Research Summary

My research focuses on immunotherapy in cancer with a special focus on skin cancers such as melanoma. I have designed and conducted numerous Phase I and II clinical trials. A collaboration with Dr Richard Heller has resulted in intratumoral IL12 as a treatment for melanoma. At UCSF, I co-direct the melanoma program and am the PI of several early phase and melanoma specific clinical trials as well as collaborating with my colleagues Michael Rosenblum, Max Krummel, Matt Spitzer and Jeff Bluestone at UCSF as well as other national experts in melanoma patients progressing on immunotherapy. One of the areas I am interested in is immunotherapy with PD-1 antibodies and in understanding resistance to PD-1 especially site specific immunity.

Education

1987-1990, Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of F. Merlin Bumpus, PhD and Ahsan Husain, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
1990-1994, Research Assistant Staff, Laboratory of Loren Field, PhD, Krannert Institute of Cardiology. Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
1994-1997, Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
1997-2000, Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Honors & Awards

  • 1986
    Honors in Pediatrics, Government Medical College, Nagpur, India
  • 2000
    Young Investigator Award, American Society for Clinical Oncology for project "Regulation of mRNA stability by Elongation factor I."
  • 2005-2007
    Clinical Trial Award: Highest Number of Patients Enrolled in clinical trials at Moffitt Cancer Center
  • 2007-2010
    Best Doctors in America Award, Castle Connolly

Selected Publications

  1. Han M, Nguyen B, Lee JY, Browning E, Zhang J, Mukhopadhyay A, Gujar R, Salazar J, Hermiz R, Svenson L, Rolig AS, Redmond WL, Algazi AP, Daud AI, Canton DA, Twitty CG. Intratumoral Electroporation of Plasmid Encoded IL12 and Membrane-Anchored Anti-CD3 Increases Systemic Tumor Immunity. Mol Cancer Res. 2022 06 03; 20(6):983-995.  View on PubMed
  2. Huppert LA, Daud AI. Intratumoral therapies and in-situ vaccination for melanoma. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022 05 31; 18(3):1890512.  View on PubMed
  3. Lee JY, Nguyen B, Mukhopadhyay A, Han M, Zhang J, Gujar R, Salazar J, Hermiz R, Svenson L, Browning E, Lyerly HK, Canton DA, Fisher D, Daud A, Algazi A, Skitzki J, Twitty CG. Amplification of the CXCR3/CXCL9 axis via intratumoral electroporation of plasmid CXCL9 synergizes with plasmid IL-12 therapy to elicit robust anti-tumor immunity. Mol Ther Oncolytics. 2022 Jun 16; 25:174-188.  View on PubMed
  4. Pauken KE, Lagattuta KA, Lu BY, Lucca LE, Daud AI, Hafler DA, Kluger HM, Raychaudhuri S, Sharpe AH. TCR-sequencing in cancer and autoimmunity: barcodes and beyond. Trends Immunol. 2022 03; 43(3):180-194.  View on PubMed
  5. Combes AJ, Samad B, Tsui J, Chew NW, Yan P, Reeder GC, Kushnoor D, Shen A, Davidson B, Barczak AJ, Adkisson M, Edwards A, Naser M, Barry KC, Courau T, Hammoudi T, Argüello RJ, Rao AA, Olshen AB, Immunoprofiler Consortium, Cai C, Zhan J, Davis KC, Kelley RK, Chapman JS, Atreya CE, Patel A, Daud AI, Ha P, Diaz AA, Kratz JR, Collisson EA, Fragiadakis GK, Erle DJ, Boissonnas A, Asthana S, Chan V, Krummel MF. Discovering dominant tumor immune archetypes in a pan-cancer census. Cell. 2022 01 06; 185(1):184-203.e19.  View on PubMed
  6. Wu C, Chow M, Temby M, McCalmont TH, Daud A. Response to PD-1 Immunotherapy in Metastatic Spiradenocarcinoma. JCO Precis Oncol. 2021 11; 5:340-343.  View on PubMed
  7. Hamid O, Robert C, Daud A, Carlino MS, Mitchell TC, Hersey P, Schachter J, Long GV, Hodi FS, Wolchok JD, Arance A, Grob JJ, Joshua AM, Weber JS, Mortier L, Jensen E, Diede SJ, Moreno BH, Ribas A. Long-term outcomes in patients with advanced melanoma who had initial stable disease with pembrolizumab in KEYNOTE-001 and KEYNOTE-006. Eur J Cancer. 2021 11; 157:391-402.  View on PubMed
  8. Mehta P, Gouirand V, Boda DP, Zhang J, Gearty SV, Zirak B, Lowe MM, Clancy S, Boothby I, Mahuron KM, Fries A, Krummel MF, Mankoo P, Chang HW, Liu J, Moreau JM, Scharschmidt TC, Daud A, Kim E, Neuhaus IM, Harris HW, Liao W, Rosenblum MD. Layilin Anchors Regulatory T Cells in Skin. J Immunol. 2021 10 01; 207(7):1763-1775.  View on PubMed
  9. Huppert LA, Green MD, Kim L, Chow C, Leyfman Y, Daud AI, Lee JC. Tissue-specific Tregs in cancer metastasis: opportunities for precision immunotherapy. Cell Mol Immunol. 2022 01; 19(1):33-45.  View on PubMed
  10. Ahmad TR, Vasudevan HN, Lazar AA, Chan JW, George JR, Alvarado MD, Yu SS, Daud A, Yom SS. Should Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Status Guide Adjuvant Radiation Therapy in Patients With Merkel Cell Carcinoma? Adv Radiat Oncol. 2021 Nov-Dec; 6(6):100764.  View on PubMed
  11. Lee JC, Green MD, Huppert LA, Chow C, Pierce RH, Daud AI. The Liver-Immunity Nexus and Cancer Immunotherapy. Clin Cancer Res. 2022 01 01; 28(1):5-12.  View on PubMed
  12. Huppert LA, Daud AI. Pembrolizumab and Ipilimumab as Second-Line Therapy for Advanced Melanoma. J Clin Oncol. 2021 08 20; 39(24):2637-2639.  View on PubMed
  13. Pauken KE, Shahid O, Lagattuta KA, Mahuron KM, Luber JM, Lowe MM, Huang L, Delaney C, Long JM, Fung ME, Newcomer K, Tsai KK, Chow M, Guinn S, Kuchroo JR, Burke KP, Schenkel JM, Rosenblum MD, Daud AI, Sharpe AH, Singer M. Single-cell analyses identify circulating anti-tumor CD8 T cells and markers for their enrichment. J Exp Med. 2021 04 05; 218(4).  View on PubMed
  14. Nghiem P, Bhatia S, Lipson EJ, Sharfman WH, Kudchadkar RR, Brohl AS, Friedlander PA, Daud A, Kluger HM, Reddy SA, Boulmay BC, Riker A, Burgess MA, Hanks BA, Olencki T, Kendra K, Church C, Akaike T, Ramchurren N, Shinohara MM, Salim B, Taube JM, Jensen E, Kalabis M, Fling SP, Homet Moreno B, Sharon E, Cheever MA, Topalian SL. Three-year survival, correlates and salvage therapies in patients receiving first-line pembrolizumab for advanced Merkel cell carcinoma. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 04; 9(4).  View on PubMed
  15. Atkins MB, Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Fisher DE, Swetter SM, Tsao H, Aguirre-Ghiso JA, Soengas MS, Weeraratna AT, Flaherty KT, Herlyn M, Sosman JA, Tawbi HA, Pavlick AC, Cassidy PB, Chandra S, Chapman PB, Daud A, Eroglu Z, Ferris LK, Fox BA, Gershenwald JE, Gibney GT, Grossman D, Hanks BA, Hanniford D, Hernando E, Jeter JM, Johnson DB, Khleif SN, Kirkwood JM, Leachman SA, Mays D, Nelson KC, Sondak VK, Sullivan RJ, Merlino G, Melanoma Research Foundation. The State of Melanoma: Emergent Challenges and Opportunities. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 05 15; 27(10):2678-2697.  View on PubMed
  16. Robert C, Hwu WJ, Hamid O, Ribas A, Weber JS, Daud AI, Hodi FS, Wolchok JD, Mitchell TC, Hersey P, Dronca R, Joseph RW, Boutros C, Min L, Long GV, Schachter J, Puzanov I, Dummer R, Lin J, Ibrahim N, Diede SJ, Carlino MS, Joshua AM. Long-term safety of pembrolizumab monotherapy and relationship with clinical outcome: A landmark analysis in patients with advanced melanoma. Eur J Cancer. 2021 02; 144:182-191.  View on PubMed
  17. Algazi AP, Othus M, Daud AI, Lo RS, Mehnert JM, Truong TG, Conry R, Kendra K, Doolittle GC, Clark JI, Messino MJ, Moore DF, Lao C, Faller BA, Govindarajan R, Harker-Murray A, Dreisbach L, Moon J, Grossmann KF, Ribas A. Continuous versus intermittent BRAF and MEK inhibition in patients with BRAF-mutated melanoma: a randomized phase 2 trial. Nat Med. 2020 10; 26(10):1564-1568.  View on PubMed
  18. Lee JC, Mehdizadeh S, Smith J, Young A, Mufazalov IA, Mowery CT, Daud A, Bluestone JA. Regulatory T cell control of systemic immunity and immunotherapy response in liver metastasis. Sci Immunol. 2020 10 02; 5(52).  View on PubMed
  19. Mahuron KM, Moreau JM, Glasgow JE, Boda DP, Pauli ML, Gouirand V, Panjabi L, Grewal R, Luber JM, Mathur AN, Feldman RM, Shifrut E, Mehta P, Lowe MM, Alvarado MD, Marson A, Singer M, Wells J, Jupp R, Daud AI, Rosenblum MD. Layilin augments integrin activation to promote antitumor immunity. J Exp Med. 2020 09 07; 217(9).  View on PubMed
  20. Grossman D, Okwundu N, Bartlett EK, Marchetti MA, Othus M, Coit DG, Hartman RI, Leachman SA, Berry EG, Korde L, Lee SJ, Bar-Eli M, Berwick M, Bowles T, Buchbinder EI, Burton EM, Chu EY, Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Curtis JA, Daud A, Deacon DC, Ferris LK, Gershenwald JE, Grossmann KF, Hu-Lieskovan S, Hyngstrom J, Jeter JM, Judson-Torres RL, Kendra KL, Kim CC, Kirkwood JM, Lawson DH, Leming PD, Long GV, Marghoob AA, Mehnert JM, Ming ME, Nelson KC, Polsky D, Scolyer RA, Smith EA, Sondak VK, Stark MS, Stein JA, Thompson JA, Thompson JF, Venna SS, Wei ML, Swetter SM. Prognostic Gene Expression Profiling in Cutaneous Melanoma: Identifying the Knowledge Gaps and Assessing the Clinical Benefit. JAMA Dermatol. 2020 09 01; 156(9):1004-1011.  View on PubMed

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