Research Summary

I am a Medical Oncologist within the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California San Francisco. My clinical practice focuses on patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies with a particular emphasis on genitourinary malignancies including prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular cancer. I serve as the Co-Leader for the GU Medical Oncology program at UCSF.

My research focus is on developing novel therapies and imaging modalities for patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies, with a focus on patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Research Funding

  • June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2022 - Targeting Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Using Multi-Probe Hyperpolarized 13C MRI for Improved Treatment and Therapeutic Monitoring, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA215694
  • June 1, 2019 - April 30, 2021 - Immunogenic Priming with Lu-PSMA Targeted Therapy in Advanced Prostate Cancer, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA229354
  • June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2022 - Targeting Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Using Multi-Probe Hyperpolarized 13C MRI for Improved Treatment and Therapeutic Monitoring, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA215694
  • June 1, 2019 - April 30, 2021 - Immunogenic Priming with Lu-PSMA Targeted Therapy in Advanced Prostate Cancer, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA229354

Education

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA, 1999-2002, Psychology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, MD, 2002-2006, Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    James Alton James Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    James A. Patten Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    Phi Beta Kappa Centennial Award, Northwestern University
  • 2002
    Summa Cum Laude, Northwestern University
  • 2004
    Department of Medicine Chairman’s Award, Northwestern University School of Medicine
  • 2005
    Member Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
  • 2011
    Pfizer Fellowships in Oncology Award in collaboration with UCSF Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine
  • 2012
    Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology/Conquer Cancer Foundation
  • 2012
    Inaugural Recipient, Ronald A. Rosenberg Fellowship in Genitourinary Medical Oncology, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2013
    Alliance Cooperative Group Scholar Award
  • 2014
    The Sence Foundation Award
  • 2015
    Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 2016
    Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Physician Research Training Award
  • 2016
    UCSF Helen Diller Family Early Phase Clinical Research Support Grant
  • 2016
    National Cancer Institute Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Selected Publications

  1. Kwon DH, Karthikeyan S, Chang A, Borno HT, Koshkin VS, Desai A, Bose R, Friedlander T, Rodvelt T, Li P, Small EJ, Aggarwal RR, Belkora J. Mobile Audio Recording Technology to Promote Informed Decision Making in Advanced Prostate Cancer. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 Dec 21; OP2100480.  View on PubMed
  2. Singh N, Ramnarine VR, Song JH, Pandey R, Padi SKR, Nouri M, Olive V, Kobelev M, Okumura K, McCarthy D, Hanna MM, Mukherjee P, Sun B, Lee BR, Parker JB, Chakravarti D, Warfel NA, Zhou M, Bearss JJ, Gibb EA, Alshalalfa M, Karnes RJ, Small EJ, Aggarwal R, Feng F, Wang Y, Buttyan R, Zoubeidi A, Rubin M, Gleave M, Slack FJ, Davicioni E, Beltran H, Collins C, Kraft AS. The long noncoding RNA H19 regulates tumor plasticity in neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Nat Commun. 2021 12 21; 12(1):7349.  View on PubMed
  3. de Kouchkovsky I, Chen HY, Ohliger MA, Wang ZJ, Bok RA, Gordon JW, Larson PEZ, Frost M, Okamoto K, Cooperberg MR, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB, Aggarwal R. Hyperpolarized 1-[13C]-Pyruvate Magnetic Resonance Imaging Detects an Early Metabolic Response to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy in Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2021 Nov 07.  View on PubMed
  4. Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Panchal N, Bang A, Zhang L, Graff RE, Chen YH, Ryan CJ, Luke A, Newton RU, Tenggara I, Schultz B, Wang E, Lavaki E, Zuniga K, Pinto N, Borno H, Aggarwal R, Friedlander T, Koshkin VS, Harzstark A, Small E, Chan JM. Feasibility, safety, and acceptability of a remotely monitored exercise pilot CHAMP: A Clinical trial of High-intensity Aerobic and resistance exercise for Metastatic castrate-resistant Prostate cancer. Cancer Med. 2021 Oct 12.  View on PubMed
  5. Qin H, Tang S, Riselli AM, Bok RA, Delos Santos R, van Criekinge M, Gordon JW, Aggarwal R, Chen R, Goddard G, Zhang CT, Chen A, Reed G, Ruscitto DM, Slater J, Sriram R, Larson PEZ, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J. Clinical translation of hyperpolarized 13 C pyruvate and urea MRI for simultaneous metabolic and perfusion imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2021 Aug 10.  View on PubMed
  6. Mansfield AS, Hong DS, Hann CL, Farago AF, Beltran H, Waqar SN, Hendifar AE, Anthony LB, Taylor MH, Bryce AH, Tagawa ST, Lewis K, Niu J, Chung CH, Cleary JM, Rossi M, Ludwig C, Valenzuela R, Luo Y, Aggarwal R. A phase I/II study of rovalpituzumab tesirine in delta-like 3-expressing advanced solid tumors. NPJ Precis Oncol. 2021 Aug 05; 5(1):74.  View on PubMed
  7. Pollock Y, Zhang L, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Rodvelt T, Rabow M, Macaire G, Weinberg R, Topp K, Friedlander T, Lin A, Fong L, Kim W, Ma B, Hough J, Lee M, Paciorek A, Ryan CJ, Chan JM, Small E, Aggarwal R. A multidisciplinary team-based approach with lifestyle modification and symptom management to address the impact of androgen deprivation therapy in prostate cancer: A randomized phase II study. Urol Oncol. 2021 Oct; 39(10):730.e9-730.e15.  View on PubMed
  8. Taza F, Holler AE, Fu W, Wang H, Adra N, Albany C, Ashkar R, Cheng HH, Sokolova AO, Agarwal N, Kessel A, Bryce A, Nafissi N, Barata P, Sartor AO, Bastos D, Smaletz O, Berchuck JE, Taplin ME, Aggarwal R, Sternberg CN, Vlachostergios PJ, Alva AS, Su C, Marshall CH, Antonarakis ES. Differential Activity of PARP Inhibitors in BRCA1- Versus BRCA2-Altered Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer. JCO Precis Oncol. 2021; 5.  View on PubMed
  9. Lee PM, Chen HY, Gordon JW, Zhu Z, Larson PEZ, Dwork N, Van Criekinge M, Carvajal L, Ohliger MA, Wang ZJ, Xu D, Kurhanewicz J, Bok RA, Aggarwal R, Munster PN, Vigneron DB. Specialized computational methods for denoising, B1 correction, and kinetic modeling in hyperpolarized 13 C MR EPSI studies of liver tumors. Magn Reson Med. 2021 Jul 03.  View on PubMed
  10. de Kouchkovsky I, Aggarwal R, Hope TA. Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-based imaging in localized and advanced prostate cancer: a narrative review. Transl Androl Urol. 2021 Jul; 10(7):3130-3143.  View on PubMed
  11. Kim DH, Sun D, Storck WK, Welker Leng K, Jenkins C, Coleman DJ, Sampson D, Guan X, Kumaraswamy A, Rodansky ES, Urrutia JA, Schwartzman JA, Zhang C, Beltran H, Labrecque MP, Morrissey C, Lucas JM, Coleman IM, Nelson PS, Corey E, Handelman SK, Sexton JZ, Aggarwal R, Abida W, Feng FY, Small EJ, Spratt DE, Bankhead A, Rao A, Gesner EM, Attwell S, Lakhotia S, Campeau E, Yates JA, Xia Z, Alumkal JJ. BET Bromodomain Inhibition Blocks an AR-Repressed, E2F1-Activated Treatment-Emergent Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer Lineage Plasticity Program. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Sep 01; 27(17):4923-4936.  View on PubMed
  12. Sinha M, Zhang L, Subudhi S, Chen B, Marquez J, Liu EV, Allaire K, Cheung A, Ng S, Nguyen C, Friedlander TW, Aggarwal R, Spitzer M, Allison JP, Small EJ, Sharma P, Fong L. Pre-existing immune status associated with response to combination of sipuleucel-T and ipilimumab in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 05; 9(5).  View on PubMed
  13. Chen E, Cario CL, Leong L, Lopez K, Márquez CP, Li PS, Oropeza E, Tenggara I, Cowan J, Simko JP, Kageyama R, Wells DK, Chan JM, Friedlander T, Aggarwal R, Paris PL, Feng F, Carroll PR, Witte JS. Cell-Free DNA Detection of Tumor Mutations in Heterogeneous, Localized Prostate Cancer Via Targeted, Multiregion Sequencing. JCO Precis Oncol. 2021; 5.  View on PubMed
  14. Kwon DH, Chou J, Yip SM, Reimers MA, Zhang L, Wright F, Dhawan MS, Borno HT, Desai A, Aggarwal RR, Wyatt AW, Small EJ, Alva AS, Chi KN, Feng FY, Koshkin VS. Differential treatment outcomes in BRCA1/2-, CDK12-, and ATM-mutated metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Cancer. 2021 Jun 15; 127(12):1965-1973.  View on PubMed
  15. Chen E, Cario CL, Leong L, Lopez K, Márquez CP, Chu C, Li PS, Oropeza E, Tenggara I, Cowan J, Simko JP, Chan JM, Friedlander T, Wyatt AW, Aggarwal R, Paris PL, Carroll PR, Feng F, Witte JS. Cell-free DNA concentration and fragment size as a biomarker for prostate cancer. Sci Rep. 2021 Mar 03; 11(1):5040.  View on PubMed
  16. Sun J, Bok RA, DeLos Santos J, Upadhyay D, DeLos Santos R, Agarwal S, Van Criekinge M, Vigneron DB, Aggarwal R, Peehl DM, Kurhanewicz J, Sriram R. Resistance to Androgen Deprivation Leads to Altered Metabolism in Human and Murine Prostate Cancer Cell and Tumor Models. Metabolites. 2021 Feb 26; 11(3).  View on PubMed
  17. Kwon DH, Vashisht R, Borno HT, Aggarwal RR, Small EJ, Butte AJ, Huang FW. Androgen-deprivation therapy and SARS-CoV-2 in men with prostate cancer: findings from the University of California Health System registry. Ann Oncol. 2021 05; 32(5):678-679.  View on PubMed
  18. Chen W, Mou KY, Solomon P, Aggarwal R, Leung KK, Wells JA. Large remodeling of the Myc-induced cell surface proteome in B cells and prostate cells creates new opportunities for immunotherapy. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 01 26; 118(4).  View on PubMed
  19. Kwon DH, Aggarwal RR, Esserman LJ, Belkora JK. Prime Time for Consultation Audio Recordings: Supporting Shared Decision Making During and After the COVID-19 Era. JCO Oncol Pract. 2021 04; 17(4):161-163.  View on PubMed
  20. Wang S, Li J, Hua J, Su Y, Beckford-Vera DR, Zhao W, Jayaraman M, Huynh TL, Zhao N, Wang YH, Huang Y, Qin F, Shen S, Gioeli D, Dreicer R, Sriram R, Egusa EA, Chou J, Feng FY, Aggarwal R, Evans MJ, Seo Y, Liu B, Flavell RR, He J. Molecular Imaging of Prostate Cancer Targeting CD46 Using ImmunoPET. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 03 01; 27(5):1305-1315.  View on PubMed

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