Sujatha Venkataraman, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Publications

  • Balakrishnan I, Danis E, Pierce A, Madhavan K, Wang D, Dahl N, Sanford B, Birks DK, Davidson N, Metselaar DS, Meel MH, Lemma R, Donson A, Vijmasi T, Katagi H, Sola I, Fosmire S, Alimova I, Steiner J, Gilani A, Hulleman E, Serkova NJ, Hashizume R, Hawkins C, Carcaboso AM, Gupta N, Monje M, Jabado N, Jones K, Foreman N, Green A, Vibhakar R, Venkataraman S. Senescence Induced by BMI1 Inhibition Is a Therapeutic Vulnerability in H3K27M-Mutant DIPG. Cell Rep. 2020 Oct 20;33(3):108286. PubMed PMID: 33086074
  • Gillen AE, Riemondy KA, Amani V, Griesinger AM, Gilani A, Venkataraman S, Madhavan K, Prince E, Sanford B, Hankinson TC, Handler MH, Vibhakar R, Jones KL, Mitra S, Hesselberth JR, Foreman NK, Donson AM. Single-Cell RNA Sequencing of Childhood Ependymoma Reveals Neoplastic Cell Subpopulations That Impact Molecular Classification and Etiology. Cell Rep. 2020 Aug 11;32(6):108023. PubMed PMID: 32783945
  • Green AL, Flannery P, Hankinson TC, O'Neill B, Amani V, DeSisto J, Knox A, Chatwin H, Lemma R, Hoffman LM, Mulcahy Levy J, Raybin J, Hemenway M, Gilani A, Koschmann C, Dahl N, Handler M, Pierce A, Venkataraman S, Foreman N, Vibhakar R, Wempe MF, Dorris K. Preclinical and clinical investigation of intratumoral chemotherapy pharmacokinetics in DIPG using gemcitabine. Neurooncol Adv. 2020 Jan-Dec;2(1):vdaa021. PubMed PMID: 32642682
  • Bhatia S, Bukkapatnam S, Van Court B, Phan A, Oweida A, Gadwa J, Mueller AC, Piper M, Darragh L, Nguyen D, Gilani A, Knitz M, Bickett T, Green A, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Cittelly D, Karam SD. The effects of ephrinB2 signaling on proliferation and invasion in glioblastoma multiforme. Mol Carcinog. 2020 Sep;59(9):1064-1075. PubMed PMID: 32567728
  • Dahl NA, Danis E, Balakrishnan I, Wang D, Pierce A, Walker FM, Gilani A, Serkova NJ, Madhavan K, Fosmire S, Green AL, Foreman NK, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Super Elongation Complex as a Targetable Dependency in Diffuse Midline Glioma. Cell Rep. 2020 Apr 7;31(1):107485. PubMed PMID: 32268092
  • Moreira DC, Venkataraman S, Subramanian A, Desisto J, Balakrishnan I, Prince E, Pierce A, Griesinger A, Green A, Eberhardt CG, Foreman NK, Vibhakar R. Targeting MYC-driven replication stress in medulloblastoma with AZD1775 and gemcitabine. J Neurooncol. 2020 May;147(3):531-545. PubMed PMID: 32180106
  • Green AL, DeSisto J, Flannery P, Lemma R, Knox A, Lemieux M, Sanford B, O'Rourke R, Ramkissoon S, Jones K, Perry J, Hui X, Moroze E, Balakrishnan I, O'Neill AF, Dunn K, DeRyckere D, Danis E, Safadi A, Gilani A, Hubbell-Engler B, Nuss Z, Levy JMM, Serkova N, Venkataraman S, Graham DK, Foreman N, Ligon K, Jones K, Kung AL, Vibhakar R. Correction: BPTF regulates growth of adult and pediatric high-grade glioma through the MYC pathway. Oncogene. 2020 Mar;39(12):2641. PubMed PMID: 31969682
  • DeSisto JA, Flannery P, Lemma R, Pathak A, Mestnik S, Philips N, Bales NJ, Kashyap T, Moroze E, Venkataraman S, Kung AL, Carter BD, Landesman Y, Vibhakar R, Green AL. Exportin 1 Inhibition Induces Nerve Growth Factor Receptor Expression to Inhibit the NF-?B Pathway in Preclinical Models of Pediatric High-Grade Glioma. Mol Cancer Ther. 2020 Feb;19(2):540-551. PubMed PMID: 31594826
  • Veo B, Danis E, Pierce A, Sola I, Wang D, Foreman NK, Jin J, Ma A, Serkova N, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Combined functional genomic and chemical screens identify SETD8 as a therapeutic target in MYC-driven medulloblastoma. JCI Insight. 2019 Jan 10;4(1). [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30626740
  • 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. 2019 Apr 15;144(8):1983-1995. PubMed PMID: 30230537
  • Smith WM, Purvis IJ, Bomstad CN, Labak CM, Velpula KK, Tsung AJ, Regan JN, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Asuthkar S. Therapeutic targeting of immune checkpoints with small molecule inhibitors. Am J Transl Res. 2019;11(2):529-541. PubMed PMID: 30899360
  • Purvis IJ, Avilala J, Guda MR, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Tsung AJ, Velpula KK, Asuthkar S. Role of MYC-miR-29-B7-H3 in Medulloblastoma Growth and Angiogenesis. J Clin Med. 2019 Aug 2;8(8). PubMed PMID: 31382461
  • DeSisto JA, Flannery P, Lemma R, Pathak A, Mestnik S, Philips N, Bales NJ, Kashyap T, Moroze E, Venkataraman S, Kung AL, Carter BD, Landesman Y, Vibhakar R, Green AL. Exportin 1 inhibition induces nerve growth factor receptor expression to inhibit the NF-kB pathway in preclinical models of pediatric high-grade glioma. Mol Cancer Ther. 2019 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31594826
  • Purvis IJ, Avilala J, Guda MR, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R, Tsung AJ, Velpula KK, Asuthkar S. Role of MYC-miR-29-B7-H3 in Medulloblastoma Growth and Angiogenesis. J Clin Med. 2019 Aug 2;8(8). PubMed PMID: 31382461
  • Veo B, Danis E, Pierce A, Sola I, Wang D, Foreman NK, Jin J, Ma A, Serkova N, Venkataraman S, Vibhakar R. Combined functional genomic and chemical screens identify SETD8 as a therapeutic target in MYC-driven medulloblastoma. JCI Insight. 2019 Jan 10;4(1). [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30626740
  • 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. 2019 Apr 15;144(8):1983-1995. PubMed PMID: 30230537
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nozik-Grayck E, Woods C, Stearman RS, Venkataraman S, Ferguson BS, Swain K, Bowler RP, Geraci MW, Ihida-Stansbury K, Stenmark KR, McKinsey TA, Domann FE. Histone deacetylation contributes to low extracellular superoxide dismutase expression in human idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2016 Jul 1;311(1):L124-34. PubMed PMID: 27233998
  • Tong Q, Weaver MR, Kosmacek EA, O'Connor BP, Harmacek L, Venkataraman S, Oberley-Deegan RE. MnTE-2-PyP reduces prostate cancer growth and metastasis by suppressing p300 activity and p300/HIF-1/CREB binding to the promoter region of the PAI-1 gene. Free Radic Biol Med. 2016 May;94:185-94. PubMed PMID: 26944191
  • 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 Apr 15;11(4):921-30. PubMed PMID: 26745241
  • 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
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Care Philosophy
The diagnosis of a brain tumor has a major and long-lasting impact on the entire family. It’s even worse if a child is diagnosed with a devastating brain tumor. Anyone, especially little kids should not go through this suffering. I am currently researching on identifying key genes that are responsible for initiation and progression of various types of pediatric brain tumors. My research is focused on understanding the biology of each tumor in order to find better therapies for curing brain tumors in children.

Personal Interests
If I get some free time, I love to cook and try new recipes. I go walking with my friends and listen to music.

General Information

Department: Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation
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