMed
  • Yan Y, Drew DA, Markowitz A, Lloyd-Price J, Abu-Ali G, Nguyen LH, Tran C, Chung DC, Gilpin KK, Meixell D, Parziale M, Schuck M, Patel Z, Richter JM, Kelsey PB, Garrett WS, Chan AT, Stadler ZK, Huttenhower C. Structure of the Mucosal and Stool Microbiome in Lynch Syndrome. Cell Host Microbe 2020. PubMed
  • Xia Z, Su YR, Petersen P, Qi L, Kim AE, Figueiredo JC, Lin Y, Nan H, Sakoda LC, Albanes D, Berndt SI, Bézieau S, Bien S, Buchanan DD, Casey G, Chan AT, Conti DV, Drew DA, Gallinger SJ, Gauderman WJ, Giles GG, Gruber SB, Gunter MJ, Hoffmeister M, Jenkins MA, Joshi AD, Le Marchand L, Lewinger JP, Li L, Lindor NM, Moreno V, Murphy N, Nassir R, Newcomb PA, Ogino S, Rennert G, Song M, Wang X, Wolk A, Woods MO, Brenner H, White E, Slattery ML, Giovannucci EL, Chang-Claude J, Pharoah PDP, Hsu L, Campbell PT, Peters U. Functional informed genome-wide interaction analysis of body mass index, diabetes and colorectal cancer risk. Cancer Med 2020. PubMed
  • He X, Hang D, Wu K, Nayor J, Drew DA, Giovannucci EL, Ogino S, Chan AT, Song M. Long-term Risk of Colorectal Cancer After Removal of Conventional Adenomas and Serrated Polyps. Gastroenterology 2019. PubMed
  • Hamada T, Nowak JA, Masugi Y, Drew DA, Song M, Cao Y, Kosumi K, Mima K, Twombly TS, Liu L, Shi Y, da Silva A, Gu M, Li W, Nosho K, Keum N, Giannakis M, Meyerhardt JA, Wu K, Wang M, Chan AT, Giovannucci EL, Fuchs CS, Nishihara R, Zhang X, Ogino S. Smoking and Risk of Colorectal Cancer Sub-Classified by Tumor-Infiltrating T Cells. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2018. PubMed
  • Mehta RS, Abu-Ali GS, Drew DA, Lloyd-Price J, Subramanian A, Lochhead P, Joshi AD, Ivey KL, Khalili H, Brown GT, DuLong C, Song M, Nguyen LH, Mallick H, Rimm EB, Izard J, Huttenhower C, Chan AT. Stability of the human faecal microbiome in a cohort of adult men. Nat Microbiol 2018; 3:347-355. PubMed
  • Abu-Ali GS, Mehta RS, Lloyd-Price J, Mallick H, Branck T, Ivey KL, Drew DA, DuLong C, Rimm E, Izard J, Chan AT, Huttenhower C. Metatranscriptome of human faecal microbial communities in a cohort of adult men. Nat Microbiol 2018; 3:356-366. PubMed
  • Gu M, Nishihara R, Chen Y, Li W, Shi Y, Masugi Y, Hamada T, Kosumi K, Liu L, da Silva A, Nowak JA, Twombly T, Du C, Koh H, Li W, Meyerhardt JA, Wolpin BM, Giannakis M, Aguirre AJ, Bass AJ, Drew DA, Chan AT, Fuchs CS, Qian ZR, Ogino S. Aspirin exerts high anti-cancer activity in PIK3CA-mutant colon cancer cells. 2017; 8:87379-87389. PubMed
  • Liu L, Nishihara R, Qian ZR, Tabung FK, Nevo D, Zhang X, Song M, Cao Y, Mima K, Masugi Y, Shi Y, da Silva A, Twombly T, Gu M, Li W, Hamada T, Kosumi K, Inamura K, Nowak JA, Drew DA, Lochhead P, Nosho K, Wu K, Wang M, Garrett WS, Chan AT, Fuchs CS, Giovannucci EL, Ogino S. Association Between Inflammatory Diet Pattern and Risk of Colorectal Carcinoma Subtypes Classified by Immune Responses to Tumor. Gastroenterology 2017. PubMed
  • Mehta RS, Song M, Nishihara R, Drew DA, Wu K, Qian ZR, Fung TT, Hamada T, Masugi Y, da Silva A, Shi Y, Li W, Gu M, Willett WC, Fuchs CS, Giovannucci EL, Ogino S, Chan AT. Dietary Patterns and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: Analysis by Tumor Location and Molecular Subtypes. Gastroenterology 2017. PubMed
  • Cao Y, Wu K, Mehta R, Drew DA, Song M, Lochhead P, Nguyen LH, Izard J, Fuchs CS, Garrett WS, Huttenhower C, Ogino S, Giovannucci EL, Chan AT. Long-term use of antibiotics and risk of colorectal adenoma. Gut 2017. PubMed
  • Drew DA, Chin SM, Gilpin KK, Parziale M, Pond E, Schuck MM, Stewart K, Flagg M, Rawlings CA, Backman V, Carolan PJ, Chung DC, Colizzo FP, Freedman M, Gala M, Garber JJ, Huttenhower C, Kedrin D, Khalili H, Kwon DS, Markowitz SD, Milne GL, Nishioka NS, Richter JM, Roy HK, Staller K, Wang M, Chan AT. ASPirin Intervention for the REDuction of colorectal cancer risk (ASPIRED): a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2017; 18:50. PubMed
  • Mehta RS, Nishihara R, Cao Y, Song M, Mima K, Qian ZR, Nowak JA, Kosumi K, Hamada T, Masugi Y, Bullman S, Drew DA, Kostic AD, Fung TT, Garrett WS, Huttenhower C, Wu K, Meyerhardt JA, Zhang X, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL, Fuchs CS, Chan AT, Ogino S. Association of Dietary Patterns With Risk of Colorectal Cancer Subtypes Classified by Fusobacterium Nucleatum in Tumor Tissue. JAMA Oncol 2017. PubMed
  • Drew DA, Nishihara R, Lochhead P, Kuchiba A, Qian ZR, Mima K, Nosho K, Wu K, Wang M, Giovannucci E, Fuchs CS, Chan AT, Ogino S. A Prospective Study of Smoking and Risk of Synchronous Colorectal Cancers. Am J Gastroenterol 2017. PubMed
  • Cao Y, Nishihara R, Qian ZR, Song M, Mima K, Inamura K, Nowak JA, Drew DA, Lochhead P, Nosho K, Morikawa T, Zhang X, Wu K, Wang M, Garrett WS, Giovannucci EL, Fuchs CS, Chan AT, Ogino S. Regular Aspirin Use Associates With Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancers With Low Numbers of Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes. Gastroenterology 2016. PubMed
  • Drew DA, Cao Y, Chan AT. Aspirin and colorectal cancer: the promise of precision chemoprevention. Nat Rev Cancer 2016; 16:173-86. PubMed
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