University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Joanna Phillips, MD, PhD

Joanna Phillips, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery and Pathology; Co-Director UCSF Brain Tumor SPORE Biorepository

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Neurologic Oncology

Research Summary

I am an Associate 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.

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


Professional Experience

  • 2002–2004
    Resident, Department of Anatomic Pathology, University of Washington
  • 2004–2006
    Clinical Fellow, Department of Pathology, UCSF
  • 2006-2008
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Mentor: Zena Werb, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy, UCSF
  • 2008–2010
    Clinical Instructor, Department of Pathology, UCSF
  • 2009-Present
    UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center Tissue Bank, Neuropathologist
  • 2010-2016
    Assistant Professor Neurological Surgery and Pathology, UCSF
  • 2010-Present
    Co-Director UCSF Brain Tumor SPORE Biorepository
  • 2012-Present
    UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Member
  • 2012-Present
    Society for Glycobiology
  • 2016-Present
    Assistant Professor Neurological Surgery and Pathology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1993-94
    Cornell University, Hughes Scholars Program
  • 1994
    Cornell University, graduated with honors and distinction in Biology
  • 1999
    American Society for Virology travel award
  • 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

Selected Publications

  1. Wang L, Babikir H, Muller S, Yagnik G, Shamardani K, Catalan F, Kohanbash G, Alvarado B, Di Lullo E, Kriegstein A, Shah S, Wadhwa H, Chang SM, Philips JJ, Aghi MK, Diaz AA. The phenotypes of proliferating glioblastoma cells reside on a single axis of variation. Cancer Discov. 2019 Sep 25.
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  2. Sloan EA, Cooney T, Oberheim Bush NA, Buerki R, Taylor J, Clarke JL, Torkildson J, Kline C, Reddy A, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Butowski N, Chang S, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Tan L, Theodosopoulos P, McDermott M, Berger M, Raffel C, Gupta N, Sun PP, Li Y, Shah V, Cha S, Braunstein S, Raleigh DR, Samuel D, Scharnhorst D, Fata C, Guo H, Moes G, Kim JYH, Koschmann C, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Devine P, Grenert JP, Lee JC, Pekmezci M, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Solomon DA. Recurrent non-canonical histone H3 mutations in spinal cord diffuse gliomas. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 Sep 12.
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  3. Molinaro AM, Phillips JJ. EGFR amplification status for clinical trial inclusion: Where do we draw the line? Neuro Oncol. 2019 Aug 28.
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  4. McKinney A, Lindberg OR, Engler JR, Chen KY, Kumar A, Gong H, Lu KV, Simonds EF, Cloughesy TF, Liau LM, Prados M, Bollen AW, Berger MS, Shieh JTC, James CD, Nicolaides TP, Yong WH, Lai A, Hegi ME, Weiss WA, Phillips JJ. Mechanisms of Resistance to EGFR Inhibition Reveal Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Human GBM. Mol Cancer Ther. 2019 Sep; 18(9):1565-1576.
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  5. Huang M, Tailor J, Zhen Q, Gillmor AH, Miller ML, Weishaupt H, Chen J, Zheng T, Nash EK, McHenry LK, An Z, Ye F, Takashima Y, Clarke J, Ayetey H, Cavalli FMG, Luu B, Moriarity BS, Ilkhanizadeh S, Chavez L, Yu C, Kurian KM, Magnaldo T, Sevenet N, Koch P, Pollard SM, Dirks P, Snyder MP, Largaespada DA, Cho YJ, Phillips JJ, Swartling FJ, Morrissy AS, Kool M, Pfister SM, Taylor MD, Smith A, Weiss WA. Engineering Genetic Predisposition in Human Neuroepithelial Stem Cells Recapitulates Medulloblastoma Tumorigenesis. Cell Stem Cell. 2019 Sep 05; 25(3):433-446.e7.
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  6. Ferris SP, Velazquez Vega J, Aboian M, Lee JC, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Grenert JP, Saunders T, Chen YY, Banerjee A, Kline CN, Gupta N, Raffel C, Samuel D, Ruiz-Diaz I, Magaki S, Wilson D, Neltner J, Al-Hajri Z, Phillips JJ, Pekmezci M, Bollen AW, Tihan T, Schniederjan M, Cha S, Perry A, Solomon DA. High-grade neuroepithelial tumor with BCOR exon 15 internal tandem duplication-a comprehensive clinical, radiographic, pathologic, and genomic analysis. Brain Pathol. 2019 May 18.
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  7. Mueller S, Jain P, Liang WS, Kilburn L, Kline C, Gupta N, Panditharatna E, Magge SN, Zhang B, Zhu Y, Crawford JR, Banerjee A, Nazemi K, Packer RJ, Petritsch CK, Truffaux N, Roos A, Nasser S, Phillips JJ, Solomon D, Molinaro A, Waanders AJ, Byron SA, Berens ME, Kuhn J, Nazarian J, Prados M, Resnick AC. A pilot precision medicine trial for children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma-PNOC003: A report from the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium. Int J Cancer. 2019 Oct 01; 145(7):1889-1901.
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  8. Lee JC, Mazor T, Lao R, Wan E, Diallo AB, Hill NS, Thangaraj N, Wendelsdorf K, Samuel D, Kline CN, Banerjee A, Auguste K, Raffel C, Gupta N, Berger M, Raleigh DR, Shai A, Phillips JJ, Bollen AW, Tihan T, Perry A, Costello J, Solomon DA. Recurrent KBTBD4 small in-frame insertions and absence of DROSHA deletion or DICER1 mutation differentiate pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation (PPTID) from pineoblastoma. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 May; 137(5):851-854.
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  9. Sabelström H, Quigley DA, Fenster T, Foster DJ, Fuchshuber CAM, Saxena S, Yuan E, Li N, Paterno F, Phillips JJ, James CD, Norling B, Berger MS, Persson AI. High density is a property of slow-cycling and treatment-resistant human glioblastoma cells. Exp Cell Res. 2019 May 01; 378(1):76-86.
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  10. Lal S, Carrera D, Phillips JJ, Weiss WA, Raffel C. An oncolytic measles virus-sensitive Group 3 medulloblastoma model in immune-competent mice. Neuro Oncol. 2018 11 12; 20(12):1606-1615.
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  11. Phillips JJ, Gong H, Chen K, Joseph NM, van Ziffle J, Bastian BC, Grenert JP, Kline CN, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Nicolaides T, Gupta N, Berger MS, Lee HS, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Shieh JTC, Solomon DA. The genetic landscape of anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma. Brain Pathol. 2019 01; 29(1):85-96.
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  12. Barnes JM, Kaushik S, Bainer RO, Sa JK, Woods EC, Kai F, Przybyla L, Lee M, Lee HW, Tung JC, Maller O, Barrett AS, Lu KV, Lakins JN, Hansen KC, Obernier K, Alvarez-Buylla A, Bergers G, Phillips JJ, Nam DH, Bertozzi CR, Weaver VM. A tension-mediated glycocalyx-integrin feedback loop promotes mesenchymal-like glioblastoma. Nat Cell Biol. 2018 10; 20(10):1203-1214.
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  13. López GY, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Grenert JP, Yeh I, Bastian BC, Clarke J, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor J, Chang S, Butowski N, Banerjee A, Mueller S, Kline C, Torkildson J, Samuel D, Siongco A, Raffel C, Gupta N, Kunwar S, Mummaneni P, Aghi M, Theodosopoulos P, Berger M, Phillips JJ, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Solomon DA. The genetic landscape of gliomas arising after therapeutic radiation. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 Jan; 137(1):139-150.
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  14. Taylor JW, Parikh M, Phillips JJ, James CD, Molinaro AM, Butowski NA, Clarke JL, Oberheim-Bush NA, Chang SM, Berger MS, Prados M. Phase-2 trial of palbociclib in adult patients with recurrent RB1-positive glioblastoma. J Neurooncol. 2018 Nov; 140(2):477-483.
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  15. Luks TL, McKnight TR, Jalbert LE, Williams A, Neill E, Lobo KA, Persson AI, Perry A, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Relationship of In Vivo MR Parameters to Histopathological and Molecular Characteristics of Newly Diagnosed, Nonenhancing Lower-Grade Gliomas. Transl Oncol. 2018 Aug; 11(4):941-949.
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  16. Griveau A, Seano G, Shelton SJ, Kupp R, Jahangiri A, Obernier K, Krishnan S, Lindberg OR, Yuen TJ, Tien AC, Sabo JK, Wang N, Chen I, Kloepper J, Larrouquere L, Ghosh M, Tirosh I, Huillard E, Alvarez-Buylla A, Oldham MC, Persson AI, Weiss WA, Batchelor TT, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Suvà ML, Phillips JJ, Aghi MK, Mehta S, Jain RK, Rowitch DH. A Glial Signature and Wnt7 Signaling Regulate Glioma-Vascular Interactions and Tumor Microenvironment. Cancer Cell. 2018 05 14; 33(5):874-889.e7.
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  17. Hayes J, Yu Y, Jalbert LE, Mazor T, Jones LE, Wood MD, Walsh KM, Bengtsson H, Hong C, Oberndorfer S, Roetzer T, Smirnov IV, Clarke JL, Aghi MK, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Woehrer A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA, Costello JF. Genomic analysis of the origins and evolution of multicentric diffuse lower-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2018 04 09; 20(5):632-641.
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  18. Viswanath P, Radoul M, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Luchman HA, Gregory Cairncross J, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Mutant IDH1 gliomas downregulate phosphocholine and phosphoethanolamine synthesis in a 2-hydroxyglutarate-dependent manner. Cancer Metab. 2018; 6:3.
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  19. Vasudevan HN, Braunstein SE, Phillips JJ, Pekmezci M, Tomlin BA, Wu A, Reis GF, Magill ST, Zhang J, Feng FY, Nicholaides T, Chang SM, Sneed PK, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Perry A, Raleigh DR. Comprehensive Molecular Profiling Identifies FOXM1 as a Key Transcription Factor for Meningioma Proliferation. Cell Rep. 2018 03 27; 22(13):3672-3683.
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  20. Goode B, Mondal G, Hyun M, Ruiz DG, Lin YH, Van Ziffle J, Joseph NM, Onodera C, Talevich E, Grenert JP, Hewedi IH, Snuderl M, Brat DJ, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Rodriguez FJ, Louis DN, Yong WH, Lopes MB, Rosenblum MK, Butowski N, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Phillips JJ, Wiita AP, Yeh I, Jacobson MP, Bastian BC, Perry A, Solomon DA. A recurrent kinase domain mutation in PRKCA defines chordoid glioma of the third ventricle. Nat Commun. 2018 02 23; 9(1):810.
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