Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD

Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Science, Chief Scientific Officer

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Professor, Department of Medicine

Dafna Bar-Sagi
oncogene function in pancreatic cancer, signal transduction, ras function, inflammation, ras signaling

The transformation of normal cells to cancer cells is tightly linked to alterations in signaling cascades that control cell proliferation, differentiation and motility. The research in our laboratory focuses a signaling axis that is deregulated in more than 30% of human cancers due to the mutational activation of the GTP-binding protein Ras. We are interested in defining the contribution of specific molecular perturbations in this signaling axis to cancer initiation and progression with the ultimate goal of utilizing this information for the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Ongoing projects in the laboratory include the development of cell- and animal-based models to study the role of inflammation in Ras-driven tumorigenesis, the characterization of feedback mechanisms that control the functional output of the Ras signaling axis and the use of chemical biology approaches to identify new modalities for therapeutic targeting.





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Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Professor, Department of Medicine

Senior Vice President and Vice Dean for Science, Chief Scientific Officer

PhD from State University of New York at Stony Brook

Cullis, Jane; Das, Shipra; Bar-Sagi, Dafna

Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in medicine. 2018 Sep 04; 8(9):

Handler, Jesse; Cullis, Jane; Avanzi, Antonina; Vucic, Emily A; Bar-Sagi, Dafna

Oncogene. 2018 Aug 02; 37(31):4334-4342

Aiello, Nicole M; Maddipati, Ravikanth; Norgard, Robert J; Balli, David; Li, Jinyang; Yuan, Salina; Yamazoe, Taiji; Black, Taylor; Sahmoud, Amine; Furth, Emma E; Bar-Sagi, Dafna; Stanger, Ben Z

Developmental cell. 2018 Jun 18; 45(6):681-695.e4

Jang, Jung-Eun; Hajdu, Cristina H; Liot, Caroline; Miller, George; Dustin, Michael L; Bar-Sagi, Dafna

Cell reports. 2017 Jul 18; 20(3):558-571

A phase Ib study combining irinotecan with AZD1775, a selective WEE 1 kinase inhibitor, in RAS/RAF mutated metastatic colorectal cancer patients who progressed on first line therapy [Meeting Abstract] . Opens in a new tab

Cohen, D J; Grabocka, E; Bar-Sagi, D; Godin, R; Leichman, L P

Journal of clinical oncology. 2017 Jun 20; (2017):

Fehrenbacher, Nicole; Tojal da Silva, Israel; Ramirez, Craig; Zhou, Yong; Cho, Kwang-Jin; Kuchay, Shafi; Shi, Jie; Thomas, Susan; Pagano, Michele; Hancock, John F; Bar-Sagi, Dafna; Philips, Mark R

Journal of cell biology. 2017 Jun 15; 216(8):2329-2338

Cullis, Jane E; Siolas, Despina; Avanzi, Antonina; Barui, Sugata; Maitra, Anirban; Bar-Sagi, Dafna

Cancer immunology research. 2017 Jan 20; 5(3):182-190

Stress Granules in Pancreatic Cancer: Drug Resistance & Treatment . Opens in a new tab

Grabocka, Elda; Bar-Sagi, Dafna

Oncology times. 2017; 39(4):30-34

New Science Building Lays the Groundwork for Collaboration

With a Mentor’s Help, a Cancer Biologist Pursues a Startup

Researchers Unlock New Insights to Pancreatic Cancer

Energy, Ingenuity & the Future of Biomedical Research

NCI Gives Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi Outstanding Investigator Award

Weakness Exposed in Common Cancer Gene

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