University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kord Kober, PhD

Kord Kober, PhD

Assistant Professor, Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Kober is highly qualified to serve as a co-investigator, geneticist and bioinformatician for the proposed project. Dr. Kober has worked in this capacity both in the Academic (e.g., UC Santa Cruz Genome Browser) and non-Academic (e.g., Navigenics, Inc) environments. He has in-depth experience in computer science, biochemistry, and molecular evolution, the later which requires considered expertise in bioinformatics (i.e., scripting languages, data management and visualization, interrogation and deposition of data into public databases with strict formatting requirements). He has experience in molecular analysis of cancer related symptoms. He has worked both at the wet bench (i.e., molecular biologist) and in the dry laboratory (i.e., Bioinformatician) for over 10 years. He is experienced with the molecular and data analytic procedures described in the current application. Of note, Dr. Kober plays a key role in an NIH-funded Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Group as part of the NIH NIAID-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), which currently focused primarily on genome wide association studies and large-scale molecular data analyses. He will bring these experiences to the proposed project.

Education

University of California, Los Angeles, BS, 06/96, Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Cruz, MA, 06/09, Molecular Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD, 06/12, Molecular Evolutionary Biology


Professional Experience

  • 1997-2000
    Programmer Analyst, Information Services & Technology, UC Berkeley
  • 2000-2004
    Unix Systems Architect, eCommerce, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. & Prosodie Interactive
  • 2000-present
    Founder, Board member, Secretary, Treasurer, Benjamin Links. A 501(c)3 public benefit charity for families of children with Autism.
  • 2004-2005
    Director, eCommerce, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. & Prosodie Interactive
  • 2006-2008
    Research Associate (Molecular Genetics), Physiological Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 2008-2009
    Bioinformatics Consultant (Personal Genomics), Research and Development, Navigenics, Inc.
  • 2010-2011
    Biological Data Engineer (Cancer Genomics), Cancer Genome Browser, UC Santa Cruz
  • 2011-2011
    Bioinformatics Consultant (Personal Genomics), Research and Development, Navigenics, Inc.
  • 2011-2013
    Bioinformaticist (Genomics of Human Disease), Physiological Nursing/ WIHS Genomics Unit, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 2013-present
    Assistant Professor, Physiological Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing
  • 2013-present
    Vice-Chair, UCSF Genomics Working Group, Women's Interagency HIV Study

Honors & Awards

  • 2006
    Regents' Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2007
    STEPS Institute Graduate Research Grant Award, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2007
    Summer Research Fellowship, Dept. of EE Biology, University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2007
    Student Research and Education Award, Friends of Long Marine Lab, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2008
    Summer Research Fellowship, Dept. of EE Biology, University Of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2011
    Graduate Student Support Award, CSHL Meeting on The Biology of Genomes
  • 2011
    Research Award, Dr. Earl H. Myers and Ethel M. Myers Oceonographic and Marine Biology Trust
  • 2013
    Annual Meeting Best Poster Nominee, American Pain Society
  • 2014
    New Investigator Abstract Award (Fatigue Study Group), MASCC
  • 2015
    Faculty Learning and Development, UCSF Chancellor’s Fund

Selected Publications

  1. Petrovchich I, Kober KM, Wagner L, Paul SM, Abrams G, Chesney MA, Topp K, Smoot B, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Hammer M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Deleterious Effects of Higher Body Mass Index on Subjective and Objective Measures of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Apr 29.
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  2. Papachristou N, Barnaghi P, Cooper B, Kober KM, Maguire R, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Armes J, Furlong EP, McCann L, Conley YP, Patiraki E, Katsaragakis S, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Network Analysis of the Multidimensional Symptom Experience of Oncology. Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 19; 9(1):2258.
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  3. Wong ML, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Abrams G, Topp K, Kober KM, Chesney MA, Mazor M, Schumacher MA, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Age-related differences in patient-reported and objective measures of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy among cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Feb 15.
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  4. Flowers E, Flentje A, Levine J, Olshen A, Hammer M, Paul S, Conley Y, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. A Pilot Study Using a Multistaged Integrated Analysis of Gene Expression and Methylation to Evaluate Mechanisms for Evening Fatigue in Women Who Received Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2019 03; 21(2):142-156.
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  5. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Mastick J, Abrams G, Topp K, Smoot B, Kober KM, Chesney M, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Hammer M, Cheung S, Borsook D, Levine JD. Contribution of Loss of Large Fiber Function to Pain in 2 Samples of Oncology Patients. Clin J Pain. 2019 Jan; 35(1):37-42.
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  6. Papachristou N, Puschmann D, Barnaghi P, Cooper B, Hu X, Maguire R, Apostolidis K, Conley YP, Hammer M, Katsaragakis S, Kober KM, Levine JD, McCann L, Patiraki E, Furlong EP, Fox PA, Paul SM, Ream E, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Learning from data to predict future symptoms of oncology patients. PLoS One. 2018; 13(12):e0208808.
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  7. Kober KM, Olshen A, Conley YP, Schumacher M, Topp K, Smoot B, Mazor M, Chesney M, Hammer M, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Expression of mitochondrial dysfunction-related genes and pathways in paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in breast cancer survivors. Mol Pain. 2018 Jan-Dec; 14:1744806918816462.
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  8. Mazor M, Smoot BJ, Mastick J, Mausisa G, Paul SM, Kober KM, Elboim C, Singh K, Conley YP, Mickevicius G, Field J, Hutchison H, Miaskowski C. Assessment of local tissue water in the arms and trunk of breast cancer survivors with and without upper extremity lymphoedema. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2019 Jan; 39(1):57-64.
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  9. Kober KM, Mazor M, Abrams G, Olshen A, Conley YP, Hammer M, Schumacher M, Chesney M, Smoot B, Mastick J, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Phenotypic Characterization of Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Dec; 56(6):908-919.e3.
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  10. Wright F, Dunn LB, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Hammer MJ, Cooper BA, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Morning Fatigue Severity Profiles in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2018 Jul 17.
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  11. Singh KP, Kober KM, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Risk Factors Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in the Week Before the Next Cycle and Impact of Nausea on Quality of Life Outcomes. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Sep; 56(3):352-362.
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  12. Knisely MR, Conley YP, Kober KM, Smoot B, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Associations Between Catecholaminergic and Serotonergic Genes and Persistent Breast Pain Phenotypes After Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain. 2018 Oct; 19(10):1130-1146.
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  13. Singh KP, Miaskowski C, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Kober KM. Mechanisms and Measurement of Changes in Gene Expression. Biol Res Nurs. 2018 07; 20(4):369-382.
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  14. Tantoy IY, Cooper BA, Dhruva A, Cataldo J, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Quality of life of patients with gastrointestinal cancers undergoing chemotherapy. Qual Life Res. 2018 Jul; 27(7):1865-1876.
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  15. Carrico AW, Flentje A, Kober K, Lee S, Hunt P, Riley ED, Shoptaw S, Flowers E, Dilworth SE, Pahwa S, Aouizerat BE. Recent stimulant use and leukocyte gene expression in methamphetamine users with treated HIV infection. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 07; 71:108-115.
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  16. Flentje A, Kober KM, Carrico AW, Neilands TB, Flowers E, Heck NC, Aouizerat BE. Minority stress and leukocyte gene expression in sexual minority men living with treated HIV infection. Brain Behav Immun. 2018 05; 70:335-345.
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  17. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Mastick J, Abrams G, Topp K, Smoot B, Kober KM, Chesney M, Mazor M, Mausisa G, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Sabes JH, Cheung S, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Associations Between Perceived Stress and Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Otoxicity in Adult Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Jul; 56(1):88-97.
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  18. Singh KP, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. A review of the literature on the relationships between genetic polymorphisms and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Jan; 121:51-61.
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  19. Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Abrams G, Cheung S, Sabes JH, Kober KM, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Topp K, Smoot B, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Impact of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicities on adult cancer survivors' symptom burden and quality of life. J Cancer Surviv. 2018 04; 12(2):234-245.
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  20. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Mastick J, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Smoot B, Abrams G, Kober KM, Cheung S, Henderson-Sabes J, Chesney M, Mazor M, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Hearing loss and tinnitus in survivors with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Feb; 32:1-11.
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