Research Summary

I am a Professor in the UCSF Departments of Neurological Surgery and Pathology, Director of the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center Tissue Biorepository and Histology Core, Co-Director of the UCSF Neuropathology BTRC Biomarkers Laboratory, Co-Director of the UCSF Brain Tumor SPORE Biorepository, and Director of the Biospecimen and Biostatistics Core for a UCSF brain tumor-focused Program Project (P01). I received my MD and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2002, and I have over ten years of experience working in cancer and neuropathology. My research interests focus on studying how factors in the brain tumor microenvironment, including the extracellular matrix and immune cells, influence tumor development and invasion. I am the PI of an NINDS-funded R01 and an NCI-funded U01, and have published over 70 publications related to the development and therapy of brain tumors.

Research Funding

  • April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2024 - Mitigation of preanalytic factors influencing brain tumor protein phosphorylation , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U01CA229345
  • September 30, 2012 - June 30, 2018 - Heparan sulfate proteoglycans as critical regulators of brain cancer malignancy , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01NS081117
  • August 16, 2012 - June 30, 2018 - Extracellular Sulfatases As Novel Biomarkers For Early Detection of Cancer , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U01CA168878
  • September 26, 2011 - July 31, 2016 - Biophysical and molecular dialogue of glioma cells and the brain microenvironment , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U54CA163155

Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, BS, 05/1994, Biology/Biochemistry
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, PhD, 05/2001, Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, MD, 05/2002, Medicine
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Residency, 2002-2004, Anatomic Pathology
University of California SF, San Francisco, CA, Fellow, 2004-2006, Neuropathology

Honors & Awards

  • 2001
    Stuart Mudd Award in Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • 2005
    Moore Award for best paper on clinico-pathologic correlation, annual meeting of American Association of Neuropathologists
  • 2006
    Nominated UCSF School of Medicine Essential Teaching Award
  • 2006
    Young Pathologist Fellowship, American Society for Investigative Pathology, Experimental Biology annual meeting
  • 2006-08
    American Brain Tumor Association: Susan Resnick Fisher/American Brain Tumor Association Fellowship
  • 2008
    Rubinstein Award, best paper on neuro-oncology, annual meeting of American Association of Neuropathologists
  • 2010
    Aspen Cancer Conference Fellow
  • 2012
    Second place, Moore Award, Best paper on clinic-pathological correlation, annual meeting of American Association of Neuropathologists
  • 2013
    Nominated UCSF School of Medicine Essential Core Teaching Award
  • 2015
    Excellence in Teaching Award in medical education from the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators

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. Mohamed E, Kumar A, Zhang Y, Wang AS, Chen K, Lim Y, Shai A, Taylor JW, Clarke J, Hilz S, Berger MS, Solomon DA, Costello JF, Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ. PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway activity in IDH-mutant diffuse glioma and clinical implications. Neuro Oncol. 2022 09 01; 24(9):1471-1481.  View on PubMed
  3. 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
  4. Kumar A, Mohamed E, Tong S, Chen K, Mukherjee J, Lim Y, Wong CM, Boosalis Z, Shai A, Pieper RO, Gupta N, Perry A, Bollen AW, Molinaro AM, Solomon DA, Shieh JTC, Phillips JJ. CXCL14 Promotes a Robust Brain Tumor-Associated Immune Response in Glioma. Clin Cancer Res. 2022 07 01; 28(13):2898-2910.  View on PubMed
  5. Autry AW, Lafontaine M, Jalbert L, Phillips E, Phillips JJ, Villanueva-Meyer J, Berger MS, Chang SM, Li Y. Spectroscopic imaging of D-2-hydroxyglutarate and other metabolites in pre-surgical patients with IDH-mutant lower-grade gliomas. J Neurooncol. 2022 Aug; 159(1):43-52.  View on PubMed
  6. Choudhury A, Magill ST, Eaton CD, Prager BC, Chen WC, Cady MA, Seo K, Lucas CG, Casey-Clyde TJ, Vasudevan HN, Liu SJ, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Lam TC, Pu JK, Li LF, Leung GK, Swaney DL, Zhang MY, Chan JW, Qiu Z, Martin MV, Susko MS, Braunstein SE, Bush NAO, Schulte JD, Butowski N, Sneed PK, Berger MS, Krogan NJ, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA, Costello JF, McDermott MW, Rich JN, Raleigh DR. Meningioma DNA methylation groups identify biological drivers and therapeutic vulnerabilities. Nat Genet. 2022 05; 54(5):649-659.  View on PubMed
  7. Cluceru J, Interian Y, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Luks TL, Alcaide-Leon P, Olson MP, Nair D, LaFontaine M, Shai A, Chunduru P, Pedoia V, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Chang SM, Lupo JM. Improving the noninvasive classification of glioma genetic subtype with deep learning and diffusion-weighted imaging. Neuro Oncol. 2022 04 01; 24(4):639-652.  View on PubMed
  8. Sethi MK, Downs M, Shao C, Hackett WE, Phillips JJ, Zaia J. In-Depth Matrisome and Glycoproteomic Analysis of Human Brain Glioblastoma Versus Control Tissue. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2022 04; 21(4):100216.  View on PubMed
  9. Ogino H, Taylor JW, Nejo T, Gibson D, Watchmaker PB, Okada K, Saijo A, Tedesco MR, Shai A, Wong CM, Rabbitt JE, Olin MR, Moertel CL, Nishioka Y, Salazar AM, Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ, Butowski NA, Clarke JL, Oberheim Bush NA, Hervey-Jumper SL, Theodosopoulos P, Chang SM, Berger MS, Okada H. Randomized trial of neoadjuvant vaccination with tumor-cell lysate induces T cell response in low-grade gliomas. J Clin Invest. 2022 02 01; 132(3).  View on PubMed
  10. Gonzalez H, Mei W, Robles I, Hagerling C, Allen BM, Hauge Okholm TL, Nanjaraj A, Verbeek T, Kalavacherla S, van Gogh M, Georgiou S, Daras M, Phillips JJ, Spitzer MH, Roose JP, Werb Z. Cellular architecture of human brain metastases. Cell. 2022 02 17; 185(4):729-745.e20.  View on PubMed
  11. Aabedi AA, Young JS, Zhang Y, Ammanuel S, Morshed RA, Dalle Ore C, Brown D, Phillips JJ, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor JW, Butowski N, Clarke J, Chang SM, Aghi M, Molinaro AM, Berger MS, Hervey-Jumper SL. Association of Neurological Impairment on the Relative Benefit of Maximal Extent of Resection in Chemoradiation-Treated Newly Diagnosed Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Wild-Type Glioblastoma. Neurosurgery. 2022 01 01; 90(1):124-130.  View on PubMed
  12. Wade A, Engler JR, Tran VM, Phillips JJ. Measuring Sulfatase Expression and Invasion in Glioblastoma. Methods Mol Biol. 2022; 2303:415-425.  View on PubMed
  13. Lucas CG, Abdullaev Z, Bruggers CS, Mirchia K, Whipple NS, Alashari MM, Lowichik A, Cheshier S, Phillips JJ, Devine P, Solomon DA, Quezado M, Aldape KD, Perry A. Activating NTRK2 and ALK receptor tyrosine kinase fusions extend the molecular spectrum of pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas of early childhood: a diagnostic overlap with infant-type hemispheric glioma. Acta Neuropathol. 2022 02; 143(2):283-286.  View on PubMed
  14. Hosmann A, Millesi M, Wadiura LI, Kiesel B, Mercea PA, Mischkulnig M, Borkovec M, Furtner J, Roetzer T, Wolfsberger S, Phillips JJ, Berghoff AS, Hervey-Jumper S, Berger MS, Widhalm G. Reply to Stummer, W.; Thomas, C. Comment on "Hosmann et al. 5-ALA Fluorescence Is a Powerful Prognostic Marker during Surgery of Low-Grade Gliomas (WHO Grade II)-Experience at Two Specialized Centers. Cancers 2021, 13, 2540". Cancers (Basel). 2021 Nov 15; 13(22).  View on PubMed
  15. Babikir H, Wang L, Shamardani K, Catalan F, Sudhir S, Aghi MK, Raleigh DR, Phillips JJ, Diaz AA. ATRX regulates glial identity and the tumor microenvironment in IDH-mutant glioma. Genome Biol. 2021 11 11; 22(1):311.  View on PubMed
  16. Lucas CG, Mueller S, Reddy A, Taylor JW, Oberheim Bush NA, Clarke JL, Chang SM, Gupta N, Berger MS, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA. Diffuse hemispheric glioma, H3 G34-mutant: Genomic landscape of a new tumor entity and prospects for targeted therapy. Neuro Oncol. 2021 11 02; 23(11):1974-1976.  View on PubMed
  17. Yu Y, Villanueva-Meyer J, Grimmer MR, Hilz S, Solomon DA, Choi S, Wahl M, Mazor T, Hong C, Shai A, Phillips JJ, Wainer BH, McDermott M, Haas-Kogan D, Taylor JW, Butowski N, Clarke JL, Berger MS, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Costello JF, Oberheim Bush NA. Temozolomide-induced hypermutation is associated with distant recurrence and reduced survival after high-grade transformation of low-grade IDH-mutant gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2021 11 02; 23(11):1872-1884.  View on PubMed
  18. Panwalkar P, Tamrazi B, Dang D, Chung C, Sweha S, Natarajan SK, Pun M, Bayliss J, Ogrodzinski MP, Pratt D, Mullan B, Hawes D, Yang F, Lu C, Sabari BR, Achreja A, Heon J, Animasahun O, Cieslik M, Dunham C, Yip S, Hukin J, Phillips JJ, Bornhorst M, Griesinger AM, Donson AM, Foreman NK, Garton HJL, Heth J, Muraszko K, Nazarian J, Koschmann C, Jiang L, Filbin MG, Nagrath D, Kool M, Korshunov A, Pfister SM, Gilbertson RJ, Allis CD, Chinnaiyan AM, Lunt SY, Blüml S, Judkins AR, Venneti S. Targeting integrated epigenetic and metabolic pathways in lethal childhood PFA ependymomas. Sci Transl Med. 2021 Oct 06; 13(614):eabc0497.  View on PubMed
  19. Horbinski C, Xi G, Wang Y, Hashizume R, Gopalakrishnan M, Phillips JJ, Houghton P, James CD, Kalapurakal JA. The effects of palbociclib in combination with radiation in preclinical models of aggressive meningioma. Neurooncol Adv. 2021 Jan-Dec; 3(1):vdab085.  View on PubMed
  20. Hosmann A, Millesi M, Wadiura LI, Kiesel B, Mercea PA, Mischkulnig M, Borkovec M, Furtner J, Roetzer T, Wolfsberger S, Phillips JJ, Berghoff AS, Hervey-Jumper S, Berger MS, Widhalm G. 5-ALA Fluorescence Is a Powerful Prognostic Marker during Surgery of Low-Grade Gliomas (WHO Grade II)-Experience at Two Specialized Centers. Cancers (Basel). 2021 May 21; 13(11).  View on PubMed

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