Rajeev Vibhakar, MD, PhD, MPH/MSPH
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation

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Medical School:
  • MD, New York Medical College (1999)
Graduate Schools :
  • PhD, New York Medical College (1999)
  • MPH, New York Medical College (1999)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Macalester College (MN) (1991)
Residency:
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Program, Pediatrics (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Program, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology (2005)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation
Research interests for Patients:
My research focuses on genetic mechanisms by which normal brain cells become cancerous and how these genetic differences can be used to better diagnose and treat children with brain tumors.

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2008)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics

Publications

  • Flannery PC, DeSisto JA, Amani V, Venkataraman S, Lemma RT, Prince EW, Donson A, Moroze EE, Hoffman L, Levy JMM, Foreman N, Vibhakar R, Green AL. Preclinical analysis of MTOR complex 1/2 inhibition in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Oncol Rep. 2018 Feb;39(2):455-464. PubMed PMID: 29207163
  • Alimova I, Pierce A, Danis E, Donson A, Birks DK, Griesinger A, Foreman NK, Santi M, Soucek L, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Inhibition of MYC attenuates tumor cell self-renewal and promotes senescence in SMARCB1 deficient Group 2 Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors to suppress tumor growth in vivo. Int J Cancer. 2018 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30230537
  • Donson AM, Amani V, Warner EA, Griesinger AM, Witt DA, Levy JMM, Hoffman LM, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Vibhakar R, Dorris K, Foreman NK. Identification of FDA-Approved Oncology Drugs with Selective Potency in High-Risk Childhood Ependymoma. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 Sep;17(9):1984-1994. PubMed PMID: 29925527
  • Panigrahi GK, Ramteke A, Birks D, Abouzeid Ali HE, Venkataraman S, Agarwal C, Vibhakar R, Miller LD, Agarwal R, Abd Elmageed ZY, Deep G. Exosomal microRNA profiling to identify hypoxia-related biomarkers in prostate cancer. Oncotarget. 2018 Mar 2;9(17):13894-13910. PubMed PMID: 29568403
  • Flannery PC, DeSisto JA, Amani V, Venkataraman S, Lemma RT, Prince EW, Donson A, Moroze EE, Hoffman L, Levy JMM, Foreman N, Vibhakar R, Green AL. Preclinical analysis of MTOR complex 1/2 inhibition in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Oncol Rep. 2018 Feb;39(2):455-464. PubMed PMID: 29207163
  • Alimova I, Pierce AM, Harris P, Donson A, Birks DK, Prince E, Balakrishnan I, Foreman NK, Kool M, Hoffman L, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Targeting Polo-like kinase 1 in SMARCB1 deleted atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. Oncotarget. 2017 Nov 14;8(57):97290-97303. PubMed PMID: 29228610
  • Amani V, Donson AM, Lummus SC, Prince EW, Griesinger AM, Witt DA, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Dorris K, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Hoffman LM. Characterization of 2 Novel Ependymoma Cell Lines With Chromosome 1q Gain Derived From Posterior Fossa Tumors of Childhood. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2017 Jul 1;76(7):595-604. PubMed PMID: 28863455
  • Garcia TB, Snedeker JC, Baturin D, Gardner L, Fosmire SP, Zhou C, Jordan CT, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Porter CC. A Small-Molecule Inhibitor of WEE1, AZD1775, Synergizes with Olaparib by Impairing Homologous Recombination and Enhancing DNA Damage and Apoptosis in Acute Leukemia. Mol Cancer Ther. 2017 Oct;16(10):2058-2068. PubMed PMID: 28655785
  • Cavalli FMG, Remke M, Rampasek L, Peacock J, Shih DJH, Luu B, Garzia L, Torchia J, Nor C, Morrissy AS, Agnihotri S, Thompson YY, Kuzan-Fischer CM, Farooq H, Isaev K, Daniels C, Cho BK, Kim SK, Wang KC, Lee JY, Grajkowska WA, Perek-Polnik M, Vasiljevic A, Faure-Conter C, Jouvet A, Giannini C, Nageswara Rao AA, Li KKW, Ng HK, Eberhart CG, Pollack IF, Hamilton RL, Gillespie GY, Olson JM, Leary S, Weiss WA, Lach B, Chambless LB, Thompson RC, Cooper MK, Vibhakar R, Hauser P, van Veelen MC, Kros JM, French PJ, Ra YS, Kumabe T, López-Aguilar E, Zitterbart K, Sterba J, Finocchiaro G, Massimino M, Van Meir EG, Osuka S, Shofuda T, Klekner A, Zollo M, Leonard JR, Rubin JB, Jabado N, Albrecht S, Mora J, Van Meter TE, Jung S, Moore AS, Hallahan AR, Chan JA, Tirapelli DPC, Carlotti CG, Fouladi M, Pimentel J, Faria CC, Saad AG, Massimi L, Liau LM, Wheeler H, Nakamura H, Elbabaa SK, Perezpeña-Diazconti M, Chico Ponce de León F, Robinson S, Zapotocky M, Lassaletta A, Huang A, Hawkins CE, Tabori U, Bouffet E, Bartels U, Dirks PB, Rutka JT, Bader GD, Reimand J, Goldenberg A, Ramaswamy V, Taylor MD. Intertumoral Heterogeneity within Medulloblastoma Subgroups. Cancer Cell. 2017 Jun 12;31(6):737-754.e6. PubMed PMID: 28609654
  • Lummus SC, Donson AM, Gowan K, Jones KL, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK. p16 Loss and E2F/cell cycle deregulation in infant posterior fossa ependymoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Dec;64(12). PubMed PMID: 28548702
  • Griesinger AM, Witt DA, Grob ST, Georgio Westover SR, Donson AM, Sanford B, Mulcahy Levy JM, Wong R, Moreira DC, DeSisto JA, Balakrishnan I, Hoffman LM, Handler MH, Jones KL, Vibhakar R, Venkataraman S, Foreman NK. NF-?B upregulation through epigenetic silencing of LDOC1 drives tumor biology and specific immunophenotype in Group A ependymoma. Neuro Oncol. 2017 Oct 1;19(10):1350-1360. PubMed PMID: 28510691
  • Green AL, Mulcahy Levy JM, Vibhakar R, Hemenway M, Madden J, Foreman N, Dorris K. Tumor treating fields in pediatric high-grade glioma. Childs Nerv Syst. 2017 Jul;33(7):1043-1045. PubMed PMID: 28470383
  • Bhatia S, Hirsch K, Bukkapatnam S, Baig NA, Oweida A, Griego A, Calame D, Sharma J, Donson A, Foreman N, Albanese C, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Karam SD. Combined EphB2 receptor knockdown with radiation decreases cell viability and invasion in medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell Int. 2017;17:41. PubMed PMID: 28360821
  • Mulcahy Levy JM, Zahedi S, Griesinger AM, Morin A, Davies KD, Aisner DL, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Fitzwalter BE, Goodall ML, Thorburn J, Amani V, Donson AM, Birks DK, Mirsky DM, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Green AL, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Thorburn A. Autophagy inhibition overcomes multiple mechanisms of resistance to BRAF inhibition in brain tumors. Elife. 2017 Jan 17;6. PubMed PMID: 28094001
  • Madden JR, Evans A, Hemenway M, Stark E, Kissell E, Polito A, Batson D, Stark M, Dhall G, Garvin JH, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Vincristine and Vinblastine: Is checking bilirubin mandatory in children with Brain Tumors?. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27808466
  • Mulcahy Levy JM, Zahedi S, Griesinger AM, Morin A, Davies KD, Aisner DL, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Fitzwalter BE, Goodall ML, Thorburn J, Amani V, Donson AM, Birks DK, Mirsky DM, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Green AL, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Thorburn A. Autophagy inhibition overcomes multiple mechanisms of resistance to BRAF inhibition in brain tumors. Elife. 2017 Jan 17;6. PubMed PMID: 28094001
  • Alimova I, Pierce AM, Harris P, Donson A, Birks DK, Prince E, Balakrishnan I, Foreman NK, Kool M, Hoffman L, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Targeting Polo-like kinase 1 in SMARCB1 deleted atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. Oncotarget. 2017 Nov 14;8(57):97290-97303. PubMed PMID: 29228610
  • Amani V, Donson AM, Lummus SC, Prince EW, Griesinger AM, Witt DA, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Dorris K, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Hoffman LM. Characterization of 2 Novel Ependymoma Cell Lines With Chromosome 1q Gain Derived From Posterior Fossa Tumors of Childhood. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2017 Jul 1;76(7):595-604. PubMed PMID: 28863455
  • Garcia TB, Snedeker JC, Baturin D, Gardner L, Fosmire SP, Zhou C, Jordan CT, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Porter CC. A Small-Molecule Inhibitor of WEE1, AZD1775, Synergizes with Olaparib by Impairing Homologous Recombination and Enhancing DNA Damage and Apoptosis in Acute Leukemia. Mol Cancer Ther. 2017 Oct;16(10):2058-2068. PubMed PMID: 28655785
  • Cavalli FMG, Remke M, Rampasek L, Peacock J, Shih DJH, Luu B, Garzia L, Torchia J, Nor C, Morrissy AS, Agnihotri S, Thompson YY, Kuzan-Fischer CM, Farooq H, Isaev K, Daniels C, Cho BK, Kim SK, Wang KC, Lee JY, Grajkowska WA, Perek-Polnik M, Vasiljevic A, Faure-Conter C, Jouvet A, Giannini C, Nageswara Rao AA, Li KKW, Ng HK, Eberhart CG, Pollack IF, Hamilton RL, Gillespie GY, Olson JM, Leary S, Weiss WA, Lach B, Chambless LB, Thompson RC, Cooper MK, Vibhakar R, Hauser P, van Veelen MC, Kros JM, French PJ, Ra YS, Kumabe T, López-Aguilar E, Zitterbart K, Sterba J, Finocchiaro G, Massimino M, Van Meir EG, Osuka S, Shofuda T, Klekner A, Zollo M, Leonard JR, Rubin JB, Jabado N, Albrecht S, Mora J, Van Meter TE, Jung S, Moore AS, Hallahan AR, Chan JA, Tirapelli DPC, Carlotti CG, Fouladi M, Pimentel J, Faria CC, Saad AG, Massimi L, Liau LM, Wheeler H, Nakamura H, Elbabaa SK, Perezpeña-Diazconti M, Chico Ponce de León F, Robinson S, Zapotocky M, Lassaletta A, Huang A, Hawkins CE, Tabori U, Bouffet E, Bartels U, Dirks PB, Rutka JT, Bader GD, Reimand J, Goldenberg A, Ramaswamy V, Taylor MD. Intertumoral Heterogeneity within Medulloblastoma Subgroups. Cancer Cell. 2017 Jun 12;31(6):737-754.e6. PubMed PMID: 28609654
  • Lummus SC, Donson AM, Gowan K, Jones KL, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK. p16 Loss and E2F/cell cycle deregulation in infant posterior fossa ependymoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Dec;64(12). PubMed PMID: 28548702
  • Griesinger AM, Witt DA, Grob ST, Georgio Westover SR, Donson AM, Sanford B, Mulcahy Levy JM, Wong R, Moreira DC, DeSisto JA, Balakrishnan I, Hoffman LM, Handler MH, Jones KL, Vibhakar R, Venkataraman S, Foreman NK. NF-?B upregulation through epigenetic silencing of LDOC1 drives tumor biology and specific immunophenotype in Group A ependymoma. Neuro Oncol. 2017 Oct 1;19(10):1350-1360. PubMed PMID: 28510691
  • Green AL, Mulcahy Levy JM, Vibhakar R, Hemenway M, Madden J, Foreman N, Dorris K. Tumor treating fields in pediatric high-grade glioma. Childs Nerv Syst. 2017 Jul;33(7):1043-1045. PubMed PMID: 28470383
  • Bhatia S, Hirsch K, Bukkapatnam S, Baig NA, Oweida A, Griego A, Calame D, Sharma J, Donson A, Foreman N, Albanese C, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Karam SD. Combined EphB2 receptor knockdown with radiation decreases cell viability and invasion in medulloblastoma. Cancer Cell Int. 2017;17:41. PubMed PMID: 28360821
  • Mulcahy Levy JM, Zahedi S, Griesinger AM, Morin A, Davies KD, Aisner DL, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Fitzwalter BE, Goodall ML, Thorburn J, Amani V, Donson AM, Birks DK, Mirsky DM, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Green AL, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK, Thorburn A. Autophagy inhibition overcomes multiple mechanisms of resistance to BRAF inhibition in brain tumors. Elife. 2017 Jan 17;6. PubMed PMID: 28094001
  • Madden JR, Evans A, Hemenway M, Stark E, Kissell E, Polito A, Batson D, Stark M, Dhall G, Garvin JH, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Vincristine and Vinblastine: Is checking bilirubin mandatory in children with Brain Tumors?. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27808466
  • Matheson CJ, Venkataraman S, Amani V, Harris PS, Backos DS, Donson AM, Wempe MF, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R, Reigan P. A WEE1 Inhibitor Analog of AZD1775 Maintains Synergy with Cisplatin and Demonstrates Reduced Single-Agent Cytotoxicity in Medulloblastoma Cells. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26745241
  • Thompson EM, Hielscher T, Bouffet E, Remke M, Luu B, Gururangan S, McLendon RE, Bigner DD, Lipp ES, Perreault S, Cho YJ, Grant G, Kim SK, Lee JY, Rao AA, Giannini C, Li KK, Ng HK, Yao Y, Kumabe T, Tominaga T, Grajkowska WA, Perek-Polnik M, Low DC, Seow WT, Chang KT, Mora J, Pollack IF, Hamilton RL, Leary S, Moore AS, Ingram WJ, Hallahan AR, Jouvet A, Fèvre-Montange M, Vasiljevic A, Faure-Conter C, Shofuda T, Kagawa N, Hashimoto N, Jabado N, Weil AG, Gayden T, Wataya T, Shalaby T, Grotzer M, Zitterbart K, Sterba J, Kren L, Hortobágyi T, Klekner A, László B, Pócza T, Hauser P, Schüller U, Jung S, Jang WY, French PJ, Kros JM, van Veelen ML, Massimi L, Leonard JR, Rubin JB, Vibhakar R, Chambless LB, Cooper MK, Thompson RC, Faria CC, Carvalho A, Nunes S, Pimentel J, Fan X, Muraszko KM, López-Aguilar E, Lyden D, Garzia L, Shih DJ, Kijima N, Schneider C, Adamski J, Northcott PA, Kool M, Jones DT, Chan JA, Nikolic A, Garre ML, Van Meir EG, Osuka S, Olson JJ, Jahangiri A, Castro BA, Gupta N, Weiss WA, Moxon-Emre I, Mabbott DJ, Lassaletta A, Hawkins CE, Tabori U, Drake J, Kulkarni A, Dirks P, Rutka JT, Korshunov A, Pfister SM, Packer RJ, Ramaswamy V, Taylor MD. Prognostic value of medulloblastoma extent of resection after accounting for molecular subgroup: a retrospective integrated clinical and molecular analysis. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Apr;17(4):484-95. PubMed PMID: 26976201
  • Matheson CJ, Venkataraman S, Amani V, Harris PS, Backos DS, Donson AM, Wempe MF, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R, Reigan P. A WEE1 Inhibitor Analog of AZD1775 Maintains Synergy with Cisplatin and Demonstrates Reduced Single-Agent Cytotoxicity in Medulloblastoma Cells. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Jul 15;11(7):2066-7. PubMed PMID: 27304454
  • Prince EW, Balakrishnan I, Shah M, Mulcahy Levy JM, Griesinger AM, Alimova I, Harris PS, Birks DK, Donson AM, Davidson N, Remke M, Taylor MD, Handler MH, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Checkpoint kinase 1 expression is an adverse prognostic marker and therapeutic target in MYC-driven medulloblastoma. Oncotarget. 2016 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27449089
  • Amani V, Prince EW, Alimova I, Balakrishnan I, Birks D, Donson AM, Harris P, Levy JM, Handler M, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Polo-like Kinase 1 as a potential therapeutic target in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. BMC Cancer. 2016 Aug 18;16:647. PubMed PMID: 27538997
  • Matheson CJ, Venkataraman S, Amani V, Harris PS, Backos DS, Donson AM, Wempe MF, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R, Reigan P. A WEE1 Inhibitor Analog of AZD1775 Maintains Synergy with Cisplatin and Demonstrates Reduced Single-Agent Cytotoxicity in Medulloblastoma Cells. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26745241
  • Matheson CJ, Venkataraman S, Amani V, Harris PS, Backos DS, Donson AM, Wempe MF, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R, Reigan P. A WEE1 Inhibitor Analog of AZD1775 Maintains Synergy with Cisplatin and Demonstrates Reduced Single-Agent Cytotoxicity in Medulloblastoma Cells. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26745241
  • Thompson EM, Hielscher T, Bouffet E, Remke M, Luu B, Gururangan S, McLendon RE, Bigner DD, Lipp ES, Perreault S, Cho YJ, Grant G, Kim SK, Lee JY, Rao AA, Giannini C, Li KK, Ng HK, Yao Y, Kumabe T, Tominaga T, Grajkowska WA, Perek-Polnik M, Low DC, Seow WT, Chang KT, Mora J, Pollack IF, Hamilton RL, Leary S, Moore AS, Ingram WJ, Hallahan AR, Jouvet A, Fèvre-Montange M, Vasiljevic A, Faure-Conter C, Shofuda T, Kagawa N, Hashimoto N, Jabado N, Weil AG, Gayden T, Wataya T, Shalaby T, Grotzer M, Zitterbart K, Sterba J, Kren L, Hortobágyi T, Klekner A, László B, Pócza T, Hauser P, Schüller U, Jung S, Jang WY, French PJ, Kros JM, van Veelen ML, Massimi L, Leonard JR, Rubin JB, Vibhakar R, Chambless LB, Cooper MK, Thompson RC, Faria CC, Carvalho A, Nunes S, Pimentel J, Fan X, Muraszko KM, López-Aguilar E, Lyden D, Garzia L, Shih DJ, Kijima N, Schneider C, Adamski J, Northcott PA, Kool M, Jones DT, Chan JA, Nikolic A, Garre ML, Van Meir EG, Osuka S, Olson JJ, Jahangiri A, Castro BA, Gupta N, Weiss WA, Moxon-Emre I, Mabbott DJ, Lassaletta A, Hawkins CE, Tabori U, Drake J, Kulkarni A, Dirks P, Rutka JT, Korshunov A, Pfister SM, Packer RJ, Ramaswamy V, Taylor MD. Prognostic value of medulloblastoma extent of resection after accounting for molecular subgroup: a retrospective integrated clinical and molecular analysis. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Apr;17(4):484-95. PubMed PMID: 26976201
  • Matheson CJ, Venkataraman S, Amani V, Harris PS, Backos DS, Donson AM, Wempe MF, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R, Reigan P. A WEE1 Inhibitor Analog of AZD1775 Maintains Synergy with Cisplatin and Demonstrates Reduced Single-Agent Cytotoxicity in Medulloblastoma Cells. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Jul 15;11(7):2066-7. PubMed PMID: 27304454
  • Prince EW, Balakrishnan I, Shah M, Mulcahy Levy JM, Griesinger AM, Alimova I, Harris PS, Birks DK, Donson AM, Davidson N, Remke M, Taylor MD, Handler MH, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Checkpoint kinase 1 expression is an adverse prognostic marker and therapeutic target in MYC-driven medulloblastoma. Oncotarget. 2016 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27449089
  • Amani V, Prince EW, Alimova I, Balakrishnan I, Birks D, Donson AM, Harris P, Levy JM, Handler M, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Polo-like Kinase 1 as a potential therapeutic target in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. BMC Cancer. 2016 Aug 18;16:647. PubMed PMID: 27538997
  • Alimova I, Ng J, Harris P, Birks D, Donson A, Taylor MD, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. MPS1 kinase as a potential therapeutic target in medulloblastoma. Oncol Rep. 2016 Nov;36(5):2633-2640. PubMed PMID: 27633003
  • Alimova I, Ng J, Harris P, Birks D, Donson A, Taylor MD, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. MPS1 kinase as a potential therapeutic target in medulloblastoma. Oncol Rep. 2016 Nov;36(5):2633-2640. PubMed PMID: 27633003
  • Madden JR, Evans A, Hemenway M, Stark E, Kissell E, Polito A, Batson D, Stark M, Dhall G, Garvin JH, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Vincristine and Vinblastine: Is checking bilirubin mandatory in children with Brain Tumors?. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Nov 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27808466
  • Griesinger AM, Josephson RJ, Donson AM, Mulcahy Levy JM, Amani V, Birks DK, Hoffman LM, Furtek SL, Reigan P, Handler MH, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK. Interleukin-6/STAT3 Pathway Signaling Drives an Inflammatory Phenotype in Group A Ependymoma. Cancer Immunol Res. 2015 Oct;3(10):1165-74. PubMed PMID: 25968456
  • Neuwelt AJ, Nguyen T, Wu YJ, Donson AM, Vibhakar R, Venkatamaran S, Amani V, Neuwelt EA, Rapkin LB, Foreman NK. Preclinical high-dose acetaminophen with N-acetylcysteine rescue enhances the efficacy of cisplatin chemotherapy in atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Jan;61(1):120-7. PubMed PMID: 23956023
  • Venkataraman S, Alimova I, Balakrishnan I, Harris P, Birks DK, Griesinger A, Amani V, Cristiano B, Remke M, Taylor MD, Handler M, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Inhibition of BRD4 attenuates tumor cell self-renewal and suppresses stem cell signaling in MYC driven medulloblastoma. Oncotarget. 2014 May 15;5(9):2355-71. PubMed PMID: 24796395
  • Harris PS, Venkataraman S, Alimova I, Birks DK, Balakrishnan I, Cristiano B, Donson AM, Dubuc AM, Taylor MD, Foreman NK, Reigan P, Vibhakar R. Integrated genomic analysis identifies the mitotic checkpoint kinase WEE1 as a novel therapeutic target in medulloblastoma. Mol Cancer. 2014 Mar 24;13:72. PubMed PMID: 24661910
  • Shih DJ, Northcott PA, Remke M, Korshunov A, Ramaswamy V, Kool M, Luu B, Yao Y, Wang X, Dubuc AM, Garzia L, Peacock J, Mack SC, Wu X, Rolider A, Morrissy AS, Cavalli FM, Jones DT, Zitterbart K, Faria CC, Schüller U, Kren L, Kumabe T, Tominaga T, Shin Ra Y, Garami M, Hauser P, Chan JA, Robinson S, Bognár L, Klekner A, Saad AG, Liau LM, Albrecht S, Fontebasso A, Cinalli G, De Antonellis P, Zollo M, Cooper MK, Thompson RC, Bailey S, Lindsey JC, Di Rocco C, Massimi L, Michiels EM, Scherer SW, Phillips JJ, Gupta N, Fan X, Muraszko KM, Vibhakar R, Eberhart CG, Fouladi M, Lach B, Jung S, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Fèvre-Montange M, Jouvet A, Jabado N, Pollack IF, Weiss WA, Lee JY, Cho BK, Kim SK, Wang KC, Leonard JR, Rubin JB, de Torres C, Lavarino C, Mora J, Cho YJ, Tabori U, Olson JM, Gajjar A, Packer RJ, Rutkowski S, Pomeroy SL, French PJ, Kloosterhof NK, Kros JM, Van Meir EG, Clifford SC, Bourdeaut F, Delattre O, Doz FF, Hawkins CE, Malkin D, Grajkowska WA, Perek-Polnik M, Bouffet E, Rutka JT, Pfister SM, Taylor MD. Cytogenetic prognostication within medulloblastoma subgroups. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Mar 20;32(9):886-96. PubMed PMID: 24493713
  • Hoffman LM, Reed Plimpton S, Foreman NK, Stence NV, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Hemenway MS, Vibhakar R, Liu AK. Fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery for recurrent ependymoma in children. J Neurooncol. 2013 Sep 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24078173
  • Neuwelt AJ, Nguyen T, Wu YJ, Donson AM, Vibhakar R, Venkatamaran S, Amani V, Neuwelt EA, Rapkin LB, Foreman NK. Preclinical high-dose acetaminophen with N-acetylcysteine rescue enhances the efficacy of cisplatin chemotherapy in atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2014 Jan;61(1):120-7. PubMed PMID: 23956023
  • Whiteway SL, Harris PS, Venkataraman S, Alimova I, Birks DK, Donson AM, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Inhibition of cyclin-dependent kinase 6 suppresses cell proliferation and enhances radiation sensitivity in medulloblastoma cells. J Neurooncol. 2013 Jan;111(2):113-21. PubMed PMID: 23138228
  • Hoffman LM, Reed Plimpton S, Foreman NK, Stence NV, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Hemenway MS, Vibhakar R, Liu AK. Fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery for recurrent ependymoma in children. J Neurooncol. 2013 Sep 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24078173
  • Birks DK, Donson AM, Patel PR, Sufit A, Algar EM, Dunham C, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Handler MH, Vibhakar R, Foreman NK. Pediatric rhabdoid tumors of kidney and brain show many differences in gene expression but share dysregulation of cell cycle and epigenetic effector genes. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Jul;60(7):1095-102. PubMed PMID: 23382118
  • Zhou Z, Luther N, Ibrahim GM, Hawkins C, Vibhakar R, Handler MH, Souweidane MM. B7-H3, a potential therapeutic target, is expressed in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. J Neurooncol. 2012 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23232807
  • Dubuc AM, Remke M, Korshunov A, Northcott PA, Zhan SH, Mendez-Lago M, Kool M, Jones DT, Unterberger A, Morrissy AS, Shih D, Peacock J, Ramaswamy V, Rolider A, Wang X, Witt H, Hielscher T, Hawkins C, Vibhakar R, Croul S, Rutka JT, Weiss WA, Jones SJ, Eberhart CG, Marra MA, Pfister SM, Taylor MD. Aberrant patterns of H3K4 and H3K27 histone lysine methylation occur across subgroups in medulloblastoma. Acta Neuropathol. 2012 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23184418
  • Zhou Z, Luther N, Ibrahim GM, Hawkins C, Vibhakar R, Handler MH, Souweidane MM. B7-H3, a potential therapeutic target, is expressed in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. J Neurooncol. 2012 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23232807
  • Venkataraman S, Birks DK, Balakrishnan I, Alimova I, Harris PS, Patel PR, Handler MH, Dubuc A, Taylor MD, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. MicroRNA 218 acts as a tumor suppressor by targeting multiple cancer phenotype associated genes in medulloblastoma. J Biol Chem. 2012 Dec 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23212916
  • Alimova I, Birks DK, Harris PS, Knipstein JA, Venkataraman S, Marquez VE, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Inhibition of EZH2 suppresses self-renewal and induces radiation sensitivity in atypical rhabdoid teratoid tumor cells. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Nov 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23190500
  • Dubuc AM, Remke M, Korshunov A, Northcott PA, Zhan SH, Mendez-Lago M, Kool M, Jones DT, Unterberger A, Morrissy AS, Shih D, Peacock J, Ramaswamy V, Rolider A, Wang X, Witt H, Hielscher T, Hawkins C, Vibhakar R, Croul S, Rutka JT, Weiss WA, Jones SJ, Eberhart CG, Marra MA, Pfister SM, Taylor MD. Aberrant patterns of H3K4 and H3K27 histone lysine methylation occur across subgroups in medulloblastoma. Acta Neuropathol. 2012 Nov 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23184418
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  • Harris PS, Venkataraman S, Alimova I, Birks DK, Donson AM, Knipstein J, Dubuc A, Taylor MD, Handler MH, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibition suppresses cell growth and enhances radiation sensitivity in medulloblastoma cells. BMC Cancer. 2012 Mar 5;12:80. PubMed PMID: 22390279
  • Alimova I, Venkataraman S, Harris P, Marquez VE, Northcott PA, Dubuc A, Taylor MD, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Targeting the enhancer of zeste homologue 2 in medulloblastoma. Int J Cancer. 2012 Oct 15;131(8):1800-9. PubMed PMID: 22287205
  • Knipstein JA, Birks DK, Donson AM, Alimova I, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Histone deacetylase inhibition decreases proliferation and potentiates the effect of ionizing radiation in atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor cells. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Feb;14(2):175-83. PubMed PMID: 22156471
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Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Cancer Research, Member
  • American Society for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Member
  • American Society for Gene Therapy, Member
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, Board Certification (2008)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2011)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Blood / Lymphatic System - Blood Disorders
  • Cancers - Pediatric Cancer
  • Blood / Lymphatic System
  • Cancers
Clinical Interest for Patients
My clinical interest is in the treatment of Pediatric Oncology & Neuro-Oncology with an emphasis on medulloblastoma.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, New York Medical College (1999)
Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, New York Medical College (1999)
  • MPH, New York Medical College (1999)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Macalester College (MN) (1991)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Program, Pediatrics (2002)
Fellowships:
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Program, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology (2005)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation
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