Department of Radiology

The Naga Vara Kishore Pillarsetty Lab

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Nagavara-Kishore Pillarsetty
Naga Vara Kishore Pillarsetty, PhD

Targeted Theranostics Laboratory

Molecularly targeted therapy modulates a dysregulated target(s) and/or biologic pathway(s) that provides survival advantage for cancer cells. This targeting enables achieve selective destruction of cancer cells while minimizing harm to normal cells. We work on the development and clinical translation of molecular imaging and therapeutic agents that can 1) identify dysregulated pathways noninvasively; 2) serve as prognostic indicators of response and/or monitor response to therapy; 3) aid in understanding drug pharmacokinetics; and 4) take advantage of target overexpression to develop companion radiotherapeutics. The molecular imaging agent can be a small molecule, peptide, antibody, or a nanoparticle and conjugated to a radioactive or optically active or therapeutic payload depending on the intended application. We have leveraged targets such as PSMA, epichaperome, PARP, NaV1.7, and GLP1R to develop targeted theranostics. By collaborating with other laboratories and clinicians at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, we have been able to translate several molecular imaging agents for first-in-human studies;  These include epichaperome-specific PET probes [124I]-PU-H71 (Pillarsetty et al. 2019, NCT01269593, NCT01393509) and [124I]-PU-AD (Bolaender et al. 2021, NCT03371420), PARP-specific fluorescent intraoperative probe PARPi-FL (Kossatz et al 2020, NCT03085147), and several other PET probes that have entered clinical trials at MSKCC. In addition, we are actively exploring new targets that include mucins, ATM, ATR, DLL3 etc. to develop novel targeted theranostics.

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Nagavara-Kishore Pillarsetty

Naga Vara Kishore Pillarsetty, PhD

  • The Pillarsetty Laboratory develops bioactive radiopharmaceuticals and fluorophores for molecular characterization and targeted treatment of cancer.

Members

Raik Artschwager
Raik Artschwager

Research Scholar

Christopher Brennan

Research Technician

Paula Demetrio De Souza Franca
Paula Demetrio De Souza Franca

Senior Research Scientist

Tulio Esposito

Postdoctoral fellow

Zelie Faudemer

Graduate Student

Kevin Fisher
Kevin Fisher

Senior Administrative Assistant

Vilma Jallinoja
Vilma Jallinoja

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kali Jones

Research Technician

Teja Kalidindi
Teja Kalidindi

Research Assistant

Momena Khatoon

Research Technician

Alexa L. Michel
Alexa L. Michel

Research Technician

Ali Mouzannar

Surgeon

Daniel Okpattah

Graduate Student

Rachel Payne

Graduate Student

Evan Stater
Evan Stater

Postdoctoral Scholar

Tara Viray
Tara Viray

Research Technician

Lab Alumni
Dauren Adilbay
Dauren Adilbay

Visiting Investigator

Arvind Dev
Arvind Dev
Junior Gonzales
Junior Gonzales

Research Associate

Julia Gutierrez
Julia Gutierrez

Research Intern

Delissa S. Johnson
Delissa S. Johnson

Research Technician

Mayuresh M. Mane

Research Technician

Kaitlin Rhee
Kaitlin Rhee

MISP Summer Fellow

Sheryl Roberts
Sheryl Roberts

Research Associate

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