Eric A. Collisson, MD

Eric A. Collisson, MD

Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Phone: (415) 476-0624
Box 1270, UCSF

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Developmental Therapeutics» Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

I am a medical oncologist with a specific interest in the genomics of cancer. My laboratory uses a variety of techniques to interrogate three basic themes in the biology and clinical behavior of these deadly cancers: (1) intra- patient tumor heterogeneity at the temporal and anatomic levels, (2) inter-patient heterogeneity between different patients, and (3) tumor-microenvironmental interactions. We use a combination of genetically engineered mouse models, cell lines, and clinically derived samples to interrogate multiple genomic outputs with a focus on genomic DNA and mRNA.


UC Berkeley, BA, 1996 Genetics
UC Los Angeles, MD, 2002, Medicine

Professional Experience

  • 2003-2005
    Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine, Stanford University Hospital
  • 2005-2008
    Clinical Fellowship, Heme/Onc, UCSF
  • 2008-2009
    Post Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs
  • 2009-2010
    Instructor, Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
  • 2010-12/2012
    Asst Adj Professor, Hematology/Oncology, UCSF
  • 12/2012-present
    Asst Professor In Residence, Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1999
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholar, Bethesda MD., Howard Hughes Medical Inst./NIH
  • 2001
    Alpha Omega Alpha, UCLA Chapter, AOA, UCLA
  • 2006
    Amgen Scholar, Amgen Foundation
  • 2007
    ASCO Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2012
    AACR PanCAN Career Development Award, American Association of Cancer Research
  • 2013
    Clinical Scholar Development Award , Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Selected Publications

  1. Lanman RB, Mortimer SA, Zill OA, Sebisanovic D, Lopez R, Blau S, Collisson EA, Divers SG, Hoon DS, Kopetz ES, Lee J, Nikolinakos PG, Baca AM, Kermani BG, Eltoukhy H, Talasaz A. Analytical and Clinical Validation of a Digital Sequencing Panel for Quantitative, Highly Accurate Evaluation of Cell-Free Circulating Tumor DNA. PLoS One. 2015; 10(10):e0140712.
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  2. Hrustanovic G, Olivas V, Pazarentzos E, Tulpule A, Asthana S, Blakely CM, Okimoto RA, Lin L, Neel DS, Sabnis A, Flanagan J, Chan E, Varella-Garcia M, Aisner DL, Vaishnavi A, Ou SH, Collisson EA, Ichihara E, Mack PC, Lovly CM, Karachaliou N, Rosell R, Riess JW, Doebele RC, Bivona TG. RAS-MAPK dependence underlies a rational polytherapy strategy in EML4-ALK-positive lung cancer. Nat Med. 2015 Sep; 21(9):1038-47.
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  3. Sanborn JZ, Chung J, Purdom E, Wang NJ, Kakavand H, Wilmott JS, Butler T, Thompson JF, Mann GJ, Haydu LE, Saw RP, Busam KJ, Lo RS, Collisson EA, Hur JS, Spellman PT, Cleaver JE, Gray JW, Huh N, Murali R, Scolyer RA, Bastian BC, Cho RJ. Phylogenetic analyses of melanoma reveal complex patterns of metastatic dissemination. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Sep 1; 112(35):10995-1000.
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  4. Ko AH, Bekaii-Saab T, van Ziffle J, Mirzoeva OK, Joseph N, Talasaz A, Kuhn P, Tempero MA, Collisson E, Kelley RK, Venook A, Dito E, Ong A, Ziyeh S, Courtin R, Linetskaya R, Tahiri S, Korn WM. A MULTICENTER, OPEN-LABEL PHASE II CLINICAL TRIAL OF COMBINED MEK PLUS EGFR INHIBITION FOR CHEMOTHERAPY-REFRACTORY ADVANCED PANCREATIC ADENOCARCINOMA. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Aug 6.
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  5. Korkola JE, Collisson EA, Heiser L, Oates C, Bayani N, Itani S, Esch A, Thompson W, Griffith OL, Wang NJ, Kuo WL, Cooper B, Billig J, Ziyad S, Hung JL, Jakkula L, Feiler H, Lu Y, Mills GB, Spellman PT, Tomlin C, Mukherjee S, Gray JW. Decoupling of the PI3K Pathway via Mutation Necessitates Combinatorial Treatment in HER2+ Breast Cancer. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0133219.
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  6. Chapman JS, Asthana S, Cade L, Chang MT, Wang Z, Zaloudek CJ, Ueda S, Collisson EA, Taylor BS. Clinical Sequencing Contributes to a BRCA-Associated Cancer Rediagnosis That Guides an Effective Therapeutic Course. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Jul; 13(7):835-45.
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  7. Zill OA, Greene C, Sebisanovic D, Siew LM, Leng J, Vu M, Hendifar AE, Wang Z, Atreya CE, Kelley RK, Van Loon K, Ko AH, Tempero MA, Bivona TG, Munster PN, Talasaz A, Collisson EA. Cell-Free DNA Next-Generation Sequencing in Pancreatobiliary Carcinomas. Cancer Discov. 2015 Oct; 5(10):1040-8.
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  8. Nan X, Tamgüney TM, Collisson EA, Lin LJ, Pitt C, Galeas J, Lewis S, Gray JW, McCormick F, Chu S. Ras-GTP dimers activate the Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) pathway. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jun 30; 112(26):7996-8001.
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  9. Frampton GM, Ali SM, Rosenzweig M, Chmielecki J, Lu X, Bauer TM, Akimov M, Bufill JA, Lee C, Jentz D, Hoover R, Ou SH, Salgia R, Brennan T, Chalmers ZR, Jaeger S, Huang A, Elvin JA, Erlich R, Fichtenholtz A, Gowen KA, Greenbowe J, Johnson A, Khaira D, McMahon C, Sanford EM, Roels S, White J, Greshock J, Schlegel R, Lipson D, Yelensky R, Morosini D, Ross JS, Collisson E, Peters M, Stephens PJ, Miller VA. Activation of MET via Diverse Exon 14 Splicing Alterations Occurs in Multiple Tumor Types and Confers Clinical Sensitivity to MET Inhibitors. Cancer Discov. 2015 Aug; 5(8):850-9.
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  10. Kelley RK, Magbanua MJ, Butler TM, Collisson EA, Hwang J, Sidiropoulos N, Evason K, McWhirter RM, Hameed B, Wayne EM, Yao FY, Venook AP, Park JW. Circulating tumor cells in hepatocellular carcinoma: a pilot study of detection, enumeration, and next-generation sequencing in cases and controls. BMC Cancer. 2015; 15(1):206.
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  11. Roy N, Malik S, Villanueva KE, Urano A, Lu X, Von Figura G, Seeley ES, Dawson DW, Collisson EA, Hebrok M. Brg1 promotes both tumor-suppressive and oncogenic activities at distinct stages of pancreatic cancer formation. Genes Dev. 2015 Mar 15; 29(6):658-71.
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  12. Lin L, Sabnis AJ, Chan E, Olivas V, Cade L, Pazarentzos E, Asthana S, Neel D, Yan JJ, Lu X, Pham L, Wang MM, Karachaliou N, Cao MG, Manzano JL, Ramirez JL, Torres JM, Buttitta F, Rudin CM, Collisson EA, Algazi A, Robinson E, Osman I, Muñoz-Couselo E, Cortes J, Frederick DT, Cooper ZA, McMahon M, Marchetti A, Rosell R, Flaherty KT, Wargo JA, Bivona TG. The Hippo effector YAP promotes resistance to RAF- and MEK-targeted cancer therapies. Nat Genet. 2015 Mar; 47(3):250-6.
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  13. Collisson EA. RB and Prognosis in Resected Lung Adenocarcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Jun 1; 21(11):2418-20.
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  14. Zheng CL, Wang NJ, Chung J, Moslehi H, Sanborn JZ, Hur JS, Collisson EA, Vemula SS, Naujokas A, Chiotti KE, Cheng JB, Fassihi H, Blumberg AJ, Bailey CV, Fudem GM, Mihm FG, Cunningham BB, Neuhaus IM, Liao W, Oh DH, Cleaver JE, LeBoit PE, Costello JF, Lehmann AR, Gray JW, Spellman PT, Arron ST, Huh N, Purdom E, Cho RJ. Transcription restores DNA repair to heterochromatin, determining regional mutation rates in cancer genomes. Cell Rep. 2014 Nov 20; 9(4):1228-34.
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  15. Radenbaugh AJ, Ma S, Ewing A, Stuart JM, Collisson EA, Zhu J, Haussler D. RADIA: RNA and DNA Integrated Analysis for Somatic Mutation Detection. PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e111516.
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  16. Sherman MH, Yu RT, Engle DD, Ding N, Atkins AR, Tiriac H, Collisson EA, Connor F, Van Dyke T, Kozlov S, Martin P, Tseng TW, Dawson DW, Donahue TR, Masamune A, Shimosegawa T, Apte MV, Wilson JS, Ng B, Lau SL, Gunton JE, Wahl GM, Hunter T, Drebin JA, O'Dwyer PJ, Liddle C, Tuveson DA, Downes M, Evans RM. Vitamin d receptor-mediated stromal reprogramming suppresses pancreatitis and enhances pancreatic cancer therapy. Cell. 2014 Sep 25; 159(1):80-93.
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  17. Hoadley KA, Yau C, Wolf DM, Cherniack AD, Tamborero D, Ng S, Leiserson MD, Niu B, McLellan MD, Uzunangelov V, Zhang J, Kandoth C, Akbani R, Shen H, Omberg L, Chu A, Margolin AA, Van't Veer LJ, Lopez-Bigas N, Laird PW, Raphael BJ, Ding L, Robertson AG, Byers LA, Mills GB, Weinstein JN, Van Waes C, Chen Z, Collisson EA. Multiplatform analysis of 12 cancer types reveals molecular classification within and across tissues of origin. Cell. 2014 Aug 14; 158(4):929-44.
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  18. Comprehensive molecular profiling of lung adenocarcinoma. Nature. 2014 Jul 31; 511(7511):543-50.
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  19. Lin L, Asthana S, Chan E, Bandyopadhyay S, Martins MM, Olivas V, Yan JJ, Pham L, Wang MM, Bollag G, Solit DB, Collisson EA, Rudin CM, Taylor BS, Bivona TG. Mapping the molecular determinants of BRAF oncogene dependence in human lung cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Feb 18; 111(7):E748-57.
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  20. Nan X, Collisson EA, Lewis S, Huang J, Tamgüney TM, Liphardt JT, McCormick F, Gray JW, Chu S. Single-molecule superresolution imaging allows quantitative analysis of RAF multimer formation and signaling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 12; 110(46):18519-24.
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