Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program

The A. Ari Hakimi Lab


A. Ari Hakimi
A. Ari Hakimi, MD

The Hakimi Lab aims to understand immune infiltration, inflammation, and the tumor microenvironment in RCC to identify novel therapeutic targets to overcome resistance to systemic therapies. These studies apply bulk, single-cell and spatial RNA sequencing, flow cytometry, and immunogenomic analyses to both patient samples and novel, immunocompetent kidney cancer mouse lines that we have developed.

Current Projects:

  • Targeting myeloid populations in RCC
  • impact of obesity on immune response in RCC
  • Genetically engineered mouse models and cell lines of RCC
  • Immune response in non clear cell subtypes of RCC

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Publications Highlights

Hakimi AA, Furberg H, Zabor EC, Jacobsen A, Schultz N, Ciriello G, Mikklineni N, Fiegoli B, Kim PH, Voss MH, Shen H, Laird PW, Sander C, Reuter VE, Motzer RJ, Hsieh JJ, Russo P. An epidemiologic and genomic investigation into the obesity paradox in renal cell carcinoma. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013;105(24):1862-70. PMC3866155.

Hakimi AA, Reznik E, Lee CH, Creighton CJ, Brannon AR, Luna A, Aksoy BA, Liu EM, Shen R, Lee W, Chen Y, Stirdivant SM, Russo P, Chen YB, Tickoo SK, Reuter VE, Cheng EH, Sander C, Hsieh JJ. An integrated metabolic atlas of clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Cancer Cell. 2016; 29(1):104-116. PMC4809063.

Sanchez A, Furberg H, Kuo F, Vuong L, Ged Y, Patil S, Ostrovnaya I, Petruzella S, Reising A, Patel P, Mano R, Coleman J, Russo P, Liu CH, Dannenberg AJ, Chan TA, Motzer R, Voss MH, Hakimi AA. Transcriptomic signatures related to the obesity paradox in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma: a cohort study. Lancet Oncol. 2020; 21(2):283-293. PMC7082892.

Tang C, Xie AX, Liu EM, Kuo F, Kim M, DiNatale RG, Golkaram M, Chen YB, Gupta S, Motzer RJ, Russo P, Coleman J, Carlo MI, Voss MH, Kotecha RR, Lee CH, Tansey W, Schultz N, Hakimi AA*, Reznik E. mmunometabolic coevolution defines unique microenvironmental niches in ccRCC. Cell Metabolism. 2023 Jun 28:S1550-4131(23)00215-2. PMID 37413991 (*co–senior author).

Hakimi AA, Voss MD, Kuo F, Sanchez A, Liu M, Nixon BG, Vuong L, Ostrovnaya I, Chen YB, Reuter V, Riaz N, Cheng Y, Patel P, Marker M, Reising A, Li MO, Chan TA, Motzer R. Transcriptomic profiling of the tumor microenvironment reveals distinct subgroups of clear cell renal cell cancer - data from a randomized Phase III trial. Cancer Discov. 2019;9(4):510-525. PMC6697163.

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A. Ari Hakimi

A. Ari Hakimi, MD

  • Physician-Scientist A. Ari Hakimi, MD studies genetic and metabolic mechanisms of immune response in kidney cancers.
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Lynda Vuong

Senior Research Scientist

Linda Posada Calderon

Urology Fellow

Marc Dawidek

Urology Fellow

Hui Jiang

Research Associate

Fengshen Kuo

Bioinformatics Engineer

Doris Zheng


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