University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD

Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Pediatric Malignancies


University of Iowa, B.S August, 1988, Physiology
Washington University School of Medicine, Ph.D., May, 1997, Developmental Biology
Washington University School of Medicine, M.D., May, 1997, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Resident, 1997-99, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 1999-03, Hematology/Oncology
University of California, San Francisco, Post-Doctoral Fellow,2001-2007,Immunology

Professional Experience

  • 1988-1989
    Research Assistant I. Project: Isolation and characterization of genes involved in early events of meiotic recombination in S. Cerevisiae Dr. Robert E. Malone, University of Iowa
  • 1990-1997
    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Medical Scientist Training Program. Thesis: Chimeric transgenic mouse models of gut epithelial biology. Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon, Washington University
  • 1999-2003
    Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2001-2007
    Post-doctoral Fellow, Immunology. Research project: Role of CD45 in autoimmunity and lymphoproliferation. Mentor: Dr. Arthur Weiss, UCSF
  • 2002-2004
    Adjunct Instructor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2004-2007
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2007-2011
    Assistant Professor, In Residence, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2011-present
    Associate Professor, In Residence, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1987
    Mortar Board Honor Society, University of Iowa
  • 1988
    Honors Graduate, University of Iowa
  • 1988
    University of Iowa Homecoming Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service
  • 1990
    Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, Washington University
  • 1990
    Edmond V. Cowdry Prize in Histology, Washington University
  • 1993
    Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation Medical Scientist Fellowship, Washington University
  • 1995
    Barbara Jackshik Award for Excellence in the Field of Cellular Regulation, Washington University
  • 1996
    American College of Physicians Award for Excellence in Physical Diagnosis
  • 1997
    American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, presented to women graduating in the top ten percent of their medical school class
  • 1997
    Missouri State Medical Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine
  • 1997
    Alpha Omega Alpha, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1997
    UCSF Molecular Medicine Research Fellowship Program
  • 2001
    Molecular Oncology Investigator, University of California San Francisco Cancer Center
  • 2004
    FASEB Summer Protein Phosphatase Research Conference Poster Award
  • 2005
    Nominee, Department of Pediatrics Housestaff Teaching Award, UCSF
  • 2007-10
    Nominee, Fellow Mentoring Award, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF
  • 2008
    St. Baldrick's Foundation, Young Investigator Career Development Award
  • 2009
    Alex Lemonade Stand Young Investigator Career Development Award
  • 2010
    Histiocyte Society Nezelof Prize in Basic Science

Selected Publications

  1. McNally JP, Millen SH, Chaturvedi V, Lakes N, Terrell CE, Elfers EE, Carroll KR, Hogan SP, Andreassen PR, Kanter J, Allen CE, Henry MM, Greenberg JN, Ladisch S, Hermiston ML, Joyce M, Hildeman DA, Katz JD, Jordan MB. Manipulating DNA damage-response signaling for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 13; 114(24):E4782-E4791.
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  2. Delgado-Martin C, Meyer LK, Huang BJ, Shimano KA, Zinter MS, Nguyen JV, Smith GA, Taunton J, Winter SS, Roderick JR, Kelliher MA, Horton TM, Wood BL, Teachey DT, Hermiston ML. JAK/STAT pathway inhibition overcomes IL7-induced glucocorticoid resistance in a subset of human T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias. Leukemia. 2017 May 09.
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  3. Galardy PJ, Bedekovics T, Hermiston ML. Targeting childhood, adolescent and young adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma: therapeutic horizons. Br J Haematol. 2016 May; 173(4):625-36.
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  4. Jones CL, Gearheart CM, Fosmire S, Delgado-Martin C, Evensen NA, Bride K, Waanders AJ, Pais F, Wang J, Bhatla T, Bitterman DS, de Rijk SR, Bourgeois W, Dandekar S, Park E, Burleson TM, Madhusoodhan PP, Teachey DT, Raetz EA, Hermiston ML, Müschen M, Loh ML, Hunger SP, Zhang J, Garabedian MJ, Porter CC, Carroll WL. MAPK signaling cascades mediate distinct glucocorticoid resistance mechanisms in pediatric leukemia. Blood. 2015 Nov 05; 126(19):2202-12.
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  5. Mills RE, Lam VC, Tan A, Cresalia N, Oksenberg N, Zikherman J, Anderson M, Weiss A, Hermiston ML. Unbiased modifier screen reveals that signal strength determines the regulatory role murine TLR9 plays in autoantibody production. J Immunol. 2015 Apr 15; 194(8):3675-86.
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  6. Maude SL, Dolai S, Delgado-Martin C, Vincent T, Robbins A, Selvanathan A, Ryan T, Hall J, Wood AC, Tasian SK, Hunger SP, Loh ML, Mullighan CG, Wood BL, Hermiston ML, Grupp SA, Lock RB, Teachey DT. Efficacy of JAK/STAT pathway inhibition in murine xenograft models of early T-cell precursor (ETP) acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood. 2015 Mar 12; 125(11):1759-67.
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  7. Shannon K, Hermiston M. A(nother) RAF mutation in LCH. Blood. 2014 May 15; 123(20):3063-5.
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  8. Zikherman J, Parameswaran R, Hermiston M, Weiss A. The structural wedge domain of the receptor-like tyrosine phosphatase CD45 enforces B cell tolerance by regulating substrate specificity. J Immunol. 2013 Mar 15; 190(6):2527-35.
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  9. Li M, Jones L, Gaillard C, Binnewies M, Ochoa R, Garcia E, Lam V, Wei G, Yang W, Lobe C, Hermiston M, Passegué E, Kogan SC. Initially disadvantaged, TEL-AML1 cells expand and initiate leukemia in response to irradiation and cooperating mutations. Leukemia. 2013 Jul; 27(7):1570-3.
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  10. Zhang J, Ding L, Holmfeldt L, Wu G, Heatley SL, Payne-Turner D, Easton J, Chen X, Wang J, Rusch M, Lu C, Chen SC, Wei L, Collins-Underwood JR, Ma J, Roberts KG, Pounds SB, Ulyanov A, Becksfort J, Gupta P, Huether R, Kriwacki RW, Parker M, McGoldrick DJ, Zhao D, Alford D, Espy S, Bobba KC, Song G, Pei D, Cheng C, Roberts S, Barbato MI, Campana D, Coustan-Smith E, Shurtleff SA, Raimondi SC, Kleppe M, Cools J, Shimano KA, Hermiston ML, Doulatov S, Eppert K, Laurenti E, Notta F, Dick JE, Basso G, Hunger SP, Loh ML, Devidas M, Wood B, Winter S, Dunsmore KP, Fulton RS, Fulton LL, Hong X, Harris CC, Dooling DJ, Ochoa K, Johnson KJ, Obenauer JC, Evans WE, Pui CH, Naeve CW, Ley TJ, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Mullighan CG. The genetic basis of early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Nature. 2012 Jan 11; 481(7380):157-63.
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  11. Wang X, Takagawa J, Lam VC, Haddad DJ, Tobler DL, Mok PY, Zhang Y, Clifford BT, Pinnamaneni K, Saini SA, Su R, Bartel MJ, Sievers RE, Carbone L, Kogan S, Yeghiazarians Y, Hermiston M, Springer ML. Donor myocardial infarction impairs the therapeutic potential of bone marrow cells by an interleukin-1-mediated inflammatory response. Sci Transl Med. 2011 Sep 14; 3(100):100ra90.
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  12. Zikherman J, Hermiston M, Steiner D, Hasegawa K, Chan A, Weiss A. PTPN22 deficiency cooperates with the CD45 E613R allele to break tolerance on a non-autoimmune background. J Immunol. 2009 Apr 01; 182(7):4093-106.
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  13. Grochowy G, Hermiston ML, Kuhny M, Weiss A, Huber M. Requirement for CD45 in fine-tuning mast cell responses mediated by different ligand-receptor systems. Cell Signal. 2009 Aug; 21(8):1277-86.
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  14. Sabnis AJ, Cheung LS, Dail M, Kang HC, Santaguida M, Hermiston ML, Passegué E, Shannon K, Braun BS. Oncogenic Kras initiates leukemia in hematopoietic stem cells. PLoS Biol. 2009 Mar 17; 7(3):e59.
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  15. Hermiston ML, Zikherman J, Zhu JW. CD45, CD148, and Lyp/Pep: critical phosphatases regulating Src family kinase signaling networks in immune cells. Immunol Rev. 2009 Mar; 228(1):288-311.
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  16. Hermiston ML, Zikherman J, Tan AL, Lam VC, Cresalia NM, Oksenberg N, Goren N, Brassat D, Oksenberg JR, Weiss A. Differential impact of the CD45 juxtamembrane wedge on central and peripheral T cell receptor responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jan 13; 106(2):546-51.
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  17. Gupta VA, Hermiston ML, Cassafer G, Daikh DI, Weiss A. B cells drive lymphocyte activation and expansion in mice with the CD45 wedge mutation and Fas deficiency. J Exp Med. 2008 Nov 24; 205(12):2755-61.
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  18. Modica R, Emery H, Lam W, Hermiston M, Grenert J, Wirt M, von Scheven E. Epstein-Barr virus-associated B cell lymphoproliferative disease in a child with neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease. Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Oct 15; 55(5):823-5.
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  19. Hesslein DG, Takaki R, Hermiston ML, Weiss A, Lanier LL. Dysregulation of signaling pathways in CD45-deficient NK cells leads to differentially regulated cytotoxicity and cytokine production. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 May 02; 103(18):7012-7.
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  20. Hermiston ML, Tan AL, Gupta VA, Majeti R, Weiss A. The juxtamembrane wedge negatively regulates CD45 function in B cells. Immunity. 2005 Dec; 23(6):635-47.
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