Memorial Hospital Research Laboratories
The Benjamin Greenbaum Lab
Our goal is to quantify how the immune system impacts tumor evolution and to use that understanding to advance the reach and breadth of cancer immunotherapies. We do so by using approaches from disciplines such as statistical physics, evolutionary dynamics, machine learning and information theory to infer the mechanisms by which the immune system alters the fitness of tumors and viruses in both therapeutic and non-therapeutic settings. Much of our lab’s work draws inspiration from fundamental theoretical questions related to the evolution of viruses and cancer, self versus non-self discrimination, and the role of repetitive elements in cancer. We work with clinical and experimental investigators to assemble datasets where questions about the immune system’s role in cancer be well-posed and insights gained can be translated into clinically impactful work. Towards this end, we recently formed the Program in Computational Immuno-oncology to bridge the Computational Oncology Service and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.
Łuksza M, Sethna ZM, Rojas LA, Lihm J, Bravi B, Elhanati Y, Soares K, Amisaki M, Dobrin A, Hoyos D, Guasp P, Zebboudj A, Yu R, Chandra AK, Waters T, Odgerel Z, Leung J, Kappagantula R, Makohon-Moore A, Johns A, Gill A, Gigoux M, Wolchok J, Merghoub T, Sadelain M, Patterson E, Monasson R, Mora T, Walczak AM, Cocco S, Iacobuzio-Donahue C, Greenbaum BD*, Balachandran VP*. Neoantigen quality predicts immunoediting in survivors of pancreatic cancer. Nature. 2022 Jun;606(7913):389-395. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04735-9. Epub 2022 May 19. PMID: 35589842; PMCID: PMC9177421.
Hoyos D, Zappasodi R, Schulze I, Sethna Z, de Andrade KC, Bajorin DF, Bandlamudi C, Callahan MK, Funt SA, Hadrup SR, Holm JS, Rosenberg JE, Shah SP, Vázquez-García I, Weigelt B, Wu M, Zamarin D, Campitelli LF, Osborne EJ, Klinger M, Robins HS, Khincha PP, Savage SA, Balachandran VP, Wolchok JD, Hellmann MD, Merghoub T, Levine AJ, Łuksza M, Greenbaum BD. Fundamental immune-oncogenicity trade-offs define driver mutation fitness. Nature. 2022 Jun;606(7912):172-179. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04696-z. Epub 2022 May 11. Erratum in: Nature. 2022 May 31;: PMID: 35545680; PMCID: PMC9159948.
Rajurkar M, Parikh AR, Solovyov A, You E, Kulkarni AS, Chu C, Xu KH, Jaicks C, Taylor MS, Wu C, Alexander KA, Good CR, Szabolcs A, Gerstberger S, Tran AV, Xu N, Ebright RY, Van Seventer EE, Vo KD, Tai EC, Lu C, Joseph-Chazan J, Raabe MJ, Nieman LT, Desai N, Arora KS, Ligorio M, Thapar V, Cohen L, Garden PM, Senussi Y, Zheng H, Allen JN, Blaszkowsky LS, Clark JW, Goyal L, Wo JY, Ryan DP, Corcoran RB, Deshpande V, Rivera MN, Aryee MJ, Hong TS, Berger SL, Walt DR, Burns KH, Park PJ, Greenbaum BD*, Ting DT*. Reverse Transcriptase Inhibition Disrupts Repeat Element Life Cycle in Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2022 Jun 2;12(6):1462-1481. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-21-1117. PMID: 35320348; PMCID: PMC9167735.
Roudko V*, Bozkus CC*, Orfanelli T, McClain CB, Carr C, O’Donnell T, Chakraborty L, Samstein R, Huang KL, Blank SV, Greenbaum B*, Bhardwaj N*. Shared Immunogenic Poly-Epitope Frameshift Mutations in Microsatellite Unstable Tumors. Cell 183:1634-1649 (2020).
Nogalski MT, Solovyov A, Kulkarni AS, Desai N, Oberstein A, Levine AJ, Ting DT, Shenk T, Greenbaum BD. A tumor-specific endogenous repetitive element is induced by herpesviruses. Nat Commun. 10:90 (2019).
Solovyov A*, Vabret N*, Arora KS, Snyder A, Funt SA, Bajorin DF, Rosenberg JE, Bhardwaj N, Ting DT*, Greenbaum BD*. Global cancer transcriptome quantifies repeat element polarization between immunotherapy responsive and T cell suppressive classes. Cell Reports 23:512-521 (2018).
Benjamin Greenbaum, PhD
- The Greenbaum lab utilizes techniques from statistical physics, information theory, and evolutionary biology to better understand the role of self/non-self discrimination in tumor evolution, model response to immunotherapies, and quantify drivers of virus and cancer evolution.
- PhD in theoretical physics, Columbia University
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- PhD, Biophysics, The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel (2012)
- MSc, Theoretical Physics, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (2007)
- BSc, Physics and Mathematics, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (2000)
- Invited Professor, Statistical Physics, École Normale Supérieure (2022)
- The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research ASPIRE Award (2021)
- Pancreatic Cancer Collective Phillip A. Sharp Challenge Award (2021)
- Pershing Square Foundation COVID-19 Award (2020)
- NextGen Innovator, HemOnc Today (2019)
- Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research (2018)
- Mark Foundation Investigator Award (2018)
- Phillip A. Sharp Award for Innovation in Collaboration, Stand Up to Cancer (2016)
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