Lukas Chavez, Ph.D.

Lukas Chavez's Research Focus

Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Computational Modeling, Gene Expression, Gene Silencing, Genomics, Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)
Brain Cancer, Cancer
Cancer Biology, Cancer Epigenetics, Chromosome Dynamics, Combinatorial Therapies, Gene Regulation, Genomic Instability, Oncogenes, Transcriptional Regulation
Clinical and Transitional Research, Computational Modeling, Cultured Cell Lines, Human, Human Cell Lines, Mouse


 

Lukas Chavez's Bio

Lukas Chavez is an Assistant Professor at the Sanford Burnham Prebys. He is also the Director of the Clayes Research Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Institute for Genomic Medicine at the Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. In this role, he works with a team of physicians and scientists to capture genomic, transcriptomic, epigenetic and functional data from pediatric brain tumor patients, and uses this information to improve diagnosis and treatment. His research interests focus on structural variants as well as circular extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA) in childhood cancers. These extrachromosomal DNA circles are frequently found in highly aggressive solid tumors and represent a new target for improved therapeutic approaches.

 

Education

2010: Ph.D., Free University, Berlin

 

Honors and Recognition

2020: St. Baldrick's Scholar Award, St. Baldrick's Foundation
2019: Award of Excellence in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Society of Neuro-Oncology
2012–2015: Feodor-Lynen Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation


scientist at work

Publications

3D genome mapping identifies subgroup-specific chromosome conformations and tumor-dependency genes in ependymoma.

Okonechnikov K, Camgöz A, Chapman O, Wani S, Park DE, Hübner JM, Chakraborty A, Pagadala M, Bump R, Chandran S, Kraft K, Acuna-Hidalgo R, Reid D, Sikkink K, Mauermann M, Juarez EF, Jenseit A, Robinson JT, Pajtler KW, Milde T, Jäger N, Fiesel P, Morgan L, Sridhar S, Coufal NG, Levy M, Malicki D, Hobbs C, Kingsmore S, Nahas S, Snuderl M, Crawford J, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Davidson TB, Cotter J, Michaiel G, Fleischhack G, Mundlos S, Schmitt A, Carter H, Michealraj KA, Kumar SA, Taylor MD, Rich J, Buchholz F, Mesirov JP, Pfister SM, Ay F, Dixon JR, Kool M, Chavez L

Nat Commun 2023 Apr 21 ;14(1):2300

The landscape of genomic alterations across childhood cancers.

Gröbner SN, Worst BC, Weischenfeldt J, Buchhalter I, Kleinheinz K, Rudneva VA, Johann PD, Balasubramanian GP, Segura-Wang M, Brabetz S, Bender S, Hutter B, Sturm D, Pfaff E, Hübschmann D, Zipprich G, Heinold M, Eils J, Lawerenz C, Erkek S, Lambo S, Waszak S, Blattmann C, Borkhardt A, Kuhlen M, Eggert A, Fulda S, Gessler M, Wegert J, Kappler R, Baumhoer D, Burdach S, Kirschner-Schwabe R, Kontny U, Kulozik AE, Lohmann D, Hettmer S, Eckert C, Bielack S, Nathrath M, Niemeyer C, Richter GH, Schulte J, Siebert R, Westermann F, Molenaar JJ, Vassal G, Witt H, ICGC PedBrain-Seq Project, ICGC MMML-Seq Project, Burkhardt B, Kratz CP, Witt O, van Tilburg CM, Kramm CM, Fleischhack G, Dirksen U, Rutkowski S, Frühwald M, von Hoff K, Wolf S, Klingebiel T, Koscielniak E, Landgraf P, Koster J, Resnick AC, Zhang J, Liu Y, Zhou X, Waanders AJ, Zwijnenburg DA, Raman P, Brors B, Weber UD, Northcott PA, Pajtler KW, Kool M, Piro RM, Korbel JO, Schlesner M, Eils R, Jones DTW, Lichter P, Chavez L, Zapatka M, Pfister SM

Nature 2018 Mar 15 ;555(7696):321-327

Therapeutic targeting of ependymoma as informed by oncogenic enhancer profiling.

Mack SC, Pajtler KW, Chavez L, Okonechnikov K, Bertrand KC, Wang X, Erkek S, Federation A, Song A, Lee C, Wang X, McDonald L, Morrow JJ, Saiakhova A, Sin-Chan P, Wu Q, Michaelraj KA, Miller TE, Hubert CG, Ryzhova M, Garzia L, Donovan L, Dombrowski S, Factor DC, Luu B, Valentim CLL, Gimple RC, Morton A, Kim L, Prager BC, Lee JJY, Wu X, Zuccaro J, Thompson Y, Holgado BL, Reimand J, Ke SQ, Tropper A, Lai S, Vijayarajah S, Doan S, Mahadev V, Miñan AF, Gröbner SN, Lienhard M, Zapatka M, Huang Z, Aldape KD, Carcaboso AM, Houghton PJ, Keir ST, Milde T, Witt H, Li Y, Li CJ, Bian XW, Jones DTW, Scott I, Singh SK, Huang A, Dirks PB, Bouffet E, Bradner JE, Ramaswamy V, Jabado N, Rutka JT, Northcott PA, Lupien M, Lichter P, Korshunov A, Scacheri PC, Pfister SM, Kool M, Taylor MD, Rich JN

Nature 2018 Jan 4 ;553(7686):101-105

Circular extrachromosomal DNA promotes tumor heterogeneity in high-risk medulloblastoma.

Chapman OS, Luebeck J, Sridhar S, Wong IT, Dixit D, Wang S, Prasad G, Rajkumar U, Pagadala MS, Larson JD, He BJ, Hung KL, Lange JT, Dehkordi SR, Chandran S, Adam M, Morgan L, Wani S, Tiwari A, Guccione C, Lin Y, Dutta A, Lo YY, Juarez E, Robinson JT, Korshunov A, Michaels JA, Cho YJ, Malicki DM, Coufal NG, Levy ML, Hobbs C, Scheuermann RH, Crawford JR, Pomeroy SL, Rich JN, Zhang X, Chang HY, Dixon JR, Bagchi A, Deshpande AJ, Carter H, Fraenkel E, Mischel PS, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Bafna V, Mesirov JP, Chavez L

Nat Genet 2023 Dec ;55(12):2189-2199

3D genome mapping identifies subgroup-specific chromosome conformations and tumor-dependency genes in ependymoma.

Okonechnikov K, Camgöz A, Chapman O, Wani S, Park DE, Hübner JM, Chakraborty A, Pagadala M, Bump R, Chandran S, Kraft K, Acuna-Hidalgo R, Reid D, Sikkink K, Mauermann M, Juarez EF, Jenseit A, Robinson JT, Pajtler KW, Milde T, Jäger N, Fiesel P, Morgan L, Sridhar S, Coufal NG, Levy M, Malicki D, Hobbs C, Kingsmore S, Nahas S, Snuderl M, Crawford J, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Davidson TB, Cotter J, Michaiel G, Fleischhack G, Mundlos S, Schmitt A, Carter H, Michealraj KA, Kumar SA, Taylor MD, Rich J, Buchholz F, Mesirov JP, Pfister SM, Ay F, Dixon JR, Kool M, Chavez L

Nat Commun 2023 Apr 21 ;14(1):2300

Transcription Elongation Machinery Is a Druggable Dependency and Potentiates Immunotherapy in Glioblastoma Stem Cells.

Qiu Z, Zhao L, Shen JZ, Liang Z, Wu Q, Yang K, Min L, Gimple RC, Yang Q, Bhargava S, Jin C, Kim C, Hinz D, Dixit D, Bernatchez JA, Prager BC, Zhang G, Dong Z, Lv D, Wang X, Kim LJY, Zhu Z, Jones KA, Zheng Y, Wang X, Siqueira-Neto JL, Chavez L, Fu XD, Spruck C, Rich JN

Cancer Discov 2022 Feb ;12(2):502-521

Notch Signaling between Cerebellar Granule Cell Progenitors.

Adachi T, Miyashita S, Yamashita M, Shimoda M, Okonechnikov K, Chavez L, Kool M, Pfister SM, Inoue T, Kawauchi D, Hoshino M

eNeuro 2021 May-Jun ;8(3)

PTEN deficiency leads to proteasome addiction: a novel vulnerability in glioblastoma.

Benitez JA, Finlay D, Castanza A, Parisian AD, Ma J, Longobardi C, Campos A, Vadla R, Izurieta A, Scerra G, Koga T, Long T, Chavez L, Mesirov JP, Vuori K, Furnari F

Neuro Oncol 2021 Jul 1 ;23(7):1072-1086

Reduced chromatin binding of MYC is a key effect of HDAC inhibition in MYC amplified medulloblastoma.

Ecker J, Thatikonda V, Sigismondo G, Selt F, Valinciute G, Oehme I, Müller C, Buhl JL, Ridinger J, Usta D, Qin N, van Tilburg CM, Herold-Mende C, Remke M, Sahm F, Westermann F, Kool M, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Chavez L, Krijgsveld J, Jäger N, Pfister SM, Witt O, Milde T

Neuro Oncol 2021 Feb 25 ;23(2):226-239

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