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The Britta Weigelt Lab

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Britta Weigelt, PhD
Britta Weigelt, PhD
Director, Gynecology DMT Research Laboratory

Gynecology DMT Research Laboratory

Our laboratory focuses on the use of high-throughput genomics and functional genomics to identify drivers of rare gynecologic cancer types, and to define the clinical and biological significance of intra-tumor phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity in these tumors. Dr. Weigelt’s laboratory is devising strategies to overcome the challenges posed by intra-tumor genetic heterogeneity, based on state-of-the-art sequencing analyses of circulating cell free (cf)DNA and of single cells. By bringing together traditional pathological techniques with genetic analyses and functional studies, the Weigelt lab seeks to refine the classification of gynecologic cancers and identify novel drivers and potential therapeutic targets of specific tumor types. In addition, Dr. Weigelt is investigating if cfDNA analysis (so-called “liquid biopsies”) can accurately monitor the disease course of women with endometrial or cervical cancer, and if resistance mechanisms to platinum salts or PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer patients can be identified in cfDNA.

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The Britta Weigelt Lab

Publications Highlights

Identification of recurrent FHL2-GLI2 oncogenic fusion in sclerosing stromal tumors of the ovary. Kim SH, Da Cruz Paula A, Basili T, Dopeso H, Bi R, Pareja F, da Silva EM, Gularte-Mérida R, Sun Z, Fujisawa S, Smith CG, Ferrando L, Martins Sebastião AP, Bykov Y, Li A, Silveira C, Ashley CW, Stylianou A, Selenica P, Samore WR, Jungbluth AA, Zamarin D, Abu-Rustum NR, Helin K, Soslow RA, Reis-Filho JS, Oliva E, Weigelt B. Nat Commun 2020; 11:44. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13806-x.

High-Sensitivity Mutation Analysis of Cell-Free DNA for Disease Monitoring in Endometrial Cancer. Ashley CW, Selenica P, Patel J, Wu M, Nincevic J, Lakhman Y, Zhou Q, Shah RH, Berger MF, Da Cruz Paula A, Brown DN, Marra A, Iasonos A, Momeni-Boroujeni A, Alektiar KM, Long Roche K, Zivanovic O, Mueller JJ, Zamarin D, Broach VA, Sonoda Y, Leitao MM, Friedman CF, Jewell E, Reis-Filho JS, Ellenson LH, Aghajanian C, Abu-Rustum NR, Cadoo K, Weigelt B. Clin Cancer Res 2023;29(2):410-421. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-22-1134.

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Britta Weigelt, PhD

Britta Weigelt, PhD

Director, Gynecology DMT Research Laboratory

  • Molecular geneticist Britta Weigelt studies the genomics of gynecologic cancers and the use of circulating cell-free DNA for disease monitoring and the identification of therapy resistance mechanisms.
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Members

Emily Ali

Senior Research Technician

Sarah Andres

GYN Oncology Fellow

David Brown

Senior Computational Biologist

Maureen “Moe” Byrne

GYN Oncology Fellow

Silva da Edaise
Jose Dopeso Gonzalez

Senior Research Scientist

Kaitlyn Gill

Research Technician

Sushmita Gordhandas
Sushmita Gordhandas

GYN Oncology Fellow

Hunter Green
Hunter Green

Senior Research Technician

Noah Hooper

Research Technician

Ryan Kahn
Ryan Kahn

GYN Oncology Fellow

Sarah Kim

Assistant Attending, Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery

Clarissa Lam

GYN Oncology Fellow

Beryl Manning-Geist
Beryl Manning-Geist

GYN Oncology Fellow

Sara Moufarrij

GYN Oncology Fellow

Juber Ahamad Patel

Senior Computational Biologist

Aaron Praiss
Aaron Praiss

GYN Oncology Fellow

Pier Selenica

Senior Research Technician

Tiffany Sia
Tiffany Sia

GYN Oncology Fellow

Mackenzie W. Sullivan

Gynecologic Oncology Fellow

Julia Tengelin

Research Scholar

Nancy Varice

Research Project Associate

Laxmi Yashwant Gusain

Research Assistant

Selma Yeni Yildirim

Senior Research Scientist

William A. Zammarrelli III
William A. Zammarrelli III

GYN Oncology Fellow

Lab Alumni
Charles W. Ashley
Charles W. Ashley

GYN Oncology Fellow

Melica N. Brodeur
Melica N. Brodeur

Research Fellow

Arnaud Da Cruz Paula, PhD
Arnaud Da Cruz Paula

Research Associate

Kimberly Dessources
Kimberly Dessources

GYN Oncology Fellow

Jacqueline Feinberg
Jacqueline Feinberg

GYN Oncology Fellow

Olga T. Filippova
Olga T Filippova

GYN Oncology Fellow

Etta Hanlon
Etta Hanlon

Research Technician

Ana Maroldi
Ana Maroldi

Research Technician

Kathryn Miller
Kathryn Miller

GYN Oncology Fellow

Lea Moukarzel, MD
Lea Moukarzel

GYN Oncology Fellow

Evan Smith
Evan Smith

GYN Oncology Fellow

Anthe Stylianou , BSc
Anthe Stylianou

Research Technician

Michelle Wu
Michelle Wu

Research Project Associate

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