Molecular Pharmacology Program
The Alex Kentsis Lab
We study the biology of cancers that affect children and young adults ranging from embryonal tumors in infants, leukemias and brain tumors in children, and sarcomas in young adults. Scientists in our group use inter-disciplinary experimental tools as they work to understand the fundamental causes of cancer and to develop definitive therapies for their control. Detailed information about our research is available at http://alexkentsis.net.
Kazansky et al. Mechanisms of clinical resistance to EZH2 inhibition in BAF-deficient sarcomas. In Preparation.
Jubierre et al. An ancient DNA transposase responsible for human brain development. In Preparation.
Kwok et al. Integrative proteogenomics using ProteomeGenerator2. In Preparation.
Keller R, Yamada M, Cameron D, Suzuki H, Sanghrajka R, Vaynshteyn J, Gerwin J, Maura F, Hooper W, Shah M, Robine N, Demarest P, Bayin SN, Jubierre L, Reed C, Taylor MD, Joyner AL, Raju PG, Kentsis A. Childhood cancer mutagenesis caused by a domesticated DNA transposase. Submitted.
Takao S, Morell V, Brown FC, Koche R, Kentsis A. Epigenetic mechanisms controlling human leukemia stem cells and therapy resistance. Submitted.
Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD
- Cancer biologist and pediatric oncologist Alex Kentsis leads research in the functional proteomics and molecular pharmacology of refractory childhood cancers.
- MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- PhD, New York University
- Louise and Allston Boyer Award for Clinical Research
- Terry Ann Krulwich Physician-Scientist Alumni Award (2020)
- Pershing Square Sohn Prize
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar Award (2019)
- Josie Robertson Investigator (2013-2018)
- St. Baldrick’s Robert J. Arceci Innovation Award
- Elected Member of American Society for Clinical Investigation
- Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award (2018)
- Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award
- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award (2016)
- American Society of Hematology Scholar Award (2014)
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists (2013)
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Residency in Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
- MD, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York University
- AB, SM, University of Chicago
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