Irene Orlow, MS & PhD

Attending Biologist & Laboratory Member

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Irene Orlow, Attending Biologist & Laboratory Member

Office Phone

212-639-3072

Office Fax

212-717-3666

Education

University of Buenos Aires

Current Research Interests/Research Goals

Dr. Orlow directs the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory. Her research interests include the study of host and tumor genetics, phenotypic characteristics, and exposures that modulate cancer prognosis in patients with melanoma, breast, lung and bladder cancer. In the area of melanoma, since the year 2000 she is a member of the international Genes, Environment, and Melanoma (GEM) Study group, and in more recent years of the InterMEL Consortium. Among others, studies within GEM include research on the vitamin D receptor and chemokine/chemokine receptor polymorphisms, and their role as modifiers of patients’ survival.  She collaborates with members of the Dermatology Service to evaluate the effect of genetics, phenotypic characteristics, and exposures to further the knowledge of the biology and epidemiology of nevi —a known risk factor for melanoma, and the underlying genetic risk factors for chemotherapy-induced persistent alopecia. With Drs. Tim Ahles and James Root, she is assessing the impact of host genetics and other biomarkers on neurocognitive function in patients with breast cancer. With Dr. Jun Mao, she is assessing phenotypic and genetic biomarkers linked to the efficacy of interventions in cancer patients.  With her lab, Dr. Orlow supports additional multidisciplinary investigations in the areas of cancer etiology, prognosis and survivorship. Her laboratory handles biospecimen collections for large epidemiologic studies including, among others, biospecimens from breast, colorectal, pancreatic, and endometrial cancer, as well as melanoma patients. She supports an institution-wide genetic study of CoV-2/COVID-19.

 

Publications

Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Orlow I, Tommasi DV, Bloom B, Ostrovnaya I, Cotignola J, Mujumdar U, Busam KJ, Jungbluth AA, Scolyer RA, Thompson JF, Armstrong BK, Berwick M, Thomas NE, Begg CB. Evaluation of the clonal origin of multiple primary melanomas using molecular profiling. J Invest Dermatol, 129(8):1972-1982, 2009. PMC2745834
  2. Cotignola J, Chou JF, Roy P, Mitra N, Busam K, Halpern AC, and Orlow I. Investigation of the effect of MDM2 SNP309 and TP53 Arg72Pro polymorphisms on the age of onset of cutaneous melanoma. J Invest Dermatol 132:1471-1478, 2012. PMID:22336942
  3. Correa DD, Satagopan J, Baser RE, Cheung K, Richards E, Lin M, Karimi S, Lyo J, DeAngelis LM, Orlow I. Apolipoprotein E polymorphisms and cognitive functions in patients with brain tumors. Neurology 83:320-327, 2014. PMC4115606
  4. Gibbs DC, Orlow I, Bramson JI, Kanetsky PA, Luo L, Kricker A, Armstrong BK, Anton-Culver H, Gruber SB, Marrett LD, Gallagher RP, Zanetti R, Rosso S, Dwyer T, Sharma A, La Pilla E, From L, Busam KJ, Cust AE, Ollila DW, Begg CB, Berwick M, Thomas NE; GEM Study Group. Association of Interferon Regulatory Factor-4polymorphism rs12203592 with divergent melanoma pathways. J Natl Cancer Inst.108(7) 1-9, 2016. PMC4948568
  5. Orlow I, Reiner AS, Thomas NE, Roy P, Kanetsky PA, Luo L, Paine S, Armstrong BK, Kricker A, Marrett LD, Rosso S, Zanetti R, Gruber SB, Anton-Culver H, Gallagher RP, Dwyer T, Busam K, Begg CB, Berwick M; GEM Study Group. Vitamin D receptor polymorphisms and survival in patients with cutaneous melanoma: a population-based study. Carcinogenesis. 37(1):30-8, 2016. PMC4715233

View a full listing of Irene Orlow’s journal articles.

Disclosures

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