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. 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 Sep 01.  View on PubMed
  2. 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. 2021 Aug 20.  View on PubMed
  3. Lee JC, Green MD, Huppert LA, Chow C, Pierce RH, Daud AI. The Liver-Immunity Nexus and Cancer Immunotherapy. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Jul 20.  View on PubMed
  4. Huppert LA, Daud AI. Pembrolizumab and Ipilimumab as Second-Line Therapy for Advanced Melanoma. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Aug 20; 39(24):2637-2639.  View on PubMed
  5. 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
  6. 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 Apr; 9(4).  View on PubMed
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Puzanov I, Ribas A, Robert C, Schachter J, Nyakas M, Daud A, Arance A, Carlino MS, O'Day SJ, Long GV, Margolin KA, Dummer R, Schadendorf D, Lutzky J, Ascierto PA, Tarhini A, Lin J, Mogg R, Homet Moreno B, Ibrahim N, Hamid O. Association of BRAF V600E/K Mutation Status and Prior BRAF/MEK Inhibition With Pembrolizumab Outcomes in Advanced Melanoma: Pooled Analysis of 3 Clinical Trials. JAMA Oncol. 2020 08 01; 6(8):1256-1264.  View on PubMed
  14. 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.  View on PubMed
  15. Huppert LA, Melisko ME, Glastonbury CM, Khanafshar E, Daud AI. Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma With Leptomeningeal Disease Using Intrathecal Immunotherapy. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020 11; 16(11):757-759.  View on PubMed
  16. Mahuron KM, Levine LS, Daud AI. ASO Author Reflections: Tumor Immune Profiling-Based Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy for Locally Advanced Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Oct; 27(11):4131-4132.  View on PubMed
  17. Levine LS, Mahuron KM, Tsai KK, Wu C, Mattis DM, Pauli ML, Oglesby A, Lee JC, Spitzer MH, Krummel MF, Algazi AP, Rosenblum MD, Alvarado M, Daud AI. Tumor Immune Profiling-Based Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy for Locally Advanced Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Oct; 27(11):4122-4130.  View on PubMed
  18. Algazi AP, Twitty CG, Tsai KK, Le M, Pierce R, Browning E, Hermiz R, Canton DA, Bannavong D, Oglesby A, Francisco M, Fong L, Pittet MJ, Arlauckas SP, Garris C, Levine LP, Bifulco C, Ballesteros-Merino C, Bhatia S, Gargosky S, Andtbacka RHI, Fox BA, Rosenblum MD, Daud AI. Phase II Trial of IL-12 Plasmid Transfection and PD-1 Blockade in Immunologically Quiescent Melanoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 06 15; 26(12):2827-2837.  View on PubMed
  19. Twitty CG, Huppert LA, Daud AI. Prognostic Biomarkers for Melanoma Immunotherapy. Curr Oncol Rep. 2020 02 11; 22(3):25.  View on PubMed
  20. Algazi A, Bhatia S, Agarwala S, Molina M, Lewis K, Faries M, Fong L, Levine LP, Franco M, Oglesby A, Ballesteros-Merino C, Bifulco CB, Fox BA, Bannavong D, Talia R, Browning E, Le MH, Pierce RH, Gargosky S, Tsai KK, Twitty C, Daud AI. Intratumoral delivery of tavokinogene telseplasmid yields systemic immune responses in metastatic melanoma patients. Ann Oncol. 2020 04; 31(4):532-540.  View on PubMed

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