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William Alexander Flavahan PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentMolecular, Cell and Cancer Biology
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    DepartmentMolecular, Cell and Cancer Biology


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    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United StatesBEBiomedical Engineering
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United StatesPHDMolecular Medicine

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    1. Flavahan WA. Epigenetic plasticity, selection, and tumorigenesis. Biochem Soc Trans. 2020 Aug 28; 48(4):1609-1621. PMID: 32794546.
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    2. Flavahan WA, Drier Y, Johnstone SE, Hemming ML, Tarjan DR, Hegazi E, Shareef SJ, Javed NM, Raut CP, Eschle BK, Gokhale PC, Hornick JL, Sicinska ET, Demetri GD, Bernstein BE. Altered chromosomal topology drives oncogenic programs in SDH-deficient GISTs. Nature. 2019 11; 575(7781):229-233. PMID: 31666694.
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    3. Tarjan DR, Flavahan WA, Bernstein BE. Epigenome editing strategies for the functional annotation of CTCF insulators. Nat Commun. 2019 09 18; 10(1):4258. PMID: 31534142.
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    4. Nickerson KP, Senger S, Zhang Y, Lima R, Patel S, Ingano L, Flavahan WA, Kumar DKV, Fraser CM, Faherty CS, Sztein MB, Fiorentino M, Fasano A. Salmonella Typhi Colonization Provokes Extensive Transcriptional Changes Aimed at Evading Host Mucosal Immune Defense During Early Infection of Human Intestinal Tissue. EBioMedicine. 2018 May; 31:92-109. PMID: 29735417.
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    5. Flavahan WA, Gaskell E, Bernstein BE. Epigenetic plasticity and the hallmarks of cancer. Science. 2017 Jul 21; 357(6348). PMID: 28729483.
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    6. Miller TE, Liau BB, Wallace LC, Morton AR, Xie Q, Dixit D, Factor DC, Kim LJY, Morrow JJ, Wu Q, Mack SC, Hubert CG, Gillespie SM, Flavahan WA, Hoffmann T, Thummalapalli R, Hemann MT, Paddison PJ, Horbinski CM, Zuber J, Scacheri PC, Bernstein BE, Tesar PJ, Rich JN. Transcription elongation factors represent in vivo cancer dependencies in glioblastoma. Nature. 2017 07 20; 547(7663):355-359. PMID: 28678782.
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    7. Wang X, Yang K, Xie Q, Wu Q, Mack SC, Shi Y, Kim LJY, Prager BC, Flavahan WA, Liu X, Singer M, Hubert CG, Miller TE, Zhou W, Huang Z, Fang X, Regev A, Suvà ML, Hwang TH, Locasale JW, Bao S, Rich JN. Purine synthesis promotes maintenance of brain tumor initiating cells in glioma. Nat Neurosci. 2017 May; 20(5):661-673. PMID: 28346452.
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    8. Liau BB, Sievers C, Donohue LK, Gillespie SM, Flavahan WA, Miller TE, Venteicher AS, Hebert CH, Carey CD, Rodig SJ, Shareef SJ, Najm FJ, van Galen P, Wakimoto H, Cahill DP, Rich JN, Aster JC, Suvà ML, Patel AP, Bernstein BE. Adaptive Chromatin Remodeling Drives Glioblastoma Stem Cell Plasticity and Drug Tolerance. Cell Stem Cell. 2017 02 02; 20(2):233-246.e7. PMID: 27989769.
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    9. Otvos B, Silver DJ, Mulkearns-Hubert EE, Alvarado AG, Turaga SM, Sorensen MD, Rayman P, Flavahan WA, Hale JS, Stoltz K, Sinyuk M, Wu Q, Jarrar A, Kim SH, Fox PL, Nakano I, Rich JN, Ransohoff RM, Finke J, Kristensen BW, Vogelbaum MA, Lathia JD. Cancer Stem Cell-Secreted Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor Stimulates Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cell Function and Facilitates Glioblastoma Immune Evasion. Stem Cells. 2016 08; 34(8):2026-39. PMID: 27145382.
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    10. Flavahan WA, Drier Y, Liau BB, Gillespie SM, Venteicher AS, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Suvà ML, Bernstein BE. Insulator dysfunction and oncogene activation in IDH mutant gliomas. Nature. 2016 Jan 07; 529(7584):110-4. PMID: 26700815.
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    11. Schonberg DL, Miller TE, Wu Q, Flavahan WA, Das NK, Hale JS, Hubert CG, Mack SC, Jarrar AM, Karl RT, Rosager AM, Nixon AM, Tesar PJ, Hamerlik P, Kristensen BW, Horbinski C, Connor JR, Fox PL, Lathia JD, Rich JN. Preferential Iron Trafficking Characterizes Glioblastoma Stem-like Cells. Cancer Cell. 2015 Oct 12; 28(4):441-455. PMID: 26461092.
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    12. Alvarado AG, Turaga SM, Sathyan P, Mulkearns-Hubert EE, Otvos B, Silver DJ, Hale JS, Flavahan WA, Zinn PO, Sinyuk M, Li M, Guda MR, Velpula KK, Tsung AJ, Nakano I, Vogelbaum MA, Majumder S, Rich JN, Lathia JD. Coordination of self-renewal in glioblastoma by integration of adhesion and microRNA signaling. Neuro Oncol. 2016 05; 18(5):656-66. PMID: 26374689.
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    13. Xie Q, Wu Q, Mack SC, Yang K, Kim L, Hubert CG, Flavahan WA, Chu C, Bao S, Rich JN. CDC20 maintains tumor initiating cells. Oncotarget. 2015 May 30; 6(15):13241-54. PMID: 25938542.
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    14. Hitomi M, Deleyrolle LP, Mulkearns-Hubert EE, Jarrar A, Li M, Sinyuk M, Otvos B, Brunet S, Flavahan WA, Hubert CG, Goan W, Hale JS, Alvarado AG, Zhang A, Rohaus M, Oli M, Vedam-Mai V, Fortin JM, Futch HS, Griffith B, Wu Q, Xia CH, Gong X, Ahluwalia MS, Rich JN, Reynolds BA, Lathia JD. Differential connexin function enhances self-renewal in glioblastoma. Cell Rep. 2015 May 19; 11(7):1031-42. PMID: 25959821.
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    15. Xie Q, Wu Q, Horbinski CM, Flavahan WA, Yang K, Zhou W, Dombrowski SM, Huang Z, Fang X, Shi Y, Ferguson AN, Kashatus DF, Bao S, Rich JN. Mitochondrial control by DRP1 in brain tumor initiating cells. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Apr; 18(4):501-10. PMID: 25730670.
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    16. Zhou W, Ke SQ, Huang Z, Flavahan W, Fang X, Paul J, Wu L, Sloan AE, McLendon RE, Li X, Rich JN, Bao S. Periostin secreted by glioblastoma stem cells recruits M2 tumour-associated macrophages and promotes malignant growth. Nat Cell Biol. 2015 Feb; 17(2):170-82. PMID: 25580734.
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    17. Xie Q, Flavahan WA, Bao S, Rich J. The tailless root of glioma: cancer stem cells. Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Aug 07; 15(2):114-6. PMID: 25105574.
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    18. Hale JS, Otvos B, Sinyuk M, Alvarado AG, Hitomi M, Stoltz K, Wu Q, Flavahan W, Levison B, Johansen ML, Schmitt D, Neltner JM, Huang P, Ren B, Sloan AE, Silverstein RL, Gladson CL, DiDonato JA, Brown JM, McIntyre T, Hazen SL, Horbinski C, Rich JN, Lathia JD. Cancer stem cell-specific scavenger receptor CD36 drives glioblastoma progression. Stem Cells. 2014 Jul; 32(7):1746-58. PMID: 24737733.
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    19. Bai Y, Lathia JD, Zhang P, Flavahan W, Rich JN, Mattson MP. Molecular targeting of TRF2 suppresses the growth and tumorigenesis of glioblastoma stem cells. Glia. 2014 Oct; 62(10):1687-98. PMID: 24909307.
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    20. Liu JK, Lubelski D, Schonberg DL, Wu Q, Hale JS, Flavahan WA, Mulkearns-Hubert EE, Man J, Hjelmeland AB, Yu J, Lathia JD, Rich JN. Phage display discovery of novel molecular targets in glioblastoma-initiating cells. Cell Death Differ. 2014 Aug; 21(8):1325-39. PMID: 24832468.
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    21. Lathia JD, Li M, Sinyuk M, Alvarado AG, Flavahan WA, Stoltz K, Rosager AM, Hale J, Hitomi M, Gallagher J, Wu Q, Martin J, Vidal JG, Nakano I, Dahlrot RH, Hansen S, McLendon RE, Sloan AE, Bao S, Hjelmeland AB, Carson CT, Naik UP, Kristensen B, Rich JN. High-throughput flow cytometry screening reveals a role for junctional adhesion molecule a as a cancer stem cell maintenance factor. Cell Rep. 2014 Jan 16; 6(1):117-29. PMID: 24373972.
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    22. Venere M, Hamerlik P, Wu Q, Rasmussen RD, Song LA, Vasanji A, Tenley N, Flavahan WA, Hjelmeland AB, Bartek J, Rich JN. Therapeutic targeting of constitutive PARP activation compromises stem cell phenotype and survival of glioblastoma-initiating cells. Cell Death Differ. 2014 Feb; 21(2):258-69. PMID: 24121277.
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    23. Flavahan WA, Wu Q, Hitomi M, Rahim N, Kim Y, Sloan AE, Weil RJ, Nakano I, Sarkaria JN, Stringer BW, Day BW, Li M, Lathia JD, Rich JN, Hjelmeland AB. Brain tumor initiating cells adapt to restricted nutrition through preferential glucose uptake. Nat Neurosci. 2013 Oct; 16(10):1373-82. PMID: 23995067.
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    24. Heddleston JM, Hitomi M, Venere M, Flavahan WA, Yang K, Kim Y, Minhas S, Rich JN, Hjelmeland AB. Glioma stem cell maintenance: the role of the microenvironment. Curr Pharm Des. 2011; 17(23):2386-401. PMID: 21827414.
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    25. Zhang P, Lathia JD, Flavahan WA, Rich JN, Mattson MP. Squelching glioblastoma stem cells by targeting REST for proteasomal degradation. Trends Neurosci. 2009 Nov; 32(11):559-65. PMID: 19748686.
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    26. Flavahan NA, Bailey SR, Flavahan WA, Mitra S, Flavahan S. Imaging remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton in vascular smooth muscle cells after mechanosensitive arteriolar constriction. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2005 Feb; 288(2):H660-9. PMID: 15388507.
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