University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD

Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology), UCSF; Associate Director, Global Cancer Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Pediatric Malignancies


University of Iowa, B.S August, 1988, Physiology
Washington University School of Medicine, Ph.D., May, 1997, Developmental Biology
Washington University School of Medicine, M.D., May, 1997, Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Resident, 1997-99, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, 1999-03, Hematology/Oncology
University of California, San Francisco, Post-Doctoral Fellow,2001-2007,Immunology

Professional Experience

  • 1988-1989
    Research Assistant I. Project: Isolation and characterization of genes involved in early events of meiotic recombination in S. Cerevisiae Dr. Robert E. Malone, University of Iowa
  • 1990-1997
    Pre-doctoral Fellow, Medical Scientist Training Program. Thesis: Chimeric transgenic mouse models of gut epithelial biology. Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon, Washington University
  • 1999-2003
    Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2001-2007
    Post-doctoral Fellow, Immunology. Research project: Role of CD45 in autoimmunity and lymphoproliferation. Mentor: Dr. Arthur Weiss, UCSF
  • 2002-2004
    Adjunct Instructor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2004-2007
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2007-2011
    Assistant Professor, In Residence, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF
  • 2011-present
    Associate Professor, In Residence, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1987
    Mortar Board Honor Society, University of Iowa
  • 1988
    Honors Graduate, University of Iowa
  • 1988
    University of Iowa Homecoming Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service
  • 1990
    Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, Washington University
  • 1990
    Edmond V. Cowdry Prize in Histology, Washington University
  • 1993
    Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation Medical Scientist Fellowship, Washington University
  • 1995
    Barbara Jackshik Award for Excellence in the Field of Cellular Regulation, Washington University
  • 1996
    American College of Physicians Award for Excellence in Physical Diagnosis
  • 1997
    American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, presented to women graduating in the top ten percent of their medical school class
  • 1997
    Missouri State Medical Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medicine
  • 1997
    Alpha Omega Alpha, Washington University School of Medicine
  • 1997
    UCSF Molecular Medicine Research Fellowship Program
  • 2001
    Molecular Oncology Investigator, University of California San Francisco Cancer Center
  • 2004
    FASEB Summer Protein Phosphatase Research Conference Poster Award
  • 2005
    Nominee, Department of Pediatrics Housestaff Teaching Award, UCSF
  • 2007-10
    Nominee, Fellow Mentoring Award, Department of Pediatrics, UCSF
  • 2008
    St. Baldrick's Foundation, Young Investigator Career Development Award
  • 2009
    Alex Lemonade Stand Young Investigator Career Development Award
  • 2010
    Histiocyte Society Nezelof Prize in Basic Science

Selected Publications

  1. Hayashi RJ, Winter SS, Dunsmore KP, Devidas M, Chen Z, Wood BL, Hermiston ML, Teachey DT, Perkins SL, Miles RR, Raetz EA, Loh ML, Winick NJ, Carroll WL, Hunger SP, Lim MS, Gross TG, Bollard CM. Successful Outcomes of Newly Diagnosed T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma: Results From Children's Oncology Group AALL0434. J Clin Oncol. 2020 Jun 17; JCO2000531.
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  2. Meyer L, Verbist KC, Albeituni S, Scull BP, Bassett R, Stroh AN, Tillman H, Allen CE, Hermiston M, Nichols KE. JAK/STAT pathway inhibition sensitizes CD8 T cells to dexamethasone-induced apoptosis in hyperinflammation. Blood. 2020 Jun 12.
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  3. Meyer LK, Huang BJ, Delgado-Martin C, Roy RP, Hechmer A, Wandler AM, Vincent TL, Fortina P, Olshen AB, Wood BL, Horton TM, Shannon KM, Teachey DT, Hermiston ML. Glucocorticoids paradoxically facilitate steroid resistance in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemias and thymocytes. J Clin Invest. 2020 Feb 03; 130(2):863-876.
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  4. Burke MJ, Kostadinov R, Sposto R, Gore L, Kelley SM, Rabik C, Trepel JB, Lee MJ, Yuno A, Lee S, Bhojwani D, Jeha S, Chang BH, Sulis ML, Hermiston ML, Gaynon P, Huynh V, Verma A, Gardner R, Heym KM, Dennis RM, Ziegler DS, Laetsch TW, Oesterheld JE, Dubois SG, Pollard JA, Glade-Bender J, Cooper TM, Kaplan JA, Farooqi MS, Yoo B, Guest E, Wayne AS, Brown PA. Decitabine and Vorinostat with Chemotherapy in Relapsed Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A TACL Pilot Study. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 May 15; 26(10):2297-2307.
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  5. Lauren K. Meyer, Cristina Delgado-Martin, Phillip P. Sharp, Dustin McMinn, Christopher J. Kirk, Jack Taunton, Michelle L. Hermiston. Protein Translocation Inhibitors Overcome Cytokine-Induced Glucocorticoid Resistance in T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Blood. 2019 Nov 13; 134(Supplement_1):805-805.
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  6. Aleksandra S. Dain, Michelle L. Hermiston, Kristin A. Shimano, Sandhya Kharbanda, Alexis Melton, Jasmeen Dara, James N Huang, Christopher C. Dvorak. Role of Disease Mechanism in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Outcomes for Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. Blood. 2019 Nov 13; 134(Supplement_1):3343-3343.
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  7. Lauren K. Meyer, Katherine Verbist, Sabrin Albeituni, Rachel Bassett, Michelle L. Hermiston, Kim E. Nichols. The Combination of Dexamethasone and Ruxolitinib Synergistically Attenuates Disease Manifestations in a Preclinical Model of Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. Blood. 2019 Nov 13; 134(Supplement_1):81-81.
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  8. Jordan MB, Allen CE, Greenberg J, Henry M, Hermiston ML, Kumar A, Hines M, Eckstein O, Ladisch S, Nichols KE, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Wistinghausen B, McClain KL. Challenges in the diagnosis of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: Recommendations from the North American Consortium for Histiocytosis (NACHO). Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 11; 66(11):e27929.
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  9. Meyer LK, Delgado-Martin C, Maude SL, Shannon KM, Teachey DT, Hermiston ML. CRLF2 rearrangement in Ph-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia predicts relative glucocorticoid resistance that is overcome with MEK or Akt inhibition. PLoS One. 2019; 14(7):e0220026.
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  10. Zinter MS, Hermiston ML. Calming the storm in HLH. Blood. 2019 07 11; 134(2):103-104.
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  11. Lauren K. Meyer, Cristina Delgado-Martin, Ritu Roy, Benjamin J. Huang, Tiffaney Vincent, Adam Olshen, Brent L. Wood, Yu Liu, Jinghui Zhang, Charles Grenfell Mullighan, Terzah M. Horton, Mignon L. Loh, Meenakshi Devidas, Elizabeth A. Raetz, Robert J. Hayashi, Stuart Winter, Kimberly P. Dunsmore, Stephen Hunger, David T. Teachey, Michelle L. Hermiston. Gene expression signature associated with in vitro dexamethasone resistance and post-induction minimal residual disease in pediatric T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2019 May 20; 37(15_suppl):10033-10033.
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  12. Burkhardt B, Hermiston ML. Lymphoblastic lymphoma in children and adolescents: review of current challenges and future opportunities. Br J Haematol. 2019 06; 185(6):1158-1170.
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  13. Lauren K. Meyer, Michelle L. Hermiston. Mechanisms of Glucocorticoid Response and Resistance in Lymphoid Malignancies. . 2019 Jan 1; 21:1-26.
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  14. Lauren K Meyer, Michelle L Hermiston. The bone marrow microenvironment as a mediator of chemoresistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Drug Resistance. 2019 Jan 1.
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  15. Lauren K Meyer, Michelle L Hermiston. The epigenome in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia: drug resistance and therapeutic opportunities. Cancer Drug Resistance. 2019 Jan 1.
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  16. Robert James Hayashi, Stuart S. Winter, Kimberly P. Dunsmore, Meenakshi Devidas, Brent Wood, Michelle L. Hermiston, David T Teachey, Sherrie L. Perkins, Rodney R. Miles, Elizabeth A. Raetz, Mignon L. Loh, Naomi Winick, William L. Carroll, Stephen P. Hunger, Megan S. Lim, Catherine M. Bollard, Thomas G. Gross. Children's Oncology Group (COG) AALL0434: Successful Disease Control without Cranial Radiation in Newly Diagnosed T Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (T-LL). Blood. 2018 Nov 29; 132(Supplement 1):1000-1000.
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  17. Lauren K. Meyer, Benjamin Huang, Ritu Roy, Aaron Hechmer, Anica Wandler, Cristina Delgado-Martin, Adam B. Olshen, Terzah M. Horton, David T Teachey, Kevin M. Shannon, Michelle L. Hermiston. Glucocorticoids Paradoxically Induce Intrinsic Steroid Resistance through a STAT5-Mediated Survival Mechanism in T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Blood. 2018 Nov 29; 132(Supplement 1):913-913.
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  18. Chu Y, Lee S, Shah T, Yin C, Barth M, Miles RR, Ayello J, Morris E, Harrison L, Van de Ven C, Galardy P, Goldman SC, Lim MS, Hermiston M, McAllister-Lucas LM, Giulino-Roth L, Perkins SL, Cairo MS. Ibrutinib significantly inhibited Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) phosphorylation,in-vitro proliferation and enhanced overall survival in a preclinical Burkitt lymphoma (BL) model. Oncoimmunology. 2019; 8(1):e1512455.
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  19. An S, Wang X, Ruck MA, Rodriguez HJ, Kostyushev DS, Varga M, Luu E, Derakhshandeh R, Suchkov SV, Kogan SC, Hermiston ML, Springer ML. Age-Related Impaired Efficacy of Bone Marrow Cell Therapy for Myocardial Infarction Reflects a Decrease in B Lymphocytes. Mol Ther. 2018 07 05; 26(7):1685-1693.
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  20. Perez DR, Nickl CK, Waller A, Delgado-Martin C, Woods T, Sharma ND, Hermiston ML, Loh ML, Hunger SP, Winter SS, Chigaev A, Edwards B, Sklar LA, Matlawska-Wasowska K. High-Throughput Flow Cytometry Identifies Small-Molecule Inhibitors for Drug Repurposing in T-ALL. SLAS Discov. 2018 08; 23(7):732-741.
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