Research Summary

I am a physician-scientist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and an attending in the Genitourinary Medical Oncology Clinic at UCSF. I am broadly interested in cancer biology and translational oncology. I completed my postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Felix Feng and Dr. Alan Ashworth at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our current research projects include investigating the role of CDK12 in prostate cancer, understanding resistance mechanisms to antibody-drug conjugates, and identifying novel surface protein targets for prostate and bladder cancers. I completed my PhD dissertation with the late Dr. Zena Werb, and studied transcriptional regulation of metastasis and the tumor microenvironment.

Research Funding

  • September 15, 2022 - September 15, 2027 - Defining the roles of PPARgamma and TGFbeta in regulating NECTIN4 and resistance to NECTIN4-targeting therapies , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: K08CA273514
  • January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2024 - Discovering Precision Oncology Approaches for CDK12-Deficient Prostate Cancer , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: Prostate Cancer Foundation, Sponsor Award ID: 20YOUN06
  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2024 - Understanding the Role of CDK12 and Identifying Immunotherapy and Synthetic Lethal Targeting Strategies , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: Department of Defense, Sponsor Award ID: W81XWH2010136
  • February 4, 2023 - February 4, 2023 - The Role of Precision Therapy in the Treatment of CDK12 Altered Metastatic Prostate Cancer , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: Prostate Cancer Foundation, Sponsor Award ID: PCF 2020 Bristol-Myers Squibb-PCF

Education

  • Stanford University, B.S. with Honors, 06/2006 Biology, minor in Chemistry
  • University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D., 05/2012, Biomedical Sciences
  • University of California, San Francisco, M.D., 05/2014, Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Resident, 06/2016, Internal Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 06/2019, Hematology/Medical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • Young Investigator Award, Prostate Cancer Foundation, 2020
  • Physician Research Award, Department of Defense, Prostate Cancer Research Program, 2019
  • A.P. Giannini Postdoctoral Fellow, A.P. Giannini Foundation, 2018
  • Rosenberg Fellowship in Genitourinary Oncology, UCSF, Division of Hematology/Oncology, 2018
  • Clinical Fellow Award, UCSF, Division of Hematology/Oncology, 2017
  • Quinlan Fellowship in Genitourinary Oncology, UCSF, Division of Hematology/Oncology, 2017
  • T32 Fellow in Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Cancer, UCSF, Helen Diller Cancer Center, 2017
  • Poster Winner, UCSF Breast Oncology Retreat, 2014
  • Invited Mini-Symposium Speaker - Cancer Cell Biology, American Society of Cell Biology Annual Meeting - SF, 2013
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Program, 2010
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, California Breast Cancer Research Program, 2009
  • Dean's Award for Academic Accomplishment, Stanford University, 2006
  • Firestone Medal for Undergraduate Thesis, Stanford University, 2006
  • Goldwater Scholar, Goldwater Foundation, 2003

Selected Publications

  1. Chopra S, Trepka K, Sakhamuri S, Carretero-González A, Zhu J, Egusa E, Zhou J, Leung K, Zhao N, Hooshdaran N, Feng FY, Wells JA, Chou J, Evans MJ. Theranostic targeting of CUB domain containing protein 1 (CDCP1) in multiple subtypes of bladder cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2023 Jan 17.  View on PubMed
  2. Kwon DH, Shakhnazaryan N, Shui D, Hong JC, Mohamad O, de Kouchkovsky I, Borno HT, Bose R, Chou J, Desai A, Fong L, Friedlander TW, Koshkin VS, Aggarwal RR, Feng FY, Hope TA, Small EJ. Serial stereotactic body radiation therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer detected by novel PET-based radiotracers. Urol Oncol. 2022 Nov 24.  View on PubMed
  3. Chou J, Egusa EA, Wang S, Badura ML, Lee F, Bidkar AP, Zhu J, Shenoy T, Trepka K, Robinson TM, Steri V, Huang J, Wang Y, Small EJ, Chan E, Stohr BA, Ashworth A, Delafontaine B, Rottey S, Cooke KS, Hashemi Sadraei N, Yu B, Salvati M, Bailis JM, Feng FY, Flavell RR, Aggarwal R. Immunotherapeutic targeting and PET imaging of DLL3 in small cell neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Cancer Res. 2022 Nov 09.  View on PubMed
  4. O'Leary PC, Chen H, Doruk YU, Williamson T, Polacco B, McNeal AS, Shenoy T, Kale N, Carnevale J, Stevenson E, Quigley DA, Chou J, Feng FY, Swaney DL, Krogan NJ, Kim M, Diolaiti ME, Ashworth A. Resistance to ATR Inhibitors Is Mediated by Loss of the Nonsense-Mediated Decay Factor UPF2. Cancer Res. 2022 11 02; 82(21):3950-3961.  View on PubMed
  5. Sjöström M, Zhao SG, Levy S, Zhang M, Ning Y, Shrestha R, Lundberg A, Herberts C, Foye A, Aggarwal R, Hua JT, Li H, Bergamaschi A, Maurice-Dror C, Maheshwari A, Chen S, Ng SWS, Ye W, Petricca J, Fraser M, Chesner L, Perry MD, Moreno-Rodriguez T, Chen WS, Alumkal JJ, Chou J, Morgans AK, Beer TM, Thomas GV, Gleave M, Lloyd P, Phillips T, McCarthy E, Haffner MC, Zoubeidi A, Annala M, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte ON, Fong L, Bose R, Huang FW, Luo J, Bjartell A, Lang JM, Mahajan NP, Lara PN, Evans CP, Tran PT, Posadas EM, He C, Cui XL, Huang J, Zwart W, Gilbert LA, Maher CA, Boutros PC, Chi KN, Ashworth A, Small EJ, He HH, Wyatt AW, Quigley DA, Feng FY. The 5-Hydroxymethylcytosine Landscape of Prostate Cancer. Cancer Res. 2022 11 02; 82(21):3888-3902.  View on PubMed
  6. Zhao N, Chopra S, Trepka K, Wang YH, Sakhamuri S, Hooshdaran N, Kim H, Zhou J, Lim SA, Leung KK, Egusa EA, Zhu J, Zhang L, Foye A, Sriram R, Chan E, Seo Y, Feng FY, Small EJ, Chou J, Wells JA, Aggarwal R, Evans MJ. CUB Domain-Containing Protein 1 (CDCP1) Is a Target for Radioligand Therapy in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, including PSMA Null Disease. Clin Cancer Res. 2022 07 15; 28(14):3066-3075.  View on PubMed
  7. Natesan D, Zhang L, Martell HJ, Jindal T, Devine P, Stohr B, Espinosa-Mendez C, Grenert J, Van Ziffle J, Joseph N, Umetsu S, Onodera C, Turski M, Chan E, Desai A, Aggarwal R, Wong A, Porten S, Chou J, Friedlander T, Fong L, Small EJ, Sweet-Cordero A, Koshkin VS. APOBEC Mutational Signature and Tumor Mutational Burden as Predictors of Clinical Outcomes and Treatment Response in Patients With Advanced Urothelial Cancer. Front Oncol. 2022; 12:816706.  View on PubMed
  8. Chou J, Trepka K, Sjöström M, Egusa EA, Chu CE, Zhu J, Chan E, Gibb EA, Badura ML, Contreras-Sanz A, Stohr BA, Meng MV, Pruthi RS, Lotan Y, Black PC, Porten SP, Koshkin VS, Friedlander TW, Feng FY. TROP2 Expression Across Molecular Subtypes of Urothelial Carcinoma and Enfortumab Vedotin-resistant Cells. Eur Urol Oncol. 2022 Dec; 5(6):714-718.  View on PubMed
  9. Jindal T, Chou J, Friedlander T, Barata PC, Koshkin VS. Repeat Treatment of Patients With Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Following Prior Progression on a Checkpoint Inhibitor Regimen: A Case Series. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2022 04; 20(2):189-194.  View on PubMed
  10. Koshkin VS, Henderson N, James M, Natesan D, Freeman D, Nizam A, Su CT, Khaki AR, Osterman CK, Glover MJ, Chiang R, Makrakis D, Talukder R, Lemke E, Olsen TA, Jain J, Jang A, Ali A, Jindal T, Chou J, Friedlander TW, Hoimes C, Basu A, Zakharia Y, Barata PC, Bilen MA, Emamekhoo H, Davis NB, Shah SA, Milowsky MI, Gupta S, Campbell MT, Grivas P, Sonpavde GP, Kilari D, Alva AS. Efficacy of enfortumab vedotin in advanced urothelial cancer: Analysis from the Urothelial Cancer Network to Investigate Therapeutic Experiences (UNITE) study. Cancer. 2022 Mar 15; 128(6):1194-1205.  View on PubMed
  11. Das R, Sjöström M, Shrestha R, Yogodzinski C, Egusa EA, Chesner LN, Chen WS, Chou J, Dang DK, Swinderman JT, Ge A, Hua JT, Kabir S, Quigley DA, Small EJ, Ashworth A, Feng FY, Gilbert LA. An integrated functional and clinical genomics approach reveals genes driving aggressive metastatic prostate cancer. Nat Commun. 2021 07 29; 12(1):4601.  View on PubMed
  12. Chu CE, Sjöström M, Egusa EA, Gibb EA, Badura ML, Zhu J, Koshkin VS, Stohr BA, Meng MV, Pruthi RS, Friedlander TW, Lotan Y, Black PC, Porten SP, Feng FY, Chou J. Heterogeneity in NECTIN4 Expression Across Molecular Subtypes of Urothelial Cancer Mediates Sensitivity to Enfortumab Vedotin. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 09 15; 27(18):5123-5130.  View on PubMed
  13. de Kouchkovsky I, Zhang L, Philip EJ, Wright F, Kim DM, Natesan D, Kwon D, Ho H, Ho S, Chan E, Porten SP, Wong AC, Desai A, Huang FW, Chou J, Oh DY, Pruthi RS, Fong L, Small EJ, Friedlander TW, Koshkin VS. TERT promoter mutations and other prognostic factors in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma treated with an immune checkpoint inhibitor. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 05; 9(5).  View on PubMed
  14. Chu CE, Alshalalfa M, Sjöström M, Zhao SG, Liu Y, Chou J, Herlemann A, Mahal B, Kishan AU, Spratt DE, Cooperberg M, Small E, Wong A, Porten S, Hope TA, Ross AE, Davicioni E, Nguyen P, Karnes RJ, Carroll PR, Schaeffer E, Feng FY. Prostate-specific Membrane Antigen and Fluciclovine Transporter Genes are Associated with Variable Clinical Features and Molecular Subtypes of Primary Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2021 06; 79(6):717-721.  View on PubMed
  15. 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 06 15; 127(12):1965-1973.  View on PubMed
  16. 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
  17. Atreya CE, Collisson EA, Park M, Grenert JP, Behr SC, Gonzalez A, Chou J, Maisel S, Friedlander TW, Freise CE, Shoji J, Semrad TJ, Van Ziffle J, Chin-Hong P. Molecular Insights in Transmission of Cancer From an Organ Donor to Four Transplant Recipients. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2020 11; 18(11):1446-1452.  View on PubMed
  18. Chen WS, Haynes WA, Waitz R, Kamath K, Vega-Crespo A, Shrestha R, Zhang M, Foye A, Baselga Carretero I, Perez Garcilazo I, Zhang M, Zhao SG, Sjöström M, Quigley DA, Chou J, Beer TM, Rettig M, Gleave M, Evans CP, Lara P, Chi KN, Reiter RE, Alumkal JJ, Ashworth A, Aggarwal R, Small EJ, Daugherty PS, Ribas A, Oh DY, Shon JC, Feng FY. Autoantibody Landscape in Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 12 01; 26(23):6204-6214.  View on PubMed
  19. Zhao SG, Chen WS, Li H, Foye A, Zhang M, Sjöström M, Aggarwal R, Playdle D, Liao A, Alumkal JJ, Das R, Chou J, Hua JT, Barnard TJ, Bailey AM, Chow ED, Perry MD, Dang HX, Yang R, Moussavi-Baygi R, Zhang L, Alshalalfa M, Laura Chang S, Houlahan KE, Shiah YJ, Beer TM, Thomas G, Chi KN, Gleave M, Zoubeidi A, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte O, Yvonne Kim M, Fong L, Spratt DE, Morgan TM, Bose R, Huang FW, Li H, Chesner L, Shenoy T, Goodarzi H, Asangani IA, Sandhu S, Lang JM, Mahajan NP, Lara PN, Evans CP, Febbo P, Batzoglou S, Knudsen KE, He HH, Huang J, Zwart W, Costello JF, Luo J, Tomlins SA, Wyatt AW, Dehm SM, Ashworth A, Gilbert LA, Boutros PC, Farh K, Chinnaiyan AM, Maher CA, Small EJ, Quigley DA, Feng FY. The DNA methylation landscape of advanced prostate cancer. Nat Genet. 2020 08; 52(8):778-789.  View on PubMed
  20. Chou J, Quigley DA, Robinson TM, Feng FY, Ashworth A. Transcription-Associated Cyclin-Dependent Kinases as Targets and Biomarkers for Cancer Therapy. Cancer Discov. 2020 03; 10(3):351-370.  View on PubMed

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