University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Pamela Munster, MD

Pamela Munster, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), UCSF; Director, Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit, Co-leader of the Center for BRCA Research, and Leader, Experimental Therapeutics Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics | Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

My clinical research interests are first-in-human early phase clinical trials of novel compounds and alternative strategies for the treatment and prevention of cancer. I have been involved in clinical and translational research in early phase clinical trials since 1998. As the program leader for Development Therapeutics and the PI of a peer-reviewed basic science lab, my main focus is on translating preclinical findings into early-stage clinical trials with extensive PK and integration of PD correlative studies and molecular imaging for patients with advanced stage cancer.

My basic research interest is centered on the role of epigenetic modification in therapy resistance in breast cancer and epigenetic priming. In addition to studying basic mechanisms of hormone therapy resistance, we have shown that epigenetic modification plays a crucial role in the hormonal regulation and carcinogenesis of breast cancer.

Education

Kantonsschule Sargans, Switzerland, Baccalaureate, 1983, Sciences, Liberal Arts
University of Bern Switzerland, Doctorate, 1990, Medicine
University of Bern Switzerland, MD Thesis, 1992, Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 1998
    John Mendelsohn House staff Teaching Award
  • 1999
    AACR-AFLAC Young Investigators Scholar Award 1999
  • 2000, 2001
    Byrne Fund Award
  • 2003-2005
    Don Shula Career Development Award, 2003-2005
  • 2007-2008
    Greatest Number of Investigator-Initiated Trials Written & Implemented, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  • 2008
    Research Highlights, Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Selected Publications

  1. Sachdev JC, Munster P, Northfelt DW, Han HS, Ma C, Maxwell F, Wang T, Belanger B, Zhang B, Moore Y, Thiagalingam A, Anders C. Phase I study of liposomal irinotecan in patients with metastatic breast cancer: findings from the expansion phase. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Nov 17.
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  2. Bao R, Surriga O, Olson DJ, Allred JB, Strand CA, Zha Y, Carll T, Labadie BW, Bastos BR, Butler M, Hogg D, Musi E, Ambrosini G, Munster P, Schwartz GK, Luke JJ. Transcriptional analysis of metastatic uveal melanoma survival nominates NRP1 as a therapeutic target. Melanoma Res. 2020 Nov 06.
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  3. De Souza A, Tavora FA, Mahalingam D, Munster PN, Safran HP, El-Deiry WS, Carneiro BA. Commentary: GSK-3 Inhibition as a Therapeutic Approach Against SARs CoV2: Dual Benefit of Inhibiting Viral Replication While Potentiating the Immune Response. Front Immunol. 2020; 11:595289.
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  4. Siu L, Brody J, Gupta S, Marabelle A, Jimeno A, Munster P, Grilley-Olson J, Rook AH, Hollebecque A, Wong RKS, Welsh JW, Wu Y, Morehouse C, Hamid O, Walcott F, Cooper ZA, Kumar R, Ferté C, Hong DS. Safety and clinical activity of intratumoral MEDI9197 alone and in combination with durvalumab and/or palliative radiation therapy in patients with advanced solid tumors. J Immunother Cancer. 2020 Oct; 8(2).
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  5. Hong DS, Fakih MG, Strickler JH, Desai J, Durm GA, Shapiro GI, Falchook GS, Price TJ, Sacher A, Denlinger CS, Bang YJ, Dy GK, Krauss JC, Kuboki Y, Kuo JC, Coveler AL, Park K, Kim TW, Barlesi F, Munster PN, Ramalingam SS, Burns TF, Meric-Bernstam F, Henary H, Ngang J, Ngarmchamnanrith G, Kim J, Houk BE, Canon J, Lipford JR, Friberg G, Lito P, Govindan R, Li BT. KRASG12C Inhibition with Sotorasib in Advanced Solid Tumors. N Engl J Med. 2020 09 24; 383(13):1207-1217.
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  6. Terranova-Barberio M, Pawlowska N, Dhawan M, Moasser M, Chien AJ, Melisko ME, Rugo H, Rahimi R, Deal T, Daud A, Rosenblum MD, Thomas S, Munster PN. Exhausted T cell signature predicts immunotherapy response in ER-positive breast cancer. Nat Commun. 2020 07 17; 11(1):3584.
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  7. Färkkilä A, Gulhan DC, Casado J, Jacobson CA, Nguyen H, Kochupurakkal B, Maliga Z, Yapp C, Chen YA, Schapiro D, Zhou Y, Graham JR, Dezube BJ, Munster P, Santagata S, Garcia E, Rodig S, Lako A, Chowdhury D, Shapiro GI, Matulonis UA, Park PJ, Hautaniemi S, Sorger PK, Swisher EM, D'Andrea AD, Konstantinopoulos PA. Author Correction: Immunogenomic profiling determines responses to combined PARP and PD-1 inhibition in ovarian cancer. Nat Commun. 2020 05 18; 11(1):2543.
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  8. Färkkilä A, Gulhan DC, Casado J, Jacobson CA, Nguyen H, Kochupurakkal B, Maliga Z, Yapp C, Chen YA, Schapiro D, Zhou Y, Graham JR, Dezube BJ, Munster P, Santagata S, Garcia E, Rodig S, Lako A, Chowdhury D, Shapiro GI, Matulonis UA, Park PJ, Hautaniemi S, Sorger PK, Swisher EM, D'Andrea AD, Konstantinopoulos PA. Immunogenomic profiling determines responses to combined PARP and PD-1 inhibition in ovarian cancer. Nat Commun. 2020 03 19; 11(1):1459.
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  9. Munster P, Mita M, Mahipal A, Nemunaitis J, Massard C, Mikkelsen T, Cruz C, Paz-Ares L, Hidalgo M, Rathkopf D, Blumenschein G, Smith DC, Eichhorst B, Cloughesy T, Filvaroff EH, Li S, Raymon H, de Haan H, Hege K, Bendell JC. First-In-Human Phase I Study Of A Dual mTOR Kinase And DNA-PK Inhibitor (CC-115) In Advanced Malignancy. Cancer Manag Res. 2019; 11:10463-10476.
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  10. Garrett SB, Matthews TM, Abramson CM, Koenig CJ, Hlubocky FJ, Daugherty CK, Munster PN, Dohan D. Before Consent: Qualitative Analysis of Deliberations of Patients With Advanced Cancer About Early-Phase Clinical Trials. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 01; 16(1):e56-e63.
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  11. Guglin M, Tamura R, Krischer J, Munster PN. Reply: Strategies to Prevent Cardiotoxicity. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 10 01; 74(13):1737-1738.
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  12. Luke JJ, Olson DJ, Allred JB, Strand CA, Bao R, Zha Y, Carll T, Labadie BW, Bastos BR, Butler MO, Hogg D, Munster PN, Schwartz GK. Randomized Phase II Trial and Tumor Mutational Spectrum Analysis from Cabozantinib versus Chemotherapy in Metastatic Uveal Melanoma (Alliance A091201). Clin Cancer Res. 2020 02 15; 26(4):804-811.
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  13. Wolin E, Mita A, Mahipal A, Meyer T, Bendell J, Nemunaitis J, Munster PN, Paz-Ares L, Filvaroff EH, Li S, Hege K, de Haan H, Mita M. A phase 2 study of an oral mTORC1/mTORC2 kinase inhibitor (CC-223) for non-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors with or without carcinoid symptoms. PLoS One. 2019; 14(9):e0221994.
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  14. Rubenstein JL, Geng H, Vu K, Mannis G, Formaker P, Hwang J, Munster PN, Damato B. Maintenance lenalidomide in primary CNS lymphoma. Ann Oncol. 2019 08 01; 30(8):1397-1398.
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  15. Hong D, Rasco D, Veeder M, Luke JJ, Chandler J, Balmanoukian A, George TJ, Munster P, Berlin JD, Gutierrez M, Mita A, Wakelee H, Samakoglu S, Guan S, Dimery I, Graef T, Borazanci E. A Phase 1b/2 Study of the Bruton Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Ibrutinib and the PD-L1 Inhibitor Durvalumab in Patients with Pretreated Solid Tumors. Oncology. 2019; 97(2):102-111.
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  16. Konstantinopoulos PA, Waggoner S, Vidal GA, Mita M, Moroney JW, Holloway R, Van Le L, Sachdev JC, Chapman-Davis E, Colon-Otero G, Penson RT, Matulonis UA, Kim YB, Moore KN, Swisher EM, Färkkilä A, D'Andrea A, Stringer-Reasor E, Wang J, Buerstatte N, Arora S, Graham JR, Bobilev D, Dezube BJ, Munster P. Single-Arm Phases 1 and 2 Trial of Niraparib in Combination With Pembrolizumab in Patients With Recurrent Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Carcinoma. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Jun 13.
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  17. Guglin M, Krischer J, Tamura R, Fink A, Bello-Matricaria L, McCaskill-Stevens W, Munster PN. Randomized Trial of Lisinopril Versus Carvedilol to Prevent Trastuzumab Cardiotoxicity in Patients With Breast Cancer. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 06 11; 73(22):2859-2868.
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  18. Wieduwilt MJ, Pawlowska N, Thomas S, Olin R, Logan AC, Damon LE, Martin T, Kang M, Sayre PH, Boyer W, Gaensler KML, Anderson K, Munster PN, Andreadis C. Histone Deacetylase Inhibition with Panobinostat Combined with Intensive Induction Chemotherapy in Older Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Phase I Study Results. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 08 15; 25(16):4917-4923.
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  19. Algazi AP, Rotow J, Posch C, Ortiz-Urda S, Pelayo A, Munster PN, Daud A. A dual pathway inhibition strategy using BKM120 combined with vemurafenib is poorly tolerated in BRAF V600E/K mutant advanced melanoma. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2019 07; 32(4):603-606.
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  20. Zhu Z, Zhu X, Ohliger MA, Tang S, Cao P, Carvajal L, Autry AW, Li Y, Kurhanewicz J, Chang S, Aggarwal R, Munster P, Xu D, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Gordon JW. Coil combination methods for multi-channel hyperpolarized 13C imaging data from human studies. J Magn Reson. 2019 04; 301:73-79.
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