University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
John Gordan, MD, PhD

John Gordan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics

Research Summary

I am a physician scientist focused on the treatment and study of primary liver cancers. I attend in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Group and run a research group in the Quantitive Biosciences Institute. My laboratory applies proteomic methods to identify novel targets and improve the application of existing therapeutics for liver cancers including hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma and fibrolamellar liver cancer. We have three major areas of investigation:

1. Mapping oncogenic kinase signaling and its response to targeted therapeutics to define biomarkers and combination treatments for clinically relevant agents

2. Characterizing the impact of hepatitis viruses on liver cancer and its response to treatment

3. Developing small molecule strategies to target Hippo pathway dysregulation

Education

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, BA, 06/2001, Biochemistry
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, PhD, 12/2007, Cancer Biology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, MD, 05/2009, Medicine
UC San Francisco, Resident, 06/2011, Internal Medicine
UC San Francisco, Clinical Fellow, 07/12, Hematology/Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 2009-2011
    Resident, Internal Medicine and Molecular Medicine Training Program, UCSF
  • 2011-2015
    Fellow, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF, Research phase in the laboratory of Kevan Shokat
  • 2015 - present
    Adjunct Instructor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2007
    Nachmias Thimann Prize for Outstanding Graduate Research in Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008
    AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholars Award
  • 2008
    Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008
    AOA Medical Honor Society.
  • 2009
    Kanovsky Prize for the best medical student entering Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
  • 2015
    American Society for Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award
  • 2016
    Finalist, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists
  • 2017
    Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Research Fellowship

Selected Publications

  1. Frazier NM, Brand T, Gordan JD, Grandis J, Jura N. Overexpression-mediated activation of MET in the Golgi promotes HER3/ERBB3 phosphorylation. Oncogene. 2018 Nov 02.
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  2. Song X, Liu X, Wang H, Wang J, Qiao Y, Cigliano A, Utpatel K, Ribback S, Pilo MG, Serra M, Gordan JD, Che L, Zhang S, Cossu A, Porcu A, Pascale RM, Dombrowski F, Hu H, Calvisi DF, Evert M, Chen X. Combined CDK4/6 and pan-mTOR inhibition is synergistic against intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Jul 03.
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  3. Donnella HJ, Webber JT, Levin RS, Camarda R, Momcilovic O, Bayani N, Shah KN, Korkola JE, Shokat KM, Goga A, Gordan JD, Bandyopadhyay S. Kinome rewiring reveals AURKA limits PI3K-pathway inhibitor efficacy in breast cancer. Nat Chem Biol. 2018 Jun 25.
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  4. Lim HC, Montesion M, Botton T, Collisson EA, Umetsu SE, Behr SC, Gordan JD, Stephens PJ, Kelley RK. Hybrid Capture-Based Tumor Sequencing and Copy Number Analysis to Confirm Origin of Metachronous Metastases in BRCA1-Mutant Cholangiocarcinoma Harboring a Novel YWHAZ-BRAF Fusion. Oncologist. 2018 Apr 05.
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  5. Wang J, Dong M, Xu Z, Song X, Zhang S, Qiao Y, Che L, Gordan J, Hu K, Liu Y, Calvisi DF, Chen X. Notch2 controls hepatocyte-derived cholangiocarcinoma formation in mice. Oncogene. 2018 Mar 16.
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  6. Rajaram S, Heinrich LE, Gordan JD, Avva J, Bonness KM, Witkiewicz AK, Malter JS, Atreya CE, Warren RS, Wu LF, Altschuler SJ. Sampling strategies to capture single-cell heterogeneity. Nat Methods. 2017 Oct; 14(10):967-970.
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  7. Zhang S, Song X, Cao D, Xu Z, Fan B, Che L, Hu J, Chen B, Dong M, Pilo MG, Cigliano A, Evert K, Ribback S, Dombrowski F, Pascale RM, Cossu A, Vidili G, Porcu A, Simile MM, Pes GM, Giannelli G, Gordan J, Wei L, Evert M, Cong W, Calvisi DF, Chen X. Pan-mTOR inhibitor MLN0128 is effective against intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in mice. J Hepatol. 2017 Dec; 67(6):1194-1203.
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  8. Urisman A, Levin RS, Gordan JD, Webber JT, Hernandez H, Ishihama Y, Shokat KM, Burlingame AL. An Optimized Chromatographic Strategy for Multiplexing In Parallel Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry: Insights from Quantitation of Activated Kinases. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2017 02; 16(2):265-277.
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  9. Miller RE, Brough R, Bajrami I, Williamson CT, McDade S, Campbell J, Kigozi A, Rafiq R, Pemberton H, Natrajan R, Joel J, Astley H, Mahoney C, Moore JD, Torrance C, Gordan JD, Webber JT, Levin RS, Shokat KM, Bandyopadhyay S, Lord CJ, Ashworth A. Synthetic Lethal Targeting of ARID1A-Mutant Ovarian Clear Cell Tumors with Dasatinib. Mol Cancer Ther. 2016 07; 15(7):1472-84.
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  10. Saha SK, Gordan JD, Kleinstiver BP, Vu P, Najem MS, Yeo JC, Shi L, Kato Y, Levin RS, Webber JT, Damon LJ, Egan RK, Greninger P, McDermott U, Garnett MJ, Jenkins RL, Rieger-Christ KM, Sullivan TB, Hezel AF, Liss AS, Mizukami Y, Goyal L, Ferrone CR, Zhu AX, Joung JK, Shokat KM, Benes CH, Bardeesy N. Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Mutations Confer Dasatinib Hypersensitivity and SRC Dependence in Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma. Cancer Discov. 2016 07; 6(7):727-39.
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  11. Evason KJ, Francisco MT, Juric V, Balakrishnan S, Lopez Pazmino Mdel P, Gordan JD, Kakar S, Spitsbergen J, Goga A, Stainier DY. Identification of Chemical Inhibitors of ß-Catenin-Driven Liver Tumorigenesis in Zebrafish. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jul; 11(7):e1005305.
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  12. Martins MM, Zhou AY, Corella A, Horiuchi D, Yau C, Rakshandehroo T, Gordan JD, Levin RS, Johnson J, Jascur J, Shales M, Sorrentino A, Cheah J, Clemons PA, Shamji AF, Schreiber SL, Krogan NJ, Shokat KM, McCormick F, Goga A, Bandyopadhyay S. Linking tumor mutations to drug responses via a quantitative chemical-genetic interaction map. Cancer Discov. 2015 Feb; 5(2):154-67.
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  13. Sos ML, Levin RS, Gordan JD, Oses-Prieto JA, Webber JT, Salt M, Hann B, Burlingame AL, McCormick F, Bandyopadhyay S, Shokat KM. Oncogene mimicry as a mechanism of primary resistance to BRAF inhibitors. Cell Rep. 2014 Aug 21; 8(4):1037-48.
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  14. Dondeti VR, Wubbenhorst B, Lal P, Gordan JD, D'Andrea K, Attiyeh EF, Simon MC, Nathanson KL. Integrative genomic analyses of sporadic clear cell renal cell carcinoma define disease subtypes and potential new therapeutic targets. Cancer Res. 2012 Jan 01; 72(1):112-21.
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  15. Gordan JD, Chay WY, Kelley RK, Ko AH, Choo SP, Venook AP. "And what other medications are you taking?". J Clin Oncol. 2011 Apr 10; 29(11):e288-91.
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  16. Bertout JA, Majmundar AJ, Gordan JD, Lam JC, Ditsworth D, Keith B, Brown EJ, Nathanson KL, Simon MC. HIF2alpha inhibition promotes p53 pathway activity, tumor cell death, and radiation responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Aug 25; 106(34):14391-6.
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  17. Wright TM, Brannon AR, Gordan JD, Mikels AJ, Mitchell C, Chen S, Espinosa I, van de Rijn M, Pruthi R, Wallen E, Edwards L, Nusse R, Rathmell WK. Ror2, a developmentally regulated kinase, promotes tumor growth potential in renal cell carcinoma. Oncogene. 2009 Jul 09; 28(27):2513-23.
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  18. Gordan JD, Lal P, Dondeti VR, Letrero R, Parekh KN, Oquendo CE, Greenberg RA, Flaherty KT, Rathmell WK, Keith B, Simon MC, Nathanson KL. HIF-alpha effects on c-Myc distinguish two subtypes of sporadic VHL-deficient clear cell renal carcinoma. Cancer Cell. 2008 Dec 09; 14(6):435-46.
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  19. Young RM, Wang SJ, Gordan JD, Ji X, Liebhaber SA, Simon MC. Hypoxia-mediated selective mRNA translation by an internal ribosome entry site-independent mechanism. J Biol Chem. 2008 Jun 13; 283(24):16309-19.
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  20. Gordan JD, Thompson CB, Simon MC. HIF and c-Myc: sibling rivals for control of cancer cell metabolism and proliferation. Cancer Cell. 2007 Aug; 12(2):108-13.
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