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Dan Duda
Director of Translational Research in GI Radiation Oncology
Duda Lab

Duda Lab Research

Duda_HMS_CV.pdf

TARGETING MECHANISMS OF TREATMENT RESISTANCE IN HEPATO-BILIARY-PANCREATIC (HBP) MALIGNANCIES AND METASTATIC DISEASES

My area of research is tumor interaction with its microenvironment and its impact on immunosuppression, angiogenesis and treatment resistance. The goal is identifying new cellular and molecular mechanisms of local tumor progression (in liver cancers) and metastatic tumor progression (in other gastrointestinal cancers and in prostate and breast malignancies), and treatment resistance in advanced cancers.

My current research is aimed at identifying and validating targets for combination therapies that will enhance the efficacy and durability of responses of standard immunotherapy. To this end, my group studying the activity in this combinatorial setting of antiangiogenic drugs, antifibrotic drugs or radiotherapy approaches using preclinical studies that reproduce the hallmarks of human cancers. In parallel, we are conducting studies of biomarkers of response in correlative clinical studies in cancer patients (in more than 40 clinical trials to date). My research efforts are currently supported by grants from Federal sources (US Department of Defense/DoD and National Cancer Institute/NCI) and Foundations, and by agreements with Industry partners.

I have authored over 200 publications so far, of which 130+ are original reports, including in basic research journals such as Cell, Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Genetics, and Science Translational Medicine, as well as in clinical journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature Precision Oncology and JAMA Oncology. Over the last 2 decades, I have been invited to present our results at over 200 local, national and international meetings, including in Grand Rounds, Plenary Talks and Keynote Lectures. For my work, I have received several awards, including from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Cancer Research Institute (CRI), International Association for Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists (IASGO), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

I have been  serving as chartered or ad-hoc Member, and Chair or co-Chair of NCI, American Cancer Society (ACS), and Belgium FWO Med4 panels since 2012. I have been also active internationally. I am currently serving as the Secretary General of the IASGO. In addition, I am a member of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Fibrosis Special Interest Group (SIG) Global Outreach Committee. I have been an Honorary Member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Romania since 2012. 

I am teaching tumor biology and translational oncology through daily supervision of postdoctoral research fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. In the past 15 years, I have been teaching in IASGO Postgraduate Courses in USA, Asia, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and nationally in ASTRO, ESTRO, and RTOG translational meetings for residents and clinicians and locally in the MIT-HMS HST Program since 2005. I have been coordinating a research exchange student program with University of Muenster, Germany since 2015, and I have been directing an Annual Course titled “Methods in Biomedical Engineering, Tumor Biology and Immunology” at MGH since 2004. 

I obtained a DMD from the University of Medicine Iasi, Romania in 1993, and earned a PhD in Medical Sciences (Gastrointestinal Surgery) from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan in 2001. After graduation, I pursued postdoctoral training with Professor Rakesh K. Jain in the Steele Laboratories for Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, MGH and Harvard Medical School in Boston. I became a Junior Faculty member (Instructor) in 2004, and then rose through the ranks to Full Investigator at MGH Research Institute in 2016 and Associate Professor of Tumor Biology (Radiation Oncology) at Harvard Medical School in 2012. In 2016, I was appointed as the Director of Translational Research in Gastrointestinal Radiation Oncology at MGH.

(For more information, see full CV above.) 

Duda Lab Careers

Postdoctoral Fellow

Investigator: Duda, Dan
Date Posted: 2013-08-28
Description
The Steele Laboratory is currently seeking postdoctoral applicants with expertise in molecular biology and cell biology. The project requires a motivated, independent researcher to carry out a project aimed at understanding the molecular underpinnings of liver cancer progression depending on the etiology, as well as of the differential responses to standard therapies.
Requirements
Applicants should send a CV, career statement and three letters of reference to: Dan G. Duda, DMD, PhD Associate Professor Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School 100 Blossom Street, Cox Building 734, Boston, MA 02114 duda@steele.mgh.harvard.edu

Selected Publications (from total of 179)

Millar DG, Ramjiawan RR, Kawaguchi K, Gupta N, Chen J, Zhang S, Nojiri T, Ho WW, Aoki S, Jung K, Chen I, Shi F, Heather JM, Shigeta K, Morton LT, Sepulveda S, Wan L, Joseph R, Minogue E, Khatri A, Bardia A, Ellisen LW, Corcoran RB, Hata AN, Pai SI, Jain RK, Fukumura D, Duda DG, Cobbold M
Antibody-mediated delivery of viral epitopes to tumors harnesses CMV-specific T cells for cancer therapy.
Nat Biotechnol. 2020;:ePub - PMID: 32042168 - DOI: 10.1038/s41587-019-0404-8
Kong N, Tao W, Ling X, Wang J, Xiao Y, Shi S, Ji X, Shajii A, Gan ST, Kim NY, Duda DG, Xie T, Farokhzad OC, Shi J
Synthetic mRNA nanoparticle-mediated restoration of p53 tumor suppressor sensitizes <i>p53</i>-deficient cancers to mTOR inhibition.
Sci Transl Med. 2019;11(523):ePub - PMID: 31852795 - DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaw1565
Shigeta K, Datta M, Hato T, Kitahara S, Chen IX, Matsui A, Kikuchi H, Mamessier E, Aoki S, Ramjiawan RR, Ochiai H, Bardeesy N, Huang P, Cobbold M, Zhu AX, Jain RK, Duda DG
Dual PD-1 and VEGFR-2 blockade promotes vascular normalization and enhances anti-tumor immune responses in HCC.
Hepatology. 2019;:ePub - PMID: 31378984 - DOI: 10.1002/hep.30889
Hong TS, Grassberger C, Yeap BY, Jiang W, Wo JY, Goyal L, Clark JW, Crane CH, Koay EJ, Dima S, Eyler CE, Popescu I, DeLaney TF, Zhu AX, Duda DG
Pretreatment plasma HGF as potential biomarker for susceptibility to radiation-induced liver dysfunction after radiotherapy.
NPJ Precis Oncol. 2018;2:22 - PMID: 30374460 - PMCID: PMC6194077 - DOI: 10.1038/s41698-018-0065-y
Jusakul A, Cutcutache I, Yong CH, Lim JQ, Huang MN, Padmanabhan N, Nellore V, Kongpetch S, Ng AWT, Ng LM, Choo SP, Myint SS, Thanan R, Nagarajan S, Lim WK, Ng CCY, Boot A, Liu M, Ong CK, Rajasegaran V, Lie S, Lim AST, Lim TH, Tan J, Loh JL, McPherson JR, Khuntikeo N, Bhudhisawasdi V, Yongvanit P, Wongkham S, Totoki Y, Nakamura H, Arai Y, Yamasaki S, Chow PKH, Chung AYF, Ooi LLPJ, Lim KH, Dima S, Duda DG, Popescu I, Broet P, Hsieh SY, Yu MC, Scarpa A, Lai J, Luo DX, Carvalho AL, Vettore AL, Rhee H, Park YN, Alexandrov L, Gordan R, Rozen SG, Shibata T, Pairojkul C, Teh BT, Tan P
Whole-Genome and Epigenomic Landscapes of Etiologically Distinct Subtypes of Cholangiocarcinoma.
Cancer Discov. 2017;7(10):1116-1135 - PMID: 28667006 - PMCID: PMC5628134 - DOI: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-17-0368
Chen Y, Liu YC, Sung YC, Ramjiawan RR, Lin TT, Chang CC, Jeng KS, Chang CF, Liu CH, Gao DY, Hsu FF, Duyverman AM, Kitahara S, Huang P, Dima S, Popescu I, Flaherty KT, Zhu AX, Bardeesy N, Jain RK, Benes CH, Duda DG
Overcoming sorafenib evasion in hepatocellular carcinoma using CXCR4-targeted nanoparticles to co-deliver MEK-inhibitors.
Sci Rep. 2017;7:44123 - PMID: 28276530 - PMCID: PMC5343435 - DOI: 10.1038/srep44123
Goyal L, Zheng H, Yurgelun MB, Abrams TA, Allen JN, Cleary JM, Knowles M, Regan E, Reardon A, Khachatryan A, Jain RK, Nardi V, Borger DR, Duda DG, Zhu AX
A phase 2 and biomarker study of cabozantinib in patients with advanced cholangiocarcinoma.
Cancer. 2017;123(11):1979-1988 - PMID: 28192597 - PMCID: PMC5444988 - DOI: 10.1002/cncr.30571
Popp I, Grosu AL, Niedermann G, Duda DG
Immune modulation by hypofractionated stereotactic radiation therapy: Therapeutic implications.
Radiother Oncol. 2016;120(2):185-94 - PMID: 27495145 - DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2016.07.013
Hato T, Zhu AX, Duda DG
Rationally combining anti-VEGF therapy with checkpoint inhibitors in hepatocellular carcinoma.
Immunotherapy. 2016;8(3):299-313 - PMID: 26865127 - PMCID: PMC5619018 - DOI: 10.2217/imt.15.126
Han HS, Niemeyer E, Huang Y, Kamoun WS, Martin JD, Bhaumik J, Chen Y, Roberge S, Cui J, Martin MR, Fukumura D, Jain RK, Bawendi MG, Duda DG
Quantum dot/antibody conjugates for in vivo cytometric imaging in mice.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015;112(5):1350-5 - PMID: 25605916 - PMCID: PMC4321304 - DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1421632111
Hong TS, Ryan DP, Borger DR, Blaszkowsky LS, Yeap BY, Ancukiewicz M, Deshpande V, Shinagare S, Wo JY, Boucher Y, Wadlow RC, Kwak EL, Allen JN, Clark JW, Zhu AX, Ferrone CR, Mamon HJ, Adams J, Winrich B, Grillo T, Jain RK, DeLaney TF, Fernandez-Del Castillo C, Duda DG
A Phase 1/2 and Biomarker Study of Preoperative Short Course Chemoradiation With Proton Beam Therapy and Capecitabine Followed By Early Surgery for Resectable Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma.
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;89(4):830-8 - PMID: 24867540 - PMCID: PMC4791180 - DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.03.034
Chan-On W, Nairismägi ML, Ong CK, Lim WK, Dima S, Pairojkul C, Lim KH, McPherson JR, Cutcutache I, Heng HL, Ooi L, Chung A, Chow P, Cheow PC, Lee SY, Choo SP, Tan IB, Duda D, Nastase A, Myint SS, Wong BH, Gan A, Rajasegaran V, Ng CC, Nagarajan S, Jusakul A, Zhang S, Vohra P, Yu W, Huang D, Sithithaworn P, Yongvanit P, Wongkham S, Khuntikeo N, Bhudhisawasdi V, Popescu I, Rozen SG, Tan P, Teh BT
Exome sequencing identifies distinct mutational patterns in liver fluke-related and non-infection-related bile duct cancers.
Nat Genet. 2013;45(12):1474-8 - PMID: 24185513 - DOI: 10.1038/ng.2806
Zhu AX, Ancukiewicz M, Supko JG, Sahani DV, Blaszkowsky LS, Meyerhardt JA, Abrams TA, Jackson McCleary N, Bhargava P, Muzikansky A, Sheehan S, Regan E, Vasudev E, Knowles M, Fuchs CS, Ryan DP, Jain RK, Duda DG
Efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics and biomarkers of cediranib monotherapy in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma: A phase II study.
Clin Cancer Res. 2013;19(6):1557-66 - PMID: 23362324 - PMCID: PMC3609423 - DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-12-3041
Duda DG, Duyverman AM, Kohno M, Snuderl M, Steller EJ, Fukumura D, Jain RK
Malignant cells facilitate lung metastasis by bringing their own soil.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010;107(50):21677-82 - PMID: 21098274 - PMCID: PMC3003109 - DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1016234107
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