Research Summary

My research program has been highly focused on identifying and overriding molecular mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapeutics in hematopoietic malignancies, and is highly translational in nature. I therefore rely heavily upon HDFCCC infrastructure, including the Phase I Unit in the Developmental Therapeutics Program, the Tissue Core, the Bioinformatics Core, and the Mouse Therapeutics Core Facility. Additionally, I have ongoing Intra- and Inter-Programmatic collaborations with numerous Members and Associate Members, including Benjamin Braun, Emmanuelle Passegue, Scott Kogan, Mignon Loh, and Kevan Shokat.

Research Funding

  • August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2019 - Discovery and Development of a Selective pan-FLT3-ITD Kinase Inhibitor Clinical Candidate for the Treatment of FLT3-ITD-Driven AML , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA194094
  • April 8, 2013 - March 31, 2018 - Crenolanib and ponatinib for the treatment of FLT3 mutant AML , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA176091
  • April 17, 2012 - March 31, 2017 - Mechanisms of resistance to clinically-effective FLT3 kinase inhibitors in AML , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA166616
  • September 23, 2015 - August 31, 2016 - Pre-IND study of PMT-254, a pan-FLT3 inhibitor for the treatment of FLT3 driven cancers. , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R41CA199753


University of California, Berkeley, BS,1984, Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 1992, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles, MD, 1996, Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 1989-1991
    National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Award in Tumor Cell Biology
  • 1995
    Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Prize
  • 1995-2003
    UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Award
  • 2001-2004
    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Career Development Award for Fellows
  • 2003-2005
    NIH K12 Award in Clinical Pharmacology
  • 2004-2007
    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Career Development Award for Special Fellows
  • 2006-2009
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • 2009-2014
    Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar in Clinical Research Award
  • 2024
    2024 Rowley Prize for exceptional lifetime achievements in advancing the understanding of the biology of CML 

Selected Publications

  1. Shah NJ, Sura SD, Shinde R, Shi J, Singhal P, Perini RF, Motzer RJ. Real-world clinical outcomes of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma receiving pembrolizumab + axitinib vs. ipilimumab + nivolumab. Urol Oncol. 2023 Sep 16.  View on PubMed
  2. Shah NP, García-Gutiérrez V, Jiménez-Velasco A, Larson SM, Saussele S, Rea D, Mahon FX, Levy MY, Gómez-Casares MT, Mauro MJ, Sy O, Martin-Regueira P, Lipton JH. Treatment-free remission after dasatinib in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia in chronic phase with deep molecular response: Final 5-year analysis of DASFREE. Br J Haematol. 2023 09; 202(5):942-952.  View on PubMed
  3. El Zarif T, Nassar AH, Adib E, Fitzgerald BG, Huang J, Mouhieddine TH, Rubinstein PG, Nonato T, McKay RR, Li M, Mittra A, Owen DH, Baiocchi RA, Lorentsen M, Dittus C, Dizman N, Falohun A, Abdel-Wahab N, Diab A, Bankapur A, Reed A, Kim C, Arora A, Shah NJ, El-Am E, Kozaily E, Abdallah W, Al-Hader A, Abu Ghazal B, Saeed A, Drolen C, Lechner MG, Drakaki A, Baena J, Nebhan CA, Haykal T, Morse MA, Cortellini A, Pinato DJ, Dalla Pria A, Hall E, Bakalov V, Bahary N, Rajkumar A, Mangla A, Shah V, Singh P, Aboubakar Nana F, Lopetegui-Lia N, Dima D, Dobbs RW, Funchain P, Saleem R, Woodford R, Long GV, Menzies AM, Genova C, Barletta G, Puri S, Florou V, Idossa D, Saponara M, Queirolo P, Lamberti G, Addeo A, Bersanelli M, Freeman D, Xie W, Reid EG, Chiao EY, Sharon E, Johnson DB, Ramaswami R, Bower M, Emu B, Marron TU, Choueiri TK, Baden LR, Lurain K, Sonpavde GP, Naqash AR. Safety and Activity of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in People Living With HIV and Cancer: A Real-World Report From the Cancer Therapy Using Checkpoint Inhibitors in People Living With HIV-International (CATCH-IT) Consortium. J Clin Oncol. 2023 07 20; 41(21):3712-3723.  View on PubMed
  4. Lev-Ari S, Serzan M, Wu T, Ip A, Pascual L, Sinclaire B, Adams S, Marafelias M, Ayyagari L, Gill SK, Ma B, Zaemes JP, Della Pia A, Alaoui A, Madhavan S, Belouali A, Pecora A, Ahn J, Atkins MB, Shah NJ. The impact of immunosuppressive agents on immune checkpoint inhibitor efficacy in patients with advanced melanoma: A real-world, multicenter, retrospective study. Cancer. 2023 06 15; 129(12):1885-1894.  View on PubMed
  5. Shah NJ, Sura SD, Shinde R, Shi J, Singhal PK, Robert NJ, Vogelzang NJ, Perini RF, Motzer RJ. Real-world Treatment Patterns and Clinical Outcomes for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma in the Current Treatment Era. Eur Urol Open Sci. 2023 Mar; 49:110-118.  View on PubMed
  6. Shah NJ, Lacouture ME. Dermatologic immune-related adverse events to checkpoint inhibitors in cancer. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2023 02; 151(2):407-409.  View on PubMed
  7. Fitzgerald KN, Duzgol C, Knezevic A, Shapnik N, Kotecha R, Aggen DH, Carlo MI, Shah NJ, Voss MH, Feldman DR, Motzer RJ, Lee CH. Progression-free Survival After Second Line of Therapy for Metastatic Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma in Patients Treated with First-line Immunotherapy Combinations. Eur Urol. 2023 03; 83(3):195-199.  View on PubMed
  8. Kotecha RR, Gedvilaite E, Ptashkin R, Knezevic A, Murray S, Johnson I, Shapnik N, Feldman DR, Carlo MI, Shah NJ, Dunigan M, Huberman K, Benayed R, Zehir A, Berger MF, Ladanyi M, Tsui DWY, Motzer RJ, Lee CH, Voss MH. Matched Molecular Profiling of Cell-Free DNA and Tumor Tissue in Patients With Advanced Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma. JCO Precis Oncol. 2022 07; 6:e2200012.  View on PubMed
  9. Shah NJ, Cook MR, Wu T, Lev-Ari S, Blackburn MJ, Serzan MT, Alaoui A, Ahn J, Atkins MB. The Risk of Opportunistic Infections and the Role of Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients on Checkpoint Inhibitors Requiring Steroids. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2022 07; 20(7):800-807.e1.  View on PubMed
  10. Kuo AM, Kraehenbuehl L, King S, Leung DYM, Goleva E, Moy AP, Lacouture ME, Shah NJ, Faleck DM. Contribution of the Skin-Gut Axis to Immune-Related Adverse Events with Multi-System Involvement. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jun 17; 14(12).  View on PubMed
  11. Shah NJ, Patel VG, Zhong X, Pina L, Hawley JE, Lin E, Gartrell BA, Febles VA, Wise DR, Qin Q, Mellgard G, Joshi H, Nauseef JT, Green DA, Vlachostergios PJ, Kwon DH, Huang F, Liaw B, Tagawa S, Kantoff P, Morris MJ, Oh WK. The Impact of Androgen Deprivation Therapy on COVID-19 Illness in Men With Prostate Cancer. JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2022 05 02; 6(3).  View on PubMed
  12. Lee CH, Voss MH, Carlo MI, Chen YB, Zucker M, Knezevic A, Lefkowitz RA, Shapnik N, Dadoun C, Reznik E, Shah NJ, Owens CN, McHugh DJ, Aggen DH, Laccetti AL, Kotecha R, Feldman DR, Motzer RJ. Phase II Trial of Cabozantinib Plus Nivolumab in Patients With Non-Clear-Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma and Genomic Correlates. J Clin Oncol. 2022 07 20; 40(21):2333-2341.  View on PubMed
  13. Schoenbeck KL, Atallah E, Lin L, Weinfurt KP, Cortes J, Deininger MWN, Kota V, Larson RA, Mauro MJ, Oehler VG, Pinilla-Ibarz J, Radich JP, Schiffer CA, Shah NP, Silver RT, Thompson JE, Flynn KE. Patient-Reported Functional Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Myeloid Leukemia After Stopping Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 01 11; 114(1):160-164.  View on PubMed
  14. Truong H, Sheikh R, Kotecha R, Kemel Y, Reisz PA, Lenis AT, Mehta NN, Khurram A, Joseph V, Mandelker D, Latham A, Ceyhan-Birsoy O, Ladanyi M, Shah NJ, Walsh MF, Voss MH, Lee CH, Russo P, Coleman JA, Hakimi AA, Feldman DR, Stadler ZK, Robson ME, Motzer RJ, Offit K, Patil S, Carlo MI. Germline Variants Identified in Patients with Early-onset Renal Cell Carcinoma Referred for Germline Genetic Testing. Eur Urol Oncol. 2021 12; 4(6):993-1000.  View on PubMed
  15. Gibney GT, Zaemes J, Shand S, Shah NJ, Swoboda D, Gardner K, Radfar A, Petronic-Rosic V, Reilly MJ, Al-Refaie WB, Rapisuwon S, Atkins MB. PET/CT scan and biopsy-driven approach for safe anti-PD-1 therapy discontinuation in patients with advanced melanoma. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 10; 9(10).  View on PubMed
  16. Tran TH, Nguyen JV, Stecula A, Akutagawa J, Moorman AV, Braun BS, Sali A, Mullighan CG, Shah NP, Dai Y, Devidas M, Roberts KG, Smith CC, Loh ML. The EBF1-PDGFRB T681I mutation is highly resistant to imatinib and dasatinib in vitro and detectable in clinical samples prior to treatment. Haematologica. 2021 08 01; 106(8):2242-2245.  View on PubMed
  17. Doucette K, Shah NJ, Donato ML, Siegel DS, Rowley SD, Vesole DH. Immune tolerance with combined allogeneic haplo-identical haematopoietic stem cell transplant and renal transplant. Br J Haematol. 2021 08; 194(4):779-783.  View on PubMed
  18. Smith CC, Viny AD, Massi E, Kandoth C, Socci ND, Rapaport F, Najm M, Medina-Martinez JS, Papaemmanuil E, Tarver TC, Hsu HH, Le MH, West B, Bollag G, Taylor BS, Levine RL, Shah NP. Recurrent Mutations in Cyclin D3 Confer Clinical Resistance to FLT3 Inhibitors in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 07 15; 27(14):4003-4011.  View on PubMed
  19. Lieber SR, Kim HP, Baldelli L, Evon DM, Teal R, Nash R, Magee G, Desai CS, Gerber D, Serrano P, Shah N, Barritt AS. What Liver Transplant Recipients Want in a Smartphone Intervention to Enhance Recovery: Prototype for the LiveRight Transplant App. Liver Transpl. 2021 04; 27(4):584-589.  View on PubMed
  20. Beattie J, Rizvi H, Fuentes P, Luo J, Schoenfeld A, Lin IH, Postow M, Callahan M, Voss MH, Shah NJ, Betof Warner A, Chawla M, Hellmann MD. Success and failure of additional immune modulators in steroid-refractory/resistant pneumonitis related to immune checkpoint blockade. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 02; 9(2).  View on PubMed

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