Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program
The Michael Berger Lab
The focus of the Berger laboratory is to use novel computational and experimental techniques to characterize the spectrum of genetic mutations in human tumors in order to identify biomarkers of cancer progression and drug response.
The identification of molecular drivers of cancer and the development of targeted therapies for these drivers offer hope for better outcomes for patients with cancer. Global efforts to comprehensively characterize the genomes of all major cancer types continue to reveal new genetic alterations with implications for tumor biology, prognosis, and treatment. Using massively parallel next-generation DNA sequencing, we are developing and applying methods of profiling individual tumor specimenspatient biospecimens for somatic base mutations and other genomicand inherited alterations that may influence response to therapy. Our research falls into two main categories: technology development and biomarker discovery.
Srinivasan P, Bandlamudi C, Jonsson P, Kemel Y, Chavan SS, Richards AL, Penson AV, Bielski CM, Fong C, Syed A, Jayakumaran G, Prasad M, Hwee J, Sumer SO, de Bruijn I, Li X, Gao J, Schultz N, Cambria R, Galle J, Mukherjee S, Vijai J, Cadoo KA, Carlo MI, Walsh MF, Mandelker D, Ceyhan-Birsoy O, Shia J, Zehir A, Ladanyi M, Hyman DM, Zhang L, Offit K, Robson ME, Solit DB, Stadler ZK, Berger MF, Taylor BS. The context-specific role of germline pathogenicity in tumorigenesis. Nat Genet. 2021 Nov;53(11):1577-1585. doi: 10.1038/s41588-021-00949-1. Epub 2021 Nov 5.
Development of Genome-Derived Tumor Type Prediction to Inform Clinical Cancer Care. Penson A, Camacho N, Zheng Y, Varghese AM, Al-Ahmadie H, Razavi P, Chandarlapaty S, Vallejo CE, Vakiani E, Gilewski T, Rosenberg JE, Shady M, Tsui DWY, Reales DN, Abeshouse A, Syed A, Zehir A, Schultz N, Ladanyi M, Solit DB, Klimstra DS, Hyman DM, Taylor BS, Berger MF. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Nov 14.
Mutational landscape of metastatic cancer revealed from prospective clinical sequencing of 10,000 patients. Zehir A, Benayed R, Shah RH, Syed A, Middha S, Kim HR, Srinivasan P, Gao J, Chakravarty D, Devlin SM, Hellmann MD, Barron DA, Schram AM, Hameed M, Dogan S, Ross DS, Hechtman JF, DeLair DF, Yao J, Mandelker DL, Cheng DT, Chandramohan R, Mohanty AS, Ptashkin RN, Jayakumaran G, Prasad M, Syed MH, Rema AB, Liu ZY, Nafa K, Borsu L, Sadowska J, Casanova J, Bacares R, Kiecka IJ, Razumova A, Son JB, Stewart L, Baldi T, Mullaney KA, Al-Ahmadie H, Vakiani E, Abeshouse AA, Penson AV, Jonsson P, Camacho N, Chang MT, Won HH, Gross BE, Kundra R, Heins ZJ, Chen HW, Phillips S, Zhang H, Wang J, Ochoa A, Wills J, Eubank M, Thomas SB, Gardos SM, Reales DN, Galle J, Durany R, Cambria R, Abida W, Cercek A, Feldman DR, Gounder MM, Hakimi AA, Harding JJ, Iyer G, Janjigian YY, Jordan EJ, Kelly CM, Lowery MA, Morris LGT, Omuro AM, Raj N, Razavi P, Shoushtari AN, Shukla N, Soumerai TE, Varghese AM, Yaeger R, Coleman J, Bochner B, Riely GJ, Saltz LB, Scher HI, Sabbatini PJ, Robson ME, Klimstra DS, Taylor BS, Baselga J, Schultz N, Hyman DM, Arcila ME, Solit DB, Ladanyi M, Berger MF. Nature Medicine. 2017; 23(6):703-713.
Tracking tumour evolution in glioma through liquid biopsies of cerebrospinal fluid. Miller AM, Shah RH, Pentsova EI, Pourmaleki M, Briggs S, Distefano N, Zheng Y, Skakodub A, Mehta SA, Campos C, Hsieh WY, Selcuklu SD, Ling L, Meng F, Jing X, Samoila A, Bale TA, Tsui DWY, Grommes C, Viale A, Souweidane MM, Tabar V, Brennan CW, Reiner AS, Rosenblum M, Panageas KS, DeAngelis LM, Young RJ, Berger MF*, Mellinghoff IK*. Nature. 2019 Jan;565(7741):654-658.
Jonsson P, Lin AL, Young RJ, DiStefano NM, Hyman DM, Li BT, Berger MF, Zehir A, Ladanyi M, Solit DB, Arnold AG, Stadler ZK, Mandelker D, Goldberg ME, Chmielecki J, Pourmaleki M, Ogilvie SQ, Chavan SS, McKeown AT, Manne M, Hyde A, Beal K, Yang TJ, Nolan CP, Pentsova E, Omuro A, Gavrilovic IT, Kaley TJ, Diamond EL, Stone JB, Grommes C, Boire A, Daras M, Piotrowski AF, Miller AM, Gutin PH, Chan TA, Tabar VS, Brennan CW, Rosenblum M, DeAngelis LM, Mellinghoff IK, Taylor BS. Genomic Correlates of Disease Progression and Treatment Response in Prospectively Characterized Gliomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Sep 15;25(18):5537-5547. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-0032. Epub 2019 Jul 1. PMCID: PMC6753053.
Michael F. Berger, PhD
Co-Director, Marie-Josée & Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology; Attending, Molecular Diagnostics Service, Department of Pathology
- Researcher Michael Berger focuses on massively parallel sequencing of tumor DNA for biomarker discovery and clinical diagnostics.
- PhD, Harvard University
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