Education

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, M.D., 06/2004
Gazi University, Department of Ophthalmology, Resident, 04/2007 (Ophthalmology)
University of California San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology, Research fellow, 07/2009 (Ophthalmology)
Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Resident, 06/2011 (Pathology)
University of California San Francisco, Department of Pathology, Resident, 06/2012 (Pathology)
University of California San Francisco, Department of Pathology, Clinical fellow, 06/2014 (Neuropathology)
University of California San Francisco, Department of Pathology, Clinical Fellow, 06/2015 (Surgical Pathology)
University of California San Francisco, Department of Pathology, Clinical fellow, 06/2016 (Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology)

Selected Publications

  1. Zhang Y, Lucas CG, Young JS, Morshed RA, McCoy L, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Daras M, Butowski NA, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S, Wrensch M, Wiencke JK, Lee JC, Pekmezci M, Phillips JJ, Perry A, Bollen AW, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos P, Chang EF, Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS, Clarke JL, Chang SM, Molinaro AM, Solomon DA. Prospective genomically guided identification of "early/evolving" and "undersampled" IDH-wildtype glioblastoma leads to improved clinical outcomes. Neuro Oncol. 2022 Oct 03; 24(10):1749-1762.  View on PubMed
  2. Lucas CG, Davidson CJ, Alashari M, Putnam AR, Whipple NS, Bruggers CS, Mendez JS, Cheshier SH, Walker JB, Ramani B, Cadwell CR, Sullivan DV, Lu R, Mirchia K, Van Ziffle J, Devine P, Goldschmidt E, Hervey-Jumper SL, Gupta N, Oberheim Bush NA, Raleigh DR, Bollen A, Tihan T, Pekmezci M, Solomon DA, Phillips JJ, Perry A. Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing Reveals Divergent Clonal Evolution in Components of Composite Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma-Ganglioglioma. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2022 07 19; 81(8):650-657.  View on PubMed
  3. Solomon DA, Ramani B, Eiger-Moscovich M, Milman T, Uludag G, Crawford JB, Phan I, Char DH, Shields CL, Eagle RC, Bastian BC, Bloomer MM, Pekmezci M. Iris and Ciliary Body Melanocytomas Are Defined by Solitary GNAQ Mutation Without Additional Oncogenic Alterations. Ophthalmology. 2022 Jul 12.  View on PubMed
  4. Vasudevan HN, Choudhury A, Hilz S, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Chen WC, Lucas CG, Braunstein SE, Oberheim Bush NA, Butowski N, Pekmezci M, McDermott MW, Perry A, Solomon DA, Magill ST, Raleigh DR. Intratumor and informatic heterogeneity influence meningioma molecular classification. Acta Neuropathol. 2022 09; 144(3):579-583.  View on PubMed
  5. Kaidonis G, Pekmezci M, Van Ziffle J, Auguste KI, Horton JC. TRAF7 somatic mosaicism in a patient with bilateral optic nerve sheath meningiomas: illustrative case. J Neurosurg Case Lessons. 2022 Jun 06; 3(23):CASE2247.  View on PubMed
  6. Güney E, Lucas CG, Qi Z, Yu J, Zhang R, Ohgami RS, Rubenstein JL, Boué DR, Schafernak K, Wertheim GB, Dahiya S, Giulino-Roth L, Attarbaschi A, Barth MJ, Kothari S, Abla O, Cohen AL, Mendez JS, Bollen A, Perry A, Tihan T, Pekmezci M, Solomon DA, Wen KW. A genetically distinct pediatric subtype of primary CNS large B-cell lymphoma is associated with favorable clinical outcome. Blood Adv. 2022 05 24; 6(10):3189-3193.  View on PubMed
  7. Stallworth JY, Smith LD, Vagefi MR, Pekmezci M. Plexiform Neurofibroma With Activating KRAS Mutation and Segmental Presentation Involving the Unilateral Eyelid. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 Jul-Aug 01; 38(4):e104-e106.  View on PubMed
  8. Sloan EA, Gupta R, Koelsche C, Chiang J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Alexandrescu S, Eschbacher JM, Wang W, Mafra M, Ud Din N, Carr-Boyd E, Watson M, Punsoni M, Oviedo A, Gilani A, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Coss DJ, Lopes MB, Reddy A, Mueller S, Cho SJ, Horvai AE, Lee JC, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Rodriguez FJ, Ellison DW, Perry A, von Deimling A, Chang SM, Berger MS, Solomon DA. Intracranial mesenchymal tumors with FET-CREB fusion are composed of at least two epigenetic subgroups distinct from meningioma and extracranial sarcomas. Brain Pathol. 2022 07; 32(4):e13037.  View on PubMed
  9. Lu HC, Eulo V, Apicelli AJ, Pekmezci M, Tao Y, Luo J, Hirbe AC, Dahiya S. Correction: Aberrant ATRX protein expression is associated with poor overall survival in NF1-MPNST. Oncotarget. 2021 Nov 23; 12(24):2435-2436.  View on PubMed
  10. Pekmezci M, Morshed RA, Chunduru P, Pandian B, Young J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Tihan T, Sloan EA, Aghi MK, Molinaro AM, Berger MS, Hervey-Jumper SL. Detection of glioma infiltration at the tumor margin using quantitative stimulated Raman scattering histology. Sci Rep. 2021 06 09; 11(1):12162.  View on PubMed
  11. Cadwell CR, Yuksek GE, Hirbe AC, Srihari D, LeBoit P, Dahiya S, Pekmezci M. Preferentially Expressed Antigen in Melanoma (PRAME) Expression in Malignant, but Not Benign, Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2021 03 22; 80(4):384-386.  View on PubMed
  12. Cadwell CR, Bowman S, Laszik ZG, Pekmezci M. Loss of fidelity in scanned digital images compared to glass slides of brain tumors resected using cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirator. Brain Pathol. 2021 07; 31(4):e12938.  View on PubMed
  13. Sloan EA, Chiang J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Alexandrescu S, Eschbacher JM, Wang W, Mafra M, Ud Din N, Carr-Boyd E, Watson M, Punsoni M, Oviedo A, Gilani A, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Coss DJ, Lopes MB, Raffel C, Berger MS, Chang SM, Reddy A, Ramani B, Ferris SP, Lee JC, Hofmann JW, Cho SJ, Horvai AE, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Rodriguez FJ, Ellison DW, Perry A, Solomon DA. Intracranial mesenchymal tumor with FET-CREB fusion-A unifying diagnosis for the spectrum of intracranial myxoid mesenchymal tumors and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma-like neoplasms. Brain Pathol. 2021 07; 31(4):e12918.  View on PubMed
  14. Chen WC, Vasudevan HN, Choudhury A, Pekmezci M, Lucas CG, Phillips J, Magill ST, Susko MS, Braunstein SE, Oberheim Bush NA, Boreta L, Nakamura JL, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Sneed PK, Perry A, McDermott MW, Solomon DA, Theodosopoulos PV, Raleigh DR. A Prognostic Gene-Expression Signature and Risk Score for Meningioma Recurrence After Resection. Neurosurgery. 2020 12 15; 88(1):202-210.  View on PubMed
  15. Sievers P, Sill M, Blume C, Tauziede-Espariat A, Schrimpf D, Stichel D, Reuss DE, Dogan H, Hartmann C, Mawrin C, Hasselblatt M, Stummer W, Schick U, Hench J, Frank S, Ketter R, Schweizer L, Schittenhelm J, Puget S, Brandner S, Jaunmuktane Z, Küsters B, Abdullaev Z, Pekmezci M, Snuderl M, Ratliff M, Herold-Mende C, Unterberg A, Aldape K, Ellison DW, Wesseling P, Reifenberger G, Wick W, Perry A, Varlet P, Pfister SM, Jones DTW, von Deimling A, Sahm F, German Consortium “Aggressive Meningiomas”. Clear cell meningiomas are defined by a highly distinct DNA methylation profile and mutations in SMARCE1. Acta Neuropathol. 2021 02; 141(2):281-290.  View on PubMed
  16. Eckel-Passow JE, Drucker KL, Kollmeyer TM, Kosel ML, Decker PA, Molinaro AM, Rice T, Praska CE, Clark L, Caron A, Abyzov A, Batzler A, Song JS, Pekmezci M, Hansen HM, McCoy LS, Bracci PM, Wiemels J, Wiencke JK, Francis S, Burns TC, Giannini C, Lachance DH, Wrensch M, Jenkins RB. Adult diffuse glioma GWAS by molecular subtype identifies variants in D2HGDH and FAM20C. Neuro Oncol. 2020 11 26; 22(11):1602-1613.  View on PubMed
  17. Zhang C, Ostrom QT, Semmes EC, Ramaswamy V, Hansen HM, Morimoto L, de Smith AJ, Pekmezci M, Vaksman Z, Hakonarson H, Diskin SJ, Metayer C, Glioma International Case-Control Study (GICC), Taylor MD, Wiemels JL, Bondy ML, Walsh KM. Genetic predisposition to longer telomere length and risk of childhood, adolescent and adult-onset ependymoma. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2020 10 28; 8(1):173.  View on PubMed
  18. Schulte JD, Buerki RA, Lapointe S, Molinaro AM, Zhang Y, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Pekmezci M, Butowski N, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Chang SM, Theodosopoulos P, Aghi MK, Hervey-Jumper SL, Berger MS, Solomon DA, Clarke JL. Clinical, radiologic, and genetic characteristics of histone H3 K27M-mutant diffuse midline gliomas in adults. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa142.  View on PubMed
  19. Lucas CG, Vasudevan HN, Chen WC, Magill ST, Braunstein SE, Jacques L, Dahiya S, Rodriguez FJ, Horvai AE, Perry A, Pekmezci M, Raleigh DR. Histopathologic findings in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor predict response to radiotherapy and overall survival. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec; 2(1):vdaa131.  View on PubMed
  20. Magill ST, Vasudevan HN, Seo K, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Choudhury A, John Liu S, Pekmezci M, Findakly S, Hilz S, Lastella S, Demaree B, Braunstein SE, Bush NAO, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Sneed PK, Abate AR, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Lim DA, Ullian EM, Costello JF, Raleigh DR. Multiplatform genomic profiling and magnetic resonance imaging identify mechanisms underlying intratumor heterogeneity in meningioma. Nat Commun. 2020 09 23; 11(1):4803.  View on PubMed

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