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

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. Behr SC, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Li Y, Wang YH, Wei J, Moroz A, Lee JK, Hsiao JC, Gao KT, Ma W, Cha S, Wilson DM, Seo Y, Nelson SJ, Chang SM, Evans MJ. Targeting iron metabolism in high-grade glioma with 68Ga-citrate PET/MR. JCI Insight. 2018 Nov 02; 3(21).
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  2. Henry KE, Dacek MM, Dilling TR, Caen JD, Fox IL, Evans MJ, Lewis JS. A PET Imaging Strategy for Interrogating Target Engagement and Oncogene Status in Pancreatic Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Sep 18.
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  3. Moroz A, Lee CY, Wang YH, Hsiao JC, Sevillano N, Truillet C, Craik CS, Fong L, Wang CI, Evans MJ. A preclinical assessment of 89Zr-atezolizumab identifies a requirement for carrier added formulations not observed with 89Zr-C4. Bioconjug Chem. 2018 Sep 18.
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  4. Lux F, Tran VL, Thomas E, Dufort S, Rossetti F, Martini M, Truillet C, Doussineau T, Bort G, Denat F, Boschetti F, Angelovski G, Detappe A, Crémillieux Y, Mignet N, Doan BT, Larrat B, Meriaux S, Barbier E, Roux S, Fries P, Müller A, Abadjian MC, Anderson C, Canet-Soulas E, Bouziotis P, Barberi-Heyob M, Frochot C, Verry C, Balosso J, Evans M, Sidi-Boumedine J, Janier M, Butterworth K, McMahon S, Prise K, Aloy MT, Ardail D, Rodriguez-Lafrasse C, Porcel E, Lacombe S, Berbeco R, Allouch A, Perfettini JL, Chargari C, Deutsch E, Le Duc G, Tillement O. AGuIX® from bench to bedside-Transfer of an ultrasmall theranostic gadolinium-based nanoparticle to clinical medicine. Br J Radiol. 2018 Sep 18; 20180365.
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  5. Afshar-Oromieh A, Debus N, Uhrig M, Hope TA, Evans MJ, Holland-Letz T, Giesel FL, Kopka K, Hadaschik B, Kratochwil C, Haberkorn U. Impact of long-term androgen deprivation therapy on PSMA ligand PET/CT in patients with castration-sensitive prostate cancer. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2018 Jul 07.
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  6. Nguyen HG, Conn CS, Kye Y, Xue L, Forester CM, Cowan JE, Hsieh AC, Cunningham JT, Truillet C, Tameire F, Evans MJ, Evans CP, Yang JC, Hann B, Koumenis C, Walter P, Carroll PR, Ruggero D. Development of a stress response therapy targeting aggressive prostate cancer. Sci Transl Med. 2018 May 02; 10(439).
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  7. Truillet C, Parker MFL, Huynh LT, Wei J, Jami KM, Wang YH, Shen YS, Sriram R, Wilson DM, Kurhanewicz J, Evans MJ. Measuring glucocorticoid receptor expression in vivo with PET. Oncotarget. 2018 Apr 17; 9(29):20399-20408.
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  8. Martinko AJ, Truillet C, Julien O, Diaz JE, Horlbeck MA, Whiteley G, Blonder J, Weissman JS, Bandyopadhyay S, Evans MJ, Wells JA. Targeting RAS-driven human cancer cells with antibodies to upregulated and essential cell-surface proteins. Elife. 2018 Jan 23; 7.
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  9. Truillet C, Oh HLJ, Yeo SP, Lee CY, Huynh LT, Wei J, Parker MFL, Blakely C, Sevillano N, Wang YH, Shen YS, Olivas V, Jami KM, Moroz A, Jego B, Jaumain E, Fong L, Craik CS, Chang AJ, Bivona TG, Wang CI, Evans MJ. Imaging PD-L1 Expression with ImmunoPET. Bioconjug Chem. 2018 Jan 17; 29(1):96-103.
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  10. de Jesus Cortez F, Nguyen P, Truillet C, Tian B, Kuchenbecker KM, Evans MJ, Webb P, Jacobson MP, Fletterick RJ, England PM. Development of 5N-Bicalutamide, a High-Affinity Reversible Covalent Antiandrogen. ACS Chem Biol. 2017 12 15; 12(12):2934-2939.
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  11. Lue HW, Podolak J, Kolahi K, Cheng L, Rao S, Garg D, Xue CH, Rantala JK, Tyner JW, Thornburg KL, Martinez-Acevedo A, Liu JJ, Amling CL, Truillet C, Louie SM, Anderson KE, Evans MJ, O'Donnell VB, Nomura DK, Drake JM, Ritz A, Thomas GV. Metabolic reprogramming ensures cancer cell survival despite oncogenic signaling blockade. Genes Dev. 2017 10 15; 31(20):2067-2084.
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  12. Henry KE, Dilling TR, Abdel-Atti D, Edwards KJ, Evans MJ, Lewis JS. Noninvasive 89Zr-Transferrin PET Shows Improved Tumor Targeting Compared with 18F-FDG PET in MYC-Overexpressing Human Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2018 Jan; 59(1):51-57.
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  13. Aggarwal R, Behr SC, Paris PL, Truillet C, Parker MFL, Huynh LT, Wei J, Hann B, Youngren J, Huang J, Premasekharan G, 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 Sep; 15(9):1221-1229.
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  14. Mari Aparici C, Behr SC, Seo Y, Kelley RK, Corvera C, Gao KT, Aggarwal R, Evans MJ. Imaging Hepatocellular Carcinoma With 68Ga-Citrate PET: First Clinical Experience. Mol Imaging. 2017 Jan-Dec; 16:1536012117723256.
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  15. Truillet C, Cunningham JT, Parker MFL, Huynh LT, Conn CS, Ruggero D, Lewis JS, Evans MJ. Noninvasive Measurement of mTORC1 Signaling with 89Zr-Transferrin. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 15; 23(12):3045-3052.
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  16. Behr SC, Aggarwal R, Seo Y, Aparici CM, Chang E, Gao KT, Tao DH, Small EJ, Evans MJ. A Feasibility Study Showing [68Ga]Citrate PET Detects Prostate Cancer. Mol Imaging Biol. 2016 12; 18(6):946-951.
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  17. Hope TA, Truillet C, Ehman EC, Afshar-Oromieh A, Aggarwal R, Ryan CJ, Carroll PR, Small EJ, Evans MJ. 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET Imaging of Response to Androgen Receptor Inhibition: First Human Experience. J Nucl Med. 2017 Jan; 58(1):81-84.
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  18. Truillet C, Thomas E, Lux F, Huynh LT, Tillement O, Evans MJ. Synthesis and Characterization of (89)Zr-Labeled Ultrasmall Nanoparticles. Mol Pharm. 2016 07 05; 13(7):2596-601.
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  19. Liu W, Truillet C, Flavell RR, Brewer TF, Evans MJ, Wilson DM, Chang CJ. A reactivity-based [18F]FDG probe for in vivo formaldehyde imaging using positron emission tomography. Chem Sci. 2016 Aug 01; 7(8):5503-5507.
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  20. 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 06 17; 11(6):1587-94.
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