Researcher’s Profile

Murty Vundavalli, PhD

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Our laboratory is interested in understanding the genetic and epigenetic basis of cervical cancer and hematologic malignancies. One of the major goals is to make attempts to identify prognostic markers of response to treatment. 

Research Statement: 

Carcinoma of uterine cervix is a common malignancy among women worldwide. Most cervical cancers are preceded by distinct preneoplastic epithelial changes providing opportunities to study genetic alterations at an early stage of transformation. Our genome-wide search for genetic and epigenetic alterations has identified several sites of copy number alterations, gene amplifications, and specific genetic pathways in invasive cancer. We are currently evaluating a predictive biomarker of apoptotic response to stratify patients that benefit combination drug therapy.  

In leukemia and lymphoma, a similar strategy is applied to identify genetic and epigenetic predictive markers of response to treatment.  Preclinical validations of a number of epigenetically inactivated markers are underway.

Publications: 

Mathur D, Stratikopoulos E, Ozturk S, Steinbach N, Pegno S, Schoenfeld S, Yong R, Murty VV, Asara JM, Cantley LC, Parsons R. PTEN Regulates Glutamine Flux to Pyrimidine Synthesis and Sensitivity to Dihydroorotate Dehydrogenase Inhibition. Cancer Discov. 2017 Mar 2. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-16-0612. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28255082

Xia Y, Xu-Monette ZY, Tzankov A, Li X, Manyam GC, Murty V, Bhagat G, Zhang S, Pasqualucci L, Zhang L, Visco C, Dybkaer K, Chiu A, Orazi A, Zu Y, Richards KL, Hsi ED, Choi WW, van Krieken JH, Huh J, Ponzoni M, Ferreri AJ, Møller MB, Parsons BM, Winter JN, Piris MA, Westin J, Fowler N, Miranda RN, Ok CY, Li J, Medeiros LJ, Young KH. Loss of PRDM1/BLIMP-1 function contributes to poor prognosis for activated B-cell-like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Leukemia. 31: 625-636, 2017. PMID 27568520

Margolskee E, Jobanputra V, Jain P, Chen J, Ganapathi K, Nahum O, Levy B, Morscio J, Murty V, Tousseyn T, Alobeid B, Mansukhani M, Bhagat G. Genetic landscape of T- and NK-cell post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders. Oncotarget. 7:37636-37648, 2016.

Ganapathi KA, Jobanputra V, Iwamoto F, Jain P, Chen J, Cascione L, Nahum O, Levy B, Xie Y, Khattar P, Hoehn D, Bertoni F, Murty VV, Pittaluga S, Jaffe ES, Alobeid B, Mansukhani MM, Bhagat G. The genetic landscape of dural marginal zone lymphomas. Oncotarget. 7:43052-43061, 2016.

Tannenbaum-Dvir S, Glade Bender JL, Church AJ, Janeway KA, Harris MH, Mansukhani MM, Nagy PL, Andrews SJ, Murty VV, Kadenhe-Chiweshe A, Connolly EP, Kung AL, Dela Cruz FS. Characterization of a novel fusion gene EML4-NTRK3 in a case of recurrent congenital fibrosarcoma. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2015 Oct;1(1):a000471.