Research Summary

I am a physician-scientist broadly interested in translational oncology and am currently an Instructor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and postdoctoral research fellow in the Feng Lab (http://fenglaboratory.com/) and Ashworth Lab. My research interests include investigating the role of CDK12 in prostate cancer, understanding mechanisms of therapeutic resistance, and identifying novel targets to better treat genitourinary malignancies. I completed my PhD dissertation with the late Dr. Zena Werb, and studied transcriptional regulation of metastasis and the tumor microenvironment.

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. 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
  2. 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 Jun 09.  View on PubMed
  3. 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
  4. 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 Jun; 79(6):717-721.  View on PubMed
  5. 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
  6. 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 Mar 01; 27(5):1305-1315.  View on PubMed
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Owyong M, Chou J, van den Bijgaart RJ, Kong N, Efe G, Maynard C, Talmi-Frank D, Solomonov I, Koopman C, Hadler-Olsen E, Headley M, Lin C, Wang CY, Sagi I, Werb Z, Plaks V. MMP9 modulates the metastatic cascade and immune landscape for breast cancer anti-metastatic therapy. Life Sci Alliance. 2019 12; 2(6).  View on PubMed
  12. Reimers MA, Yip SM, Zhang L, Cieslik M, Dhawan M, Montgomery B, Wyatt AW, Chi KN, Small EJ, Chinnaiyan AM, Alva AS, Feng FY, Chou J. Clinical Outcomes in Cyclin-dependent Kinase 12 Mutant Advanced Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol. 2020 03; 77(3):333-341.  View on PubMed
  13. Kothari V, Goodwin JF, Zhao SG, Drake JM, Yin Y, Chang SL, Evans JR, Wilder-Romans K, Gabbara K, Dylgjeri E, Chou J, Sun G, Tomlins SA, Mehra R, Hege K, Filvaroff EH, Schaeffer EM, Karnes RJ, Quigley DA, Rathkopf DE, He HH, Speers C, Spratt DE, Gilbert LA, Ashworth A, Chinnaiyan AM, Raj GV, Knudsen KE, Feng FY. DNA-Dependent Protein Kinase Drives Prostate Cancer Progression through Transcriptional Regulation of the Wnt Signaling Pathway. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 09 15; 25(18):5608-5622.  View on PubMed
  14. Zhao SG, Chen WS, Das R, Chang SL, Tomlins SA, Chou J, Quigley DA, Dang HX, Barnard TJ, Mahal BA, Gibb EA, Liu Y, Davicioni E, Duska LR, Posadas EM, Jolly S, Spratt DE, Nguyen PL, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Clinical and Genomic Implications of Luminal and Basal Subtypes Across Carcinomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 04 15; 25(8):2450-2457.  View on PubMed
  15. Quigley DA, Dang HX, Zhao SG, Lloyd P, Aggarwal R, Alumkal JJ, Foye A, Kothari V, Perry MD, Bailey AM, Playdle D, Barnard TJ, Zhang L, Zhang J, Youngren JF, Cieslik MP, Parolia A, Beer TM, Thomas G, Chi KN, Gleave M, Lack NA, Zoubeidi A, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte O, Ryan CJ, Fong L, Kim W, Friedlander T, Chou J, Li H, Das R, Li H, Moussavi-Baygi R, Goodarzi H, Gilbert LA, Lara PN, Evans CP, Goldstein TC, Stuart JM, Tomlins SA, Spratt DE, Cheetham RK, Cheng DT, Farh K, Gehring JS, Hakenberg J, Liao A, Febbo PG, Shon J, Sickler B, Batzoglou S, Knudsen KE, He HH, Huang J, Wyatt AW, Dehm SM, Ashworth A, Chinnaiyan AM, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Genomic Hallmarks and Structural Variation in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2018 10 18; 175(3):889.  View on PubMed
  16. Quigley DA, Dang HX, Zhao SG, Lloyd P, Aggarwal R, Alumkal JJ, Foye A, Kothari V, Perry MD, Bailey AM, Playdle D, Barnard TJ, Zhang L, Zhang J, Youngren JF, Cieslik MP, Parolia A, Beer TM, Thomas G, Chi KN, Gleave M, Lack NA, Zoubeidi A, Reiter RE, Rettig MB, Witte O, Ryan CJ, Fong L, Kim W, Friedlander T, Chou J, Li H, Das R, Li H, Moussavi-Baygi R, Goodarzi H, Gilbert LA, Lara PN, Evans CP, Goldstein TC, Stuart JM, Tomlins SA, Spratt DE, Cheetham RK, Cheng DT, Farh K, Gehring JS, Hakenberg J, Liao A, Febbo PG, Shon J, Sickler B, Batzoglou S, Knudsen KE, He HH, Huang J, Wyatt AW, Dehm SM, Ashworth A, Chinnaiyan AM, Maher CA, Small EJ, Feng FY. Genomic Hallmarks and Structural Variation in Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2018 07 26; 174(3):758-769.e9.  View on PubMed
  17. Wu YM, Cieslik M, Lonigro RJ, Vats P, Reimers MA, Cao X, Ning Y, Wang L, Kunju LP, de Sarkar N, Heath EI, Chou J, Feng FY, Nelson PS, de Bono JS, Zou W, Montgomery B, Alva A, PCF/SU2C International Prostate Cancer Dream Team , Robinson DR, Chinnaiyan AM. Inactivation of CDK12 Delineates a Distinct Immunogenic Class of Advanced Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2018 06 14; 173(7):1770-1782.e14.  View on PubMed
  18. Kornberg Z, Chou J, Feng FY, Ryan CJ. Prostate cancer in the era of "Omic" medicine: recognizing the importance of DNA damage repair pathways. Ann Transl Med. 2018 May; 6(9):161.  View on PubMed
  19. Devignes CS, Aslan Y, Brenot A, Devillers A, Schepers K, Fabre S, Chou J, Casbon AJ, Werb Z, Provot S. HIF signaling in osteoblast-lineage cells promotes systemic breast cancer growth and metastasis in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 01 30; 115(5):E992-E1001.  View on PubMed
  20. Shahi P, Wang CY, Chou J, Hagerling C, Gonzalez Velozo H, Ruderisch A, Yu Y, Lai MD, Werb Z. GATA3 targets semaphorin 3B in mammary epithelial cells to suppress breast cancer progression and metastasis. Oncogene. 2017 10 05; 36(40):5567-5575.  View on PubMed

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