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Sylvan Baca, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-2429


sbaca@partners.org

Sylvan Baca, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Investigator, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

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  • Nassar AH, Abou Alaiwi S, Baca SC, Adib E, Corona RI, Seo JH, Fonseca MAS, Spisak S, El Zarif T, Tisza V, Braun DA, Du H, He M, Flaifel A, Alchoueiry M, Denize T, Matar SG, Acosta A, Shukla S, Hou Y, Steinharter J, Bouchard G, Berchuck JE, O'Connor E, Bell C, Nuzzo PV, Mary Lee GS, Signoretti S, Hirsch MS, Pomerantz M, Henske E, Gusev A, Lawrenson K, Choueiri TK, Kwiatkowski DJ, Freedman ML. Epigenomic charting and functional annotation of risk loci in renal cell carcinoma. Nat Commun 2023; 14:346. PubMed
  • Gusev A, Moon I, LoPiccolo J, Baca S, Sholl L, Kehl K, Hassett M, Liu D, Schrag D. Utilizing Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Tumor Panel Sequencing to Demystify Prognosis of Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP) patients. 2023. PubMed
  • Morova T, Ding Y, Huang CF, Sar F, Schwarz T, Giambartolomei C, Baca SC, Grishin D, Hach F, Gusev A, Freedman ML, Pasaniuc B, Lack NA. Optimized high-throughput screening of non-coding variants identified from genome-wide association studies. Nucleic Acids Res 2022. PubMed
  • Kneppers J, Severson TM, Siefert JC, Schol P, Joosten SEP, Yu IPL, Huang CF, Morova T, Altıntaş UB, Giambartolomei C, Seo JH, Baca SC, Carneiro I, Emberly E, Pasaniuc B, Jerónimo C, Henrique R, Freedman ML, Wessels LFA, Lack NA, Bergman AM, Zwart W. Extensive androgen receptor enhancer heterogeneity in primary prostate cancers underlies transcriptional diversity and metastatic potential. Nat Commun 2022; 13:7367. PubMed
  • De Sarkar N, Patton RD, Doebley AL, Hanratty B, Adil M, Kreitzman AJ, Sarthy JF, Ko M, Brahma S, Meers MP, Janssens DH, Ang LS, Coleman IM, Bose A, Dumpit RF, Lucas JM, Nunez TA, Nguyen HM, McClure HM, Pritchard CC, Schweizer MT, Morrissey C, Choudhury AD, Baca SC, Berchuck JE, Freedman ML, Ahmad K, Haffner MC, Montgomery RB, Corey E, Henikoff S, Nelson PS, Ha G. Nucleosome patterns in circulating tumor DNA reveal transcriptional regulation of advanced prostate cancer phenotypes. 2022. PubMed
  • Shi X, Day A, Bergom HE, Tape S, Baca SC, Sychev ZE, Larson G, Bozicevich A, Drake JM, Zorko N, Wang J, Ryan CJ, Antonarakis ES, Hwang J. Integrative molecular analyses define correlates of high B7-H3 expression in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. NPJ Precis Oncol 2022; 6:80. PubMed
  • Baca SC, Singler C, Zacharia S, Seo JH, Morova T, Hach F, Ding Y, Schwarz T, Huang CF, Anderson J, Fay AP, Kalita C, Groha S, Pomerantz MM, Wang V, Linder S, Sweeney CJ, Zwart W, Lack NA, Pasaniuc B, Takeda DY, Gusev A, Freedman ML. Genetic determinants of chromatin reveal prostate cancer risk mediated by context-dependent gene regulation. Nat Genet 2022; 54:1364-1375. PubMed
  • Linder S, Hoogstraat M, Stelloo S, Eickhoff N, Schuurman K, de Barros H, Alkemade M, Bekers EM, Severson TM, Sanders J, Huang CF, Morova T, Altintas UB, Hoekman L, Kim Y, Baca SC, Sjostrom M, Zaalberg A, Hintzen DC, de Jong J, Kluin RJC, de Rink I, Giambartolomei C, Seo JH, Pasaniuc B, Altelaar M, Medema RH, Feng FY, Zoubeidi A, Freedman ML, Wessels LFA, Butler LM, Lack NA, van der Poel H, Bergman AM, Zwart W. Drug-induced epigenomic plasticity reprograms circadian rhythm regulation to drive prostate cancer towards androgen-independence. 2022. PubMed
  • Berchuck JE, Adib E, Abou Alaiwi S, Dash AK, Shin JN, Lowder D, McColl C, Castro P, Carelli R, Benedetti E, Deng J, Robertson M, Baca SC, Bell C, McClure HM, El Zarif T, Davidsohn MP, Lakshminarayanan G, Rizwan K, Skapura DG, Grimm SL, Davis CM, Ehli EA, Kelleher KM, Seo JH, Mitsiades N, Coarfa C, Pomerantz MM, Loda M, Ittmann M, Freedman ML, Kaochar S. The prostate cancer androgen receptor cistrome in African American men associates with upregulation of lipid metabolism and immune response. Cancer Res 2022. PubMed
  • Nouruzi S, Ganguli D, Tabrizian N, Kobelev M, Sivak O, Namekawa T, Thaper D, Baca SC, Freedman ML, Aguda A, Davies A, Zoubeidi A. ASCL1 activates neuronal stem cell-like lineage programming through remodeling of the chromatin landscape in prostate cancer. Nat Commun 2022; 13:2282. PubMed
  • Lu X, Fong KW, Gritsina G, Wang F, Baca SC, Brea LT, Berchuck JE, Spisak S, Ross J, Morrissey C, Corey E, Chandel NS, Catalona WJ, Yang X, Freedman ML, Zhao JC, Yu J. HOXB13 suppresses de novo lipogenesis through HDAC3-mediated epigenetic reprogramming in prostate cancer. Nat Genet 2022. PubMed
  • Hwang JH, Arafeh R, Seo JH, Baca SC, Ludwig M, Arnoff TE, Sawyer L, Richter C, Tape S, Bergom HE, McSweeney S, Rennhack JP, Klingenberg SA, Cheung ATM, Kwon J, So J, Kregel S, Van Allen EM, Drake JM, Freedman ML, Hahn WC. CREB5 reprograms FOXA1 nuclear interactions to promote resistance to androgen receptor-targeting therapies. Elife 2022. PubMed
  • Tang S, Sethunath V, Metaferia NY, Nogueira MF, Gallant DS, Garner ER, Lairson LA, Penney CM, Li J, Gelbard MK, Alaiwi SA, Seo JH, Hwang JH, Strathdee CA, Baca SC, AbuHammad S, Zhang X, Doench JG, Hahn WC, Takeda DY, Freedman ML, Choi PS, Viswanathan SR. A genome-scale CRISPR screen reveals PRMT1 as a critical regulator of androgen receptor signaling in prostate cancer. Cell Rep 2022; 38:110417. PubMed
  • Berchuck JE, Baca SC, McClure HM, Korthauer K, Tsai HK, Nuzzo PV, Kelleher KM, He M, Steinharter JA, Zacharia S, Spisak S, Seo JH, Conteduca V, Elemento O, Auh J, Sigouros M, Corey E, Hirsch MS, Taplin ME, Choueiri TK, Pomerantz MM, Beltran H, Freedman ML. Detecting Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Through Tissue-Informed Cell-Free DNA Methylation Analysis. Clin Cancer Res 2022; 28:928-938. PubMed
  • Morel KL, Sheahan AV, Burkhart DL, Baca SC, Boufaied N, Liu Y, Qiu X, Cañadas I, Roehle K, Heckler M, Calagua C, Ye H, Pantelidou C, Galbo P, Panja S, Mitrofanova A, Wilkinson S, Whitlock NC, Trostel SY, Hamid AA, Kibel AS, Barbie DA, Choudhury AD, Pomerantz MM, Sweeney CJ, Long HW, Einstein DJ, Shapiro GI, Dougan SK, Sowalsky AG, He HH, Freedman ML, Balk SP, Loda M, Labbé DP, Olson BM, Ellis L. EZH2 inhibition activates a dsRNA-STING-interferon stress axis that potentiates response to PD-1 checkpoint blockade in prostate cancer. 2021; 2:444-456. PubMed
  • Bakouny Z, Braun DA, Shukla SA, Pan W, Gao X, Hou Y, Flaifel A, Tang S, Bosma-Moody A, He MX, Vokes N, Nyman J, Xie W, Nassar AH, Abou Alaiwi S, Flippot R, Bouchard G, Steinharter JA, Nuzzo PV, Ficial M, Sant'Angelo M, Forman J, Berchuck JE, Dudani S, Bi K, Park J, Camp S, Sticco-Ivins M, Hirsch L, Baca SC, Wind-Rotolo M, Ross-Macdonald P, Sun M, Lee GM, Chang SL, Wei XX, McGregor BA, Harshman LC, Genovese G, Ellis L, Pomerantz M, Hirsch MS, Freedman ML, Atkins MB, Wu CJ, Ho TH, Linehan WM, McDermott DF, Heng DYC, Viswanathan SR, Signoretti S, Van Allen EM, Choueiri TK. Integrative molecular characterization of sarcomatoid and rhabdoid renal cell carcinoma. Nat Commun 2021; 12:808. PubMed
  • Baca SC, Takeda DY, Seo JH, Hwang J, Ku SY, Arafeh R, Arnoff T, Agarwal S, Bell C, O'Connor E, Qiu X, Alaiwi SA, Corona RI, Fonseca MAS, Giambartolomei C, Cejas P, Lim K, He M, Sheahan A, Nassar A, Berchuck JE, Brown L, Nguyen HM, Coleman IM, Kaipainen A, De Sarkar N, Nelson PS, Morrissey C, Korthauer K, Pomerantz MM, Ellis L, Pasaniuc B, Lawrenson K, Kelly K, Zoubeidi A, Hahn WC, Beltran H, Long HW, Brown M, Corey E, Freedman ML. Reprogramming of the FOXA1 cistrome in treatment-emergent neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Nat Commun 2021; 12:1979. PubMed
  • Cejas P, Xie Y, Font-Tello A, Lim K, Syamala S, Qiu X, Tewari AK, Shah N, Nguyen HM, Patel RA, Brown L, Coleman I, Hackeng WM, Brosens L, Dreijerink KMA, Ellis L, Alaiwi SA, Seo JH, Baca S, Beltran H, Khani F, Pomerantz M, Dall'Agnese A, Crowdis J, Van Allen EM, Bellmunt J, Morrisey C, Nelson PS, DeCaprio J, Farago A, Dyson N, Drapkin B, Liu XS, Freedman M, Haffner MC, Corey E, Brown M, Long HW. Subtype heterogeneity and epigenetic convergence in neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Nat Commun 2021; 12:5775. PubMed
  • Giambartolomei C, Seo JH, Schwarz T, Freund MK, Johnson RD, Spisak S, Baca SC, Gusev A, Mancuso N, Pasaniuc B, Freedman ML. H3K27ac HiChIP in prostate cell lines identifies risk genes for prostate cancer susceptibility. Am J Hum Genet 2021; 108:2284-2300. PubMed
  • Nuzzo PV, Berchuck JE, Korthauer K, Spisak S, Nassar AH, Alaiwi SA, Chakravarthy A, Shen SY, Bakouny Z, Boccardo F, Steinharter J, Bouchard G, Curran CR, Pan W, Baca SC, Seo JH, Lee GM, Michaelson MD, Chang SL, Waikar SS, Sonpavde G, Irizarry RA, Pomerantz M, De Carvalho DD, Choueiri TK, Freedman ML. Author Correction: Detection of renal cell carcinoma using plasma and urine cell-free DNA methylomes. Nat Med 2020. PubMed
  • Pomerantz MM, Qiu X, Zhu Y, Takeda DY, Pan W, Baca SC, Gusev A, Korthauer KD, Severson TM, Ha G, Viswanathan SR, Seo JH, Nguyen HM, Zhang B, Pasaniuc B, Giambartolomei C, Alaiwi SA, Bell CA, O'Connor EP, Chabot MS, Stillman DR, Lis R, Font-Tello A, Li L, Cejas P, Bergman AM, Sanders J, van der Poel HG, Gayther SA, Lawrenson K, Fonseca MAS, Reddy J, Corona RI, Martovetsky G, Egan B, Choueiri T, Ellis L, Garraway IP, Lee GM, Corey E, Long HW, Zwart W, Freedman ML. Prostate cancer reactivates developmental epigenomic programs during metastatic progression. Nat Genet 2020; 52:790-799. PubMed
  • Nuzzo PV, Berchuck JE, Korthauer K, Spisak S, Nassar AH, Abou Alaiwi S, Chakravarthy A, Shen SY, Bakouny Z, Boccardo F, Steinharter J, Bouchard G, Curran CR, Pan W, Baca SC, Seo JH, Lee GM, Michaelson MD, Chang SL, Waikar SS, Sonpavde G, Irizarry RA, Pomerantz M, De Carvalho DD, Choueiri TK, Freedman ML. Detection of renal cell carcinoma using plasma and urine cell-free DNA methylomes. Nat Med 2020. PubMed
  • Abou Alaiwi S, Nassar AH, Xie W, Bakouny Z, Berchuck JE, Braun DA, Baca SC, Nuzzo PV, Flippot R, Mouhieddine TH, Spurr LF, Li YY, Li T, Flaifel A, Steinharter JA, Margolis CA, Vokes NI, Du H, Shukla SA, Cherniack AD, Sonpavde G, Haddad RI, Awad MM, Giannakis M, Hodi FS, Liu XS, Signoretti S, Kadoch C, Freedman ML, Kwiatkowski DJ, Van Allen EM, Choueiri TK. Mammalian SWI/SNF Complex Genomic Alterations and Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Solid Tumors. Cancer Immunol Res 2020. PubMed
  • Rasool RU, Natesan R, Deng Q, Aras S, Lal P, Sander Effron S, Mitchell-Velasquez E, Posimo JM, Carskadon S, Baca SC, Pomerantz MM, Siddiqui J, Schwartz LE, Lee DJ, Palanisamy N, Narla G, Den RB, Freedman ML, Brady DC, Asangani IA. CDK7 inhibition suppresses Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer through MED1 inactivation. 2019. PubMed
  • Prandi D, Baca SC, Romanel A, Barbieri CE, Mosquera JM, Fontugne J, Beltran H, Sboner A, Garraway LA, Rubin MA, Demichelis F. Erratum to: Unraveling the clonal hierarchy of somatic genomic aberrations. Genome Biol 2017; 18:80. PubMed
  • Baca SC, Wong KS, Strickland KC, Heller HT, Kim MI, Barletta JA, Cibas ES, Krane JF, Marqusee E, Angell TE. Qualifiers of atypia in the cytologic diagnosis of thyroid nodules are associated with different Afirma gene expression classifier results and clinical outcomes. Cancer 2017. PubMed
  • Perry JA, Kiezun A, Tonzi P, Van Allen EM, Carter SL, Baca SC, Cowley GS, Bhatt AS, Rheinbay E, Pedamallu CS, Helman E, Taylor-Weiner A, McKenna A, DeLuca DS, Lawrence MS, Ambrogio L, Sougnez C, Sivachenko A, Walensky LD, Wagle N, Mora J, de Torres C, Lavarino C, Dos Santos Aguiar S, Yunes JA, Brandalise SR, Mercado-Celis GE, Melendez-Zajgla J, Cárdenas-Cardós R, Velasco-Hidalgo L, Roberts CW, Garraway LA, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Gabriel SB, Lander ES, Golub TR, Orkin SH, Getz G, Janeway KA. Complementary genomic approaches highlight the PI3K/mTOR pathway as a common vulnerability in osteosarcoma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2014; 111:E5564-73. PubMed
  • Theurillat JP, Udeshi ND, Errington WJ, Svinkina T, Baca SC, Pop M, Wild PJ, Blattner M, Groner AC, Rubin MA, Moch H, Privé GG, Carr SA, Garraway LA. Prostate cancer. Ubiquitylome analysis identifies dysregulation of effector substrates in SPOP-mutant prostate cancer. Science 2014; 346:85-9. PubMed
  • Prandi D, Baca SC, Romanel A, Barbieri CE, Mosquera JM, Fontugne J, Beltran H, Sboner A, Garraway LA, Rubin MA, Demichelis F. Unraveling the clonal hierarchy of somatic genomic aberrations. Genome Biol 2014; 15:439. PubMed
  • Lawrence MS, Stojanov P, Polak P, Kryukov GV, Cibulskis K, Sivachenko A, Carter SL, Stewart C, Mermel CH, Roberts SA, Kiezun A, Hammerman PS, McKenna A, Drier Y, Zou L, Ramos AH, Pugh TJ, Stransky N, Helman E, Kim J, Sougnez C, Ambrogio L, Nickerson E, Shefler E, Cortés ML, Auclair D, Saksena G, Voet D, Noble M, DiCara D, Lin P, Lichtenstein L, Heiman DI, Fennell T, Imielinski M, Hernandez B, Hodis E, Baca S, Dulak AM, Lohr J, Landau DA, Wu CJ, Melendez-Zajgla J, Hidalgo-Miranda A, Koren A, McCarroll SA, Mora J, Lee RS, Crompton B, Onofrio R, Parkin M, Winckler W, Ardlie K, Gabriel SB, Roberts CW, Biegel JA, Stegmaier K, Bass AJ, Garraway LA, Meyerson M, Golub TR, Gordenin DA, Sunyaev S, Lander ES, Getz G. Mutational heterogeneity in cancer and the search for new cancer-associated genes. Nature 2013; 499:214-8. PubMed
  • Baca SC, Prandi D, Lawrence MS, Mosquera JM, Romanel A, Drier Y, Park K, Kitabayashi N, MacDonald TY, Ghandi M, Van Allen E, Kryukov GV, Sboner A, Theurillat JP, Soong TD, Nickerson E, Auclair D, Tewari A, Beltran H, Onofrio RC, Boysen G, Guiducci C, Barbieri CE, Cibulskis K, Sivachenko A, Carter SL, Saksena G, Voet D, Ramos AH, Winckler W, Cipicchio M, Ardlie K, Kantoff PW, Berger MF, Gabriel SB, Golub TR, Meyerson M, Lander ES, Elemento O, Getz G, Demichelis F, Rubin MA, Garraway LA. Punctuated evolution of prostate cancer genomes. Cell 2013; 153:666-77. PubMed
  • Dulak AM, Schumacher SE, van Lieshout J, Imamura Y, Fox C, Shim B, Ramos AH, Saksena G, Baca SC, Baselga J, Tabernero J, Barretina J, Enzinger PC, Corso G, Roviello F, Lin L, Bandla S, Luketich JD, Pennathur A, Meyerson M, Ogino S, Shivdasani RA, Beer DG, Godfrey TE, Beroukhim R, Bass AJ. Gastrointestinal adenocarcinomas of the esophagus, stomach, and colon exhibit distinct patterns of genome instability and oncogenesis. Cancer Res 2012; 72:4383-93. PubMed
  • Barbieri CE, Baca SC, Lawrence MS, Demichelis F, Blattner M, Theurillat JP, White TA, Stojanov P, Van Allen E, Stransky N, Nickerson E, Chae SS, Boysen G, Auclair D, Onofrio RC, Park K, Kitabayashi N, MacDonald TY, Sheikh K, Vuong T, Guiducci C, Cibulskis K, Sivachenko A, Carter SL, Saksena G, Voet D, Hussain WM, Ramos AH, Winckler W, Redman MC, Ardlie K, Tewari AK, Mosquera JM, Rupp N, Wild PJ, Moch H, Morrissey C, Nelson PS, Kantoff PW, Gabriel SB, Golub TR, Meyerson M, Lander ES, Getz G, Rubin MA, Garraway LA. Exome sequencing identifies recurrent SPOP, FOXA1 and MED12 mutations in prostate cancer. Nat Genet 2012; 44:685-9. PubMed
  • Baca SC, Garraway LA. The genomic landscape of prostate cancer. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 2012; 3:69. PubMed
  • Gross LC, Heron AJ, Baca SC, Wallace MI. Determining membrane capacitance by dynamic control of droplet interface bilayer area. Langmuir 2011; 27:14335-42. PubMed
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