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Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD

Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD Researcher

Director, Gynecologic Cancer Research, Basser Center for BRCA Director, Ovarian Cancer Research Center Franklin Payne Associate Professor of Pathology in Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Drapkin is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Gynecologic Oncology

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
  • Chemotherapy for Gynecologic Cancers
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School
Fellowship: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Memberships

Adelson Program in Cancer Research, Adelson Med Research Foundation, International American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National American Association of Cancer Research, National American Society of Clinical Oncology, National Auckland Medical Research Foundation (New Zealand), International Cancer Research UK (CRUK), International College of American Pathology, National European Society of Medical Oncology, International Faculty of 1000, International International Gynecologic Cancer, International Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC), International Medical and Scientific Review Committee, United Kingdom Ovarian Cancer Action, International Mersana Therapeutics, National Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, New York, NY, International Pear Tree Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA, National Repare Therapeutics Inc., National Siamab Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA, National Society of Gynecologic Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Drapkin is employed by Penn Medicine.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

The Drapkin laboratory focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the genetic, molecular and physiological factors that drive the development of cancer, with a special focus on gynecologic malignancies. Recent work from our group and others has implicated the fallopian tube (FT) secretory cell as the likely cell-of-origin for a majority of high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas. This new concept of ovarian tumorigenesis has been a paradigm shift in the field and the Drapkin lab has been at the forefront in developing novel experimental platforms that address the role of the FT epithelium and its susceptibility to neoplastic transformation. These platforms include genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models, fallopian tube-derived cell lines, and patient-derived tumor xenografts. The lab is currently focused on utilizing these models to interrogate how genetic and epigenetic alterations influence lineage dependencies, genomic instability, DNA repair, replicative stress, and metabolism. The goal is to define selective vulnerabilities that can guide novel therapeutic approaches and biomarker development.

KEYWORDS: Ovarian cancer, Fallopian tube, Genomics/Epigenomics of precursor lesions, Cyclin E, Replication Stress, BRCA1/2, DNA Repair, Protein complexes, Biomarkers, Animal models.

ROTATION PROJECTS:

Rotation projects are open to students in each of the areas the lab focuses on. Please see Ronny Drapkin to discuss potential rotation projects.

LAB PERSONNEL:

Marilyn Mitchell, Lab Manager
Kai Doberstein, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Jagmohan Hooda, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Sarah Stuckelberger, MD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Daniele Moreira, Pharm PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Paul Kroeger Jr, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Yasuko Kinose, MD, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor
Sho Sato, MD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Yi Feng, Graduate Student
Cristina Arruza, Undergraduate Student


ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR:

Denise Curley
215-573-9476
denise.curley@uphs.upenn.edu

Selected Publications:

Labidi-Galy SI, Papp E, Hallberg D, Niknafs N, Adleff V, Noe M, Bhattacharya R, Novak M, Jones S, Phallen J, Hruban CA, Hirsch MS, Lin DI, Schwartz L, Maire CL, Tille JC, Bowden M, Ayhan A, Wood LD, Scharpf RB, Kurman R, Wang TL, Shih IM, Karchin R, Drapkin R*, Velculescu VE*., * Co-senior/corresponding authors: High grade serous ovarian carcinomas originate in the fallopian tube. Nature Communications 8 (1): 1093,2017.

Liu JF, Palakurthi S, Zeng Q, Zhou S, Ivanova E, Huang W, Zervantonakis IK, Selfors LM, Shen Y, Pritchard CC, Zheng M, Adleff V, Papp E, Piao H, Novak M, Fotheringham S, Wulf G, English J, Kirschmeier PT, Velculescu VE, Paweletz CP, Mills GB, Livingston DM, Brugge JS, Matulonis UA, Drapkin R.: Establishment of patient-derived tumor xenograft models of epithelial ovarian cancer for pre-clinical evaluation of novel therapeutics. Clin Can Res 23 (5): 1263-1273,2017.

Kroeger PT Jr, Drapkin R: Pathogenesis and heterogeneity of ovarian cancer. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol 29 (1): 26-34,2017.

Au-Yeung G, Lang F, Azar WJ, Mitchell C, Jarman KE, Lackovic K, Aziz D, Cullinane C, Pearson RB, Mileshkin L, Rischin D, Karst AM, Drapkin R, Etemadmoghadam D, Bowtell DD.: Selective targeting of Cyclin E1 amplified high grade serous ovarian cancer by cyclin-dependent kinase 2 and AKT inhibition. Clin Can Res 23 (7): 1862-1874,2017.

Elias KM, Emori MM, Westerling T, Long H, Budina-Kolomets A, Li F, MacDuffie E, Davis MR, Holman A, Lawney B, Freedman ML, Quackenbush J, Brown M, Drapkin R.: Epigenetic remodeling regulates transcriptional changes between ovarian cancer and benign precursors. JCI Insight 1 (13): e87988,2016.

Elias KM, Emori MM, Papp E, MacDuffie E, Konecny GE, Velculescu VE, Drapkin R.: Beyond genomics: critical evaluation of cell line utility for ovarian cancer research. Gynecol Oncol 139 (1): 97-103,2015.

Davidowitz RA, Selfors LM, Iwanicki MP, Karst AM, Piao HY, Ince TA, Dering J, Konecny GE, Matulonis U, Mills GB, Slamon DJ, Drapkin R*, Brugge JS*. Co-senior/corresponding authors.: Mesenchymal gene program-expressing ovarian cancer spheroids exhibit enhanced mesothelial clearance. J Clin Invest 124(6):2611-25 : 2014.

Karst AM, Jones PM, Vena N, Ligon AH, Liu JF, Hirsch MS, Etemadmoghadam D, Bowtell DD, Drapkin R: Cyclin E1 deregulation occurs early in secretory cell transformation to promote formation of fallopian tube-derived high-grade serous ovarian cancers. Cancer Res 74 (4): 1141-52,2014.

Perets R, Muto KW, Bijron JG, Poole BB, Chin KT, Kwak S, Chen JYH, Karst AM, Setlur SR, Hirsch MS, Crum CP, Dinulescu DM, Drapkin R: Transformation of the fallopian tube secretory epithelium leads to high-grade serous ovarian cancer in Brca;Tp53;Pten models. *Highlighted in Nature Reviews Cancer, Cancer Discovery, and Cancer Research. Cancer Cell 24: 751-65 : 2013.

Karst AM, Levanon K, Drapkin R: Modeling high-grade serous ovarian carcinogenesis from the fallopian tube. *Highlighted in Nature Reviews Cancer and JNCI Proc Natl Acad Sci 108: 7547-7552 : 2011.

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Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania
Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Blvd., Rm. 1215

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 746-3973
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)