University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michael Evans, PhD

Michael Evans, PhD

Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Prostate Cancer | Experimental Therapeutics

Research Summary

The central aim of my lab’s research is to develop novel biomarkers to non-invasively measure oncogene activity in cancer to improve diagnosis and the assessment of drug pharmacodynamics. This is a highly interdisciplinary research program, and I recruit students and postdocs that generally have a specialized background (i.e. a strong training in organic chemistry or cell biology, but not both), and train them in the other areas required of a well round molecular imaging researcher. Our projects span all aspects of biomarker development, from discovery with “omic” technologies, to refinement of lead agents to improve bioactivity in vivo. The majority of our de novo radiotracer development focuses on small molecule organic chemistry, and our antibody radiotracer development programs involves new bioconjugation chemistry, and defining and exploiting the biological mechanisms that underwrite the aberrant expression of cell surface receptors in cancer.

Education

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, MD, BA, 2001, Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, PhD, 2007, Chemical Biology
Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, Postdoctoral, 2013, Molecular Imaging, Cancer Biology


Professional Experience

  • 2013-2013
    Senior Research Scientist, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, MSKCC
  • 2013-present
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2005
    1st Place Presentation, TSRI Faculty-Student Retreat
  • 2007-2010
    R25T Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (administered via MSKCC)
  • 2011-2012
    Research Grant, Brain Tumor Center, MSKCC
  • 2012
    Pathway to Independence Award, NCI
  • 2012-2014
    Research Grant, Imaging and Radiation Sciences Bridge Program, MSKCC
  • 2013
    Poster Award, World Molecular Imaging Congress, Savannah, GA
  • 2013
    David H. Koch Young Investigator Award, Prostate Cancer Foundation

Selected Publications

  1. Aggarwal R, Behr S, Paris PL, Truillet C, Parker MFL, Huynh LT, Wei J, Hann B, Youngren J, Premasekharan G, Huang J, Ranatunga N, Chang E, Gao KT, Ryan CJ, Small EJ, Evans MJ. Real time transferrin-based PET detects MYC-positive prostate cancer. Mol Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 07.
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  2. Truillet C, Cunningham JT, Parker MF, Huynh LT, Conn CS, Ruggero D, Lewis JS, Evans MJ. Non-invasive measurement of mTORC1 signaling with 89Zr-transferrin. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Dec 22.
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  3. Hope TA, Truillet CC, Ehman EC, Afshar-Oromieh A, Aggarwal R, Ryan CJ, Carroll PR, Small EJ, Evans MJ. Imaging Response to Androgen Receptor Inhibition Using 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET: First Human Experience. J Nucl Med. 2016 Sep 22.
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  4. Truillet C, Thomas E, Lux F, Huynh LT, Tillement O, Evans MJ. Synthesis and Characterization of (89)Zr-Labeled Ultrasmall Nanoparticles. Mol Pharm. 2016 Jul 5; 13(7):2596-601.
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  5. Behr SC, Aggarwal R, Seo Y, Aparici CM, Chang E, Gao KT, Tao DH, Small EJ, Evans MJ. A Feasibility Study Showing [(68)Ga]Citrate PET Detects Prostate Cancer. Mol Imaging Biol. 2016 May 16.
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  6. Drake CR, Sevillano N, Truillet C, Craik CS, VanBrocklin HF, Evans MJ. Site-Specific Radiofluorination of Biomolecules with 8-[(18)F]-Fluorooctanoic Acid Catalyzed by Lipoic Acid Ligase. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Jun 17; 11(6):1587-94.
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  7. Liu, W.; Truillet, C.; Flavell, R.R.; Brewer, T.; Evans, M.J.; Wilson, D.M.; Chang, C.. A Reactivity-Based [18F]FDG Probe for In Vivo Formaldehyde Imaging Using Positron Emission Tomography. Chemical Science. 2016; (7):5503-5507.
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  8. Carroll, V.N.; Truillet, C.; Shen, B.; Flavell, R.R.; Shao, X.; Evans, M.J.; VanBrocklin, H.F.; Scott, P.H.J.; Chin, F.T.; Wilson, D.M.. 11C-Ascorbic and 11C-dehydroascorbic acid, an endogenous redox pair for sensing reactive oxygen species using positron emission tomography. Chemical Communications. 2016; 27(52):4888-4890.
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  9. Doran MG, Carnazza KE, Steckler JM, Spratt DE, Truillet C, Wongvipat J, Sawyers CL, Lewis JS, Evans MJ. Applying (89)Zr-Transferrin To Study the Pharmacology of Inhibitors to BET Bromodomain Containing Proteins. Mol Pharm. 2016 Feb 1; 13(2):683-8.
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  10. Flavell RR, Truillet C, Regan MK, Ganguly T, Blecha JE, Kurhanewicz J, VanBrocklin HF, Keshari KR, Chang CJ, Evans MJ, Wilson DM. Caged [(18)F]FDG Glycosylamines for Imaging Acidic Tumor Microenvironments Using Positron Emission Tomography. Bioconjug Chem. 2016 Jan 20; 27(1):170-8.
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  11. Spratt DE, Evans MJ, Davis BJ, Doran MG, Lee MX, Shah N, Wongvipat J, Carnazza KE, Klee GG, Polkinghorn W, Tindall DJ, Lewis JS, Sawyers CL. Androgen Receptor Upregulation Mediates Radioresistance after Ionizing Radiation. Cancer Res. 2015 Nov 15; 75(22):4688-96.
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  12. Gerdtsson A, Poon JB, Thorek DL, Mucci LA, Evans MJ, Scardino P, Abrahamsson PA, Nilsson P, Manjer J, Bjartell A, Malm J, Vickers A, Freedland SJ, Lilja H, Ulmert D. Anthropometric Measures at Multiple Times Throughout Life and Prostate Cancer Diagnosis, Metastasis, and Death. Eur Urol. 2015 Dec; 68(6):1076-82.
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  13. Doran MG, Watson PA, Cheal SM, Spratt DE, Wongvipat J, Steckler JM, Carrasquillo JA, Evans MJ, Lewis JS. Annotating STEAP1 regulation in prostate cancer with 89Zr immuno-PET. J Nucl Med. 2014 Dec; 55(12):2045-9.
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  14. Huang CH, Lujambio A, Zuber J, Tschaharganeh DF, Doran MG, Evans MJ, Kitzing T, Zhu N, de Stanchina E, Sawyers CL, Armstrong SA, Lewis JS, Sherr CJ, Lowe SW. CDK9-mediated transcription elongation is required for MYC addiction in hepatocellular carcinoma. Genes Dev. 2014 Aug 15; 28(16):1800-14.
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  15. Cheal SM, Punzalan B, Doran MG, Evans MJ, Osborne JR, Lewis JS, Zanzonico P, Larson SM. Pairwise comparison of 89Zr- and 124I-labeled cG250 based on positron emission tomography imaging and nonlinear immunokinetic modeling: in vivo carbonic anhydrase IX receptor binding and internalization in mouse xenografts of clear-cell renal cell carcinoma. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2014 May; 41(5):985-94.
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  16. Doran MG, Spratt DE, Wongvipat J, Ulmert D, Carver BS, Sawyers CL, Evans MJ. Cabozantinib resolves bone scans in tumor-naïve mice harboring skeletal injuries. Mol Imaging. 2014; 13.
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  17. Zeglis BM, Houghton JL, Evans MJ, Viola-Villegas N, Lewis JS. Underscoring the influence of inorganic chemistry on nuclear imaging with radiometals. Inorg Chem. 2014 Feb 17; 53(4):1880-99.
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  18. Viola-Villegas NT, Rice SL, Carlin S, Wu X, Evans MJ, Sevak KK, Drobjnak M, Ragupathi G, Sawada R, Scholz WW, Livingston PO, Lewis JS. Applying PET to broaden the diagnostic utility of the clinically validated CA19.9 serum biomarker for oncology. J Nucl Med. 2013 Nov; 54(11):1876-82.
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  19. Thorek DL, Evans MJ, Carlsson SV, Ulmert D, Lilja H. Prostate-specific kallikrein-related peptidases and their relation to prostate cancer biology and detection. Established relevance and emerging roles. Thromb Haemost. 2013 Sep; 110(3):484-92.
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  20. Balbas MD, Evans MJ, Hosfield DJ, Wongvipat J, Arora VK, Watson PA, Chen Y, Greene GL, Shen Y, Sawyers CL. Overcoming mutation-based resistance to antiandrogens with rational drug design. Elife. 2013; 2:e00499.
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