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Elizabeth Stover, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Elizabeth Stover, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Oncologist, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My basic and translational research program in gynecologic cancers aims to understand patients’ response and resistance to therapy and identify new therapeutic targets. My research approach combines basic laboratory investigation with genomic and functional studies of human tumors, informed by clinical phenotypes. Specifically, I aim to identify therapeutic vulnerabilities in specific subsets of ovarian cancers, and to define clinically relevant mechanisms of drug resistance that can be effectively targeted to treat resistant disease. For example, functional genomic screens showed that targeting specific anti-apoptotic proteins can promote cell death in ovarian cancer cells treated with chemotherapy. As a complementary approach, I am involved in translational research projects focusing on drug-resistant ovarian cancers, including genomic studies of ovarian tumors and patient-derived xenografts. Finally, I am working with collaborators to apply emerging technologies to gynecologic malignancies, including single-cell RNA sequencing, cell-free DNA sequencing, BH3 profiling of drug-induced priming for apoptosis, and an implantable microdevice to measure drug sensitivity. My goal is to apply my training as a physician-scientist to improve treatment options and outcomes for patients with gynecologic cancers.

Publications

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  • Fuh K, Mullen M, Blachut B, Stover E, Konstantinopoulos P, Liu J, Matulonis U, Khabele D, Mosammaparast N, Vindigni A. Homologous recombination deficiency real-time clinical assays, ready or not? Gynecol Oncol 2020. PubMed
  • Lee EK, Xiong N, Cheng SC, Barry WT, Penson RT, Konstantinopoulos PA, Hoffman MA, Horowitz N, Dizon DS, Stover EH, Wright AA, Campos SM, Krasner C, Morrissey S, Whalen C, Quinn R, Matulonis UA, Liu JF. Combined pembrolizumab and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in platinum resistant ovarian cancer: A phase 2 clinical trial. Gynecol Oncol 2020. PubMed
  • Izar B, Tirosh I, Stover EH, Wakiro I, Cuoco MS, Alter I, Rodman C, Leeson R, Su MJ, Shah P, Iwanicki M, Walker SR, Kanodia A, Melms JC, Mei S, Lin JR, Porter CBM, Slyper M, Waldman J, Jerby-Arnon L, Ashenberg O, Brinker TJ, Mills C, Rogava M, Vigneau S, Sorger PK, Garraway LA, Konstantinopoulos PA, Liu JF, Matulonis U, Johnson BE, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Rotem A, Regev A. A single-cell landscape of high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Nat Med 2020. PubMed
  • Slyper M, Porter CBM, Ashenberg O, Waldman J, Drokhlyansky E, Wakiro I, Smillie C, Smith-Rosario G, Wu J, Dionne D, Vigneau S, Jané-Valbuena J, Tickle TL, Napolitano S, Su MJ, Patel AG, Karlstrom A, Gritsch S, Nomura M, Waghray A, Gohil SH, Tsankov AM, Jerby-Arnon L, Cohen O, Klughammer J, Rosen Y, Gould J, Nguyen L, Hofree M, Tramontozzi PJ, Li B, Wu CJ, Izar B, Haq R, Hodi FS, Yoon CH, Hata AN, Baker SJ, Suvà ML, Bueno R, Stover EH, Clay MR, Dyer MA, Collins NB, Matulonis UA, Wagle N, Johnson BE, Rotem A, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Regev A. A single-cell and single-nucleus RNA-Seq toolbox for fresh and frozen human tumors. Nat Med 2020; 26:792-802. PubMed
  • Stover EH, Baco MB, Cohen O, Li YY, Christie EL, Bagul M, Goodale A, Lee Y, Pantel S, Rees MG, Wei G, Presser AG, Gelbard MK, Zhang W, Zervantonakis IK, Bhola PD, Ryan J, Guerriero JL, Montero J, Liang FJ, Cherniack AD, Piccioni F, Matulonis UA, Bowtell DDL, Sarosiek KA, Letai A, Garraway LA, Johannessen CM, Meyerson M. Pooled Genomic Screens Identify Anti-apoptotic Genes as Targetable Mediators of Chemotherapy Resistance in Ovarian Cancer. Mol Cancer Res 2019. PubMed
  • Konstantinopoulos PA, Luo W, Liu JF, Gulhan DC, Krasner C, Ishizuka JJ, Gockley AA, Buss M, Growdon WB, Crowe H, Campos S, Lindeman NI, Hill S, Stover E, Schumer S, Wright AA, Curtis J, Quinn R, Whalen C, Gray KP, Penson RT, Cannistra SA, Fleming GF, Matulonis UA. Phase II Study of Avelumab in Patients With Mismatch Repair Deficient and Mismatch Repair Proficient Recurrent/Persistent Endometrial Cancer. J Clin Oncol 2019. PubMed
  • Ding L, Kim HJ, Wang Q, Kearns M, Jiang T, Ohlson CE, Li BB, Xie S, Liu JF, Stover EH, Howitt BE, Bronson RT, Lazo S, Roberts TM, Freeman GJ, Konstantinopoulos PA, Matulonis UA, Zhao JJ. PARP Inhibition Elicits STING-Dependent Antitumor Immunity in Brca1-Deficient Ovarian Cancer. Cell Rep 2018; 25:2972-2980.e5. PubMed
  • Ditzel HM, Strickland KC, Meserve EE, Stover E, Konstantinopoulos PA, Matulonis UA, Muto MG, Liu JF, Feltmate C, Horowitz N, Berkowitz RS, Gupta M, Hecht JL, Lin DI, Jochumsen KM, Welch WR, Hirsch MS, Quade BJ, Lee KR, Crum CP, Mutter GL, Nucci MR, Howitt BE. Assessment of a Chemotherapy Response Score (CRS) System for Tubo-Ovarian High-Grade Serous Carcinoma (HGSC). Int J Gynecol Pathol 2018. PubMed
  • Stover EH, Feltmate C, Berkowitz RS, Lindeman NI, Matulonis UA, Konstantinopoulos PA. Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing Reveals Clinically Actionable and Mutations in Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma. JCO Precis Oncol 2019. PubMed
  • Ghazani AA, Oliver NM, St Pierre JP, Garofalo A, Rainville IR, Hiller E, Treacy DJ, Rojas-Rudilla V, Wood S, Bair E, Parello M, Huang F, Giannakis M, Wilson FH, Stover EH, Corsello SM, Nguyen T, Rana HQ, Church AJ, Lowenstein C, Cibulskis C, Amin-Mansour A, Heng J, Brais L, Santos A, Bauer P, Waldron A, Lo P, Gorman M, Lydon CA, Welch M, McNamara P, Gabriel S, Sholl LM, Lindeman NI, Garber JE, Joffe S, Van Allen EM, Gray SW, Ja Nne PA, Garraway LA, Wagle N. Assigning clinical meaning to somatic and germ-line whole-exome sequencing data in a prospective cancer precision medicine study. Genet Med 2017. PubMed
  • Stover EH, Konstantinopoulos PA, Matulonis UA, Swisher EM. Biomarkers of Response and Resistance to DNA Repair Targeted Therapies. Clin Cancer Res 2016. PubMed
  • 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
  • Swayamprakasam AP, Stover E, Norgett E, Blake-Palmer KG, Cunningham MJ, Karet FE. Importance of early audiologic assessment in distal renal tubular acidosis. Int Med Case Rep J 2019; 4:7-11. PubMed
  • Hofmann I, Stover EH, Cullen DE, Mao J, Morgan KJ, Lee BH, Kharas MG, Miller PG, Cornejo MG, Okabe R, Armstrong SA, Ghilardi N, Gould S, de Sauvage FJ, McMahon AP, Gilliland DG. Hedgehog signaling is dispensable for adult murine hematopoietic stem cell function and hematopoiesis. Cell Stem Cell 2009; 4:559-67. PubMed
  • Schwarzberg AB, Stover EH, Sengupta T, Michelini A, Vincitore M, Baden LR, Kulke MH. Selective lymphopenia and opportunistic infections in neuroendocrine tumor patients receiving temozolomide. Cancer Invest 2007; 25:249-55. PubMed
  • Lierman E, Folens C, Stover EH, Mentens N, Van Miegroet H, Scheers W, Boogaerts M, Vandenberghe P, Marynen P, Cools J. Sorafenib is a potent inhibitor of FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha and the imatinib-resistant FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha T674I mutant. Blood 2018; 108:1374-6. PubMed
  • Stover EH, Chen J, Folens C, Lee BH, Mentens N, Marynen P, Williams IR, Gilliland DG, Cools J. Activation of FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha requires disruption of the juxtamembrane domain of PDGFRalpha and is FIP1L1-independent. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2006; 103:8078-83. PubMed
  • Cools J, Stover EH, Gilliland DG. Detection of the FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion in idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome and chronic eosinophilic leukemia. Methods Mol Med 2006; 125:177-87. PubMed
  • Stover EH, Chen J, Lee BH, Cools J, McDowell E, Adelsperger J, Cullen D, Coburn A, Moore SA, Okabe R, Fabbro D, Manley PW, Griffin JD, Gilliland DG. The small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor AMN107 inhibits TEL-PDGFRbeta and FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha in vitro and in vivo. Blood 2005; 106:3206-13. PubMed
  • Cools J, Stover EH, Wlodarska I, Marynen P, Gilliland DG. The FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha kinase in hypereosinophilic syndrome and chronic eosinophilic leukemia. Curr Opin Hematol 2003; 11:51-7. PubMed
  • Gilliland G, Cools J, Stover EH, Wlodarska I, Marynen P. FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha in hypereosinophilic syndrome and mastocytosis. Hematol. J. 2016; 5 Suppl 3:S133-7. PubMed
  • Cools J, Stover EH, Boulton CL, Gotlib J, Legare RD, Amaral SM, Curley DP, Duclos N, Rowan R, Kutok JL, Lee BH, Williams IR, Coutre SE, Stone RM, DeAngelo DJ, Marynen P, Manley PW, Meyer T, Fabbro D, Neuberg D, Weisberg E, Griffin JD, Gilliland DG. PKC412 overcomes resistance to imatinib in a murine model of FIP1L1-PDGFRalpha-induced myeloproliferative disease. Cancer Cell 2003; 3:459-69. PubMed
  • Cools J, DeAngelo DJ, Gotlib J, Stover EH, Legare RD, Cortes J, Kutok J, Clark J, Galinsky I, Griffin JD, Cross NC, Tefferi A, Malone J, Alam R, Schrier SL, Schmid J, Rose M, Vandenberghe P, Verhoef G, Boogaerts M, Wlodarska I, Kantarjian H, Marynen P, Coutre SE, Stone R, Gilliland DG. A tyrosine kinase created by fusion of the PDGFRA and FIP1L1 genes as a therapeutic target of imatinib in idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome. N Engl J Med 2003; 348:1201-14. PubMed
  • Merighi M, Majerczak DR, Stover EH, Coplin DL. The HrpX/HrpY two-component system activates hrpS expression, the first step in the regulatory cascade controlling the Hrp regulon in Pantoea stewartii subsp. stewartii. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 2013; 16:238-48. PubMed
  • Bachoo RM, Maher EA, Ligon KL, Sharpless NE, Chan SS, You MJ, Tang Y, DeFrances J, Stover E, Weissleder R, Rowitch DH, Louis DN, DePinho RA. Epidermal growth factor receptor and Ink4a/Arf: convergent mechanisms governing terminal differentiation and transformation along the neural stem cell to astrocyte axis. Cancer Cell 2002; 1:269-77. PubMed
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